FULLY AIR CONDITIONED
Jermyn Street Theatre
The REACTION Season
HYMN TO LOVE
Homage to Piaf
Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford, and Elizabeth Mansfield
Starring Elizabeth Mansfield
Accompanied by Patrick Bridgman.
“I’m singing tonight. There’s nothing else. Nothing but singing.”
In a Manhattan hotel room, Edith Piaf rehearses for her last US concert. But for Piaf the hotel holds memories. Eight years earlier she had telephoned her lover, boxer Marcel Cerdan, begging him to overcome his fear of flying and leave France to be with her. Hours later she heard the terrible news that his plane had crashed. Marcel was dead.
An extraordinary musical homage to Piaf, Hymn to Love explores love, loss and longing with 13 of Piaf’s songs, each given fresh meaning in vibrant new translations. Passionate, memorable and unmissable theatre.
Praise for Hymn to Love
A TRIUMPH! The Independent
MANSFIELD DELIVERS THE FAMOUS SONGS SUPERBLY The Guardian
BEAUTIFULLY STAGED … ELECTRIFYING SINGING The Telegraph
‘Elizabeth Mansfield is once again Piaf. This isn’t an impersonation but a performance.” British Theatre Guide
‘ …with precision and emotion, her voice never falters as Piaf’s spirit flutters in the room.” Broadway World
‘Mansfield is mesmerising…gut-wrenching truthfulness.’ Theatre World Internet Magazine
‘she naturally embodies her physicality and vulnerability with an ease.’ Spy In The Stalls
‘Patrick Bridgman at the piano gives Mansfield first rate support.’ Reviewsgate
‘Mansfield’s performance is a tribute, not an impersonation.’ Broadway Baby
‘a fine, dramatic performance’ Musical Theatre Review
Pianist Patrick Bridgman is perfect, not only musically, but as Piaf’s long-suffering foil. Morning Star
‘Trafford’s excellent English translations of the lyrics, delivered with the same drama and tragedy as Piaf by Mansfield.’ View From The Cheap Seats
Damian Cruden directs. Cruden is Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, and his production of The Railway Children won an Olivier Award in 2011.
Elizabeth Mansfield plays Piaf. Mansfield was nominated for a Best Actress Olivier Award for her performance as Marie Lloyd in Marie, and has worked at most of the UK’s leading theatres
Running time around 1 hour 25 minutes. NO interval.
Songs by Edith Piaf
Translated by Steve Trafford
Directed by Damian Cruden
Lighting by Andew J Lindsay
Sound by Yvonne Gilbert
A Theatre by the Lake and York Theatre Royal co-production, in association with Ensemble.
Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees 3.30pm.
£30.00 / £20.00 concessions.