Important Information

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 14 June and the delayed easing of restrictions, all in-person performances of Piaf will now be socially-distanced. You can find out more about how we’re keeping you safe when you visit here.

All customers with an existing booking have been emailed and those with an affected booking will receive new e-tickets and seat numbers shortly. If you have any queries, you can email our Box Office team at We thank you for your patience at this time.

About the Show

“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 RoseHymne à l’amour and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

Piaf is directed by Adam Penford (An Enemy of the PeopleThe Madness of George IIIWonderland) and stars Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George, EastEnders) in the title role.

Cabaret-Style Seating – Limited Availability
Experience Piaf up close as we transform the Theatre into a Parisian cabaret club. With tables available next to the stage, book early to avoid disappointment.


4 rating
The Telegraph
4 rating
Reviews Hub
5 rating
East Midlands Theatre
“Jenna Russell captures the tragedy in this rags-to-riches story”
The Guardian
“a tour de force”
East Midlands Theatre


Jenna Russell
Piaf Jenna Russell
Louis Gaunt
Theo/Marcel/Jacques Louis Gaunt
Samuel James
Bruno Samuel James
Laura Pitt-Pulford
Marlene/Eddie/Madeleine Laura Pitt-Pulford
Joseph Prowen
Louis Barrier/Little Louis Joseph Prowen
Garry Robson
Leplee/Butcher/Vaimber Garry Robson
Sally Ann Triplett
Toine Sally Ann Triplett
Matthew Woodyatt
Raymond/Inspector/Charles Matthew Woodyatt
Zheng Xi Yong
Lucien/Emil/Boxer/Georges Zheng Xi Yong


Writer Pam Gems
Director Adam Penford
Musical Director, Arranger and Orchestrator Gareth Valentine
Designer Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer Ella Wahlström
Movement Director Georgina Lamb
Dialect Coach Félicité du Jeu
Company & Stage Manager Jane Eliot-Webb
Deputy Stage Manager Richard Lodge
Assistant Stage Manager Louise Pearson
Wardrobe Supervisor Emma Waugh
Wigs Supervisor Betty Marini
Casting Director Will Burton CDG


British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description will be provided at select performances. We also have a Dementia-friendly performance.

Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.