Piaf – musical drama

Once again the Octagon Theatre, Bolton is delighted that Manchester Airport Group, the largest UK owned airport operator, are sponsoring the final show of the Octagon’s 2012-13 Season, Piaf.


French singer and cultural icon Edith Piaf is celebrated in this powerful musical drama following her rise from the streets of Paris to the international stage.

The life and career of Piaf is as unique as her distinctive singing style. Raised in a brothel by her grandmother whilst her parents worked as performers, Piaf sang in public for the first time in 1929, aged 14, when she joined her father in his acrobatic street shows. The years that followed were spent as a street singer and it was in 1935 that she was discovered by a nightclub owner, starting her career in an exclusive club off the Champs-Elysées.

Piaf became known as the ‘little sparrow’, so called for her petite frame and extreme nervousness at singing on stage, her fragile appearance creating a striking contrast against her powerful and mesmerising voice. But as her popularity and fame increased so too did the drama that was to shape her life. Connections to the French Resistance, addictions to morphine and alcohol, a  dramatic love life that was to end in tragedy, and rumours of  links to ‘the mob’ were all to contribute to her enigmatic and ill-fated life.

Written by Pam Gems, Piaf was performed for the first time in 1978 at the RSC before moving to the West End and then transferring to Broadway.

Featuring the iconic torch songs ‘La Vie En Rose’ and ‘Non, Je ne Regrette Rien’ performed live on stage, Piaf vividly portrays the rise and fall of this charismatic and unforgettable performer. This is the compelling and powerful story about the life of a woman who did it her way.

Please note: Some customers might consider this play to be unsuitable for children.

Tickets: £23.50 – £9.50, discounts available including SEASON TICKETS, groups, schools young person’s £5 stand-by tickets

Performance Times

Evenings: 7.30pm

Matinees May-June 2013: Fri 24, Wed 29 May, Sat 8, Wed 12, Sat 15 June, 2pm

Special Diary Dates

Bargain Nights: Thu 23, Fri 24 May (tickets £15.50 – £9.50)

Meet the director and cast: Thu 6 June (free, post show)

Investigate Day: Sat 8 June (£17.50, £14.50 concessions)

Audio Described: Thu 13 June, 7.30pm

There will be no performance on Mon 27 May.

For more information visit the Octagon Theatre website



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