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  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours + 20 min interval
  • Age Guidance: 13+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    This production includes strong language, flashing and transitional lights, cigarette smoke and theatrical smoke. It also includes themes of sex and sexual violence, abusive/bullying behaviour, bereavement and sudden death. The production may also include strobe lighting and sudden noises.

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More Information on Piaf

“You don’t have to stay in the gutter just because you were born there…” 

Born Edith Gassion in 1915, no one could have predicted Edith Piaf’s phenomenal rise to fame – from singing in the streets of Paris to becoming one of France’s biggest international stars, her voice is still revered to this day. But her extraordinary talent was matched with an equally extraordinary personal life. 

Pam Gems’ sensational and emotionally-charged play explores the highs and lows of the enigmatic yet fragile singer’s life and features some of Piaf’s most famous songs, including La Vie en Rose, Hymne à l’amour and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. 

Piafis directed by Adam Penford (An Enemy of the People, The Madness of George III, Wonderland) and stars Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell in the title role.  

A Leeds Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse co-production

DOWNLOAD the PIAF programme


We have designated specific performances where the social distanced seating will be guaranteed to remain in place, these are indicated with SD.

Cast & Credits

Director Adam Penfold / Designer Frankie Bradshaw / Lighting Designer Jack Knowles / Sound Designer Ella Wahlstrom / MD, Arranger & Orchestrator Gareth Valentine / Movement Director Georgina Lamb / Dialect Coach Felicite du Jeu / Casting Director Will Burton /

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    Jenna Russell
    as Edith Piaf
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    Sally Ann Triplett
    as Toine
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    Laura Pitt-Pulford
    as Marlene Dietrich
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    Garry Robson
    as Louis Leplee
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    Louis Gaunt
    as Theo
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    Samuel James
    as Bruno
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    Matthew Woodyatt
    as Raymond
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    Joseph Prowen
    as Louis
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    Zheng Xi Yong
    as Lucien


Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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