World renowned French chantreuse, Edith Piaf, ‘the Sparrow’ (1915-1963), is alive and well and living in London – for the moment anyway – first at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, and then at the Charing Cross Theatre, in the Arches, off Villiers Street (literally under Charing Cross Station). ‘Piaf’, the play, follows her life from discovery to her too early death through her much loved songs and includes many of her circle, such as Marlene Dietrich and Charles Aznavour. The play ‘Piaf’ is Pam Gems’ maybe best known work, this time directed by Finnish born, London based, Jari Laakso. Cameron Leigh gives a tour-de-force performance as Piaf herself. The production is timed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Edith Piaf (1915-1963) now lies at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris.
Sing along and weep!