“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.

How We're Keeping You Safe

At the point the show is due to open, there should be no compulsory social distancing in place according to the Government Roadmap. There may be other Covid-safety measures in place which, of course, we will need audiences to adhere to and we will update all bookers with full details as we know more. You can find out more about our current measures here.

We have two guaranteed socially-distanced performances. These will take place on Thursday 8 July, 1.30pm and Tuesday 13 July, 7.30pm. Simply select your preferred date at the point of booking.

Our performance on Wednesday 14 July at 7.30pm will be livestreamed for audiences who would prefer to join us from home. You can book for our livestream here.


Jenna Russell
Piaf Jenna Russell


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
Deputy Stage Manager Richard Lodge
Casting Director Will Burton CDG


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description and a Dementia-Friendly performance for this production.

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.