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‘There’ve been so many pieces about Edith Piaf; this one is unique because of the songs sung in English’: Elizabeth Mansfield on Hymn to Love

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Twenty years after she first played her, Elizabeth Mansfield returns to the role of Edith Piaf in a revised version of hit homage Hymn to Love, opening tonight (27 July 2018) at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre after sell-outs on tour. In our interview below, Mansfield tells us more about her incredible journey with The Little Sparrow and how singing her classic torch songs in English changes everything…

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PIAF – Charing Cross Theatre

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Icon Edith Piaf inspired numerous films and plays, including 1978 play with music, Piaf. The four foot, 8 inches tall chanteuse from a broken home died at just 47, but left a songbook often heard in popular culture. These songs, which feature heavily, epitomise the defiant spirit of a France under attack, painfully relevant today.


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Before launching into a sassy opening routine of Irving Berlin’s Sisters, Ria Jones and Ceri Dupree tease their audience with a hint of Gypsy’s act one Let Me Entertain You – sung of course originally by that show’s child sisters June and Louise. And in that moment these two gifted performers achieve a rare and elusive vanishing point that sees dramatic irony fade into reality. For Dupree and Jones really are siblings, Dupree by a few years being Jones’ elder brother.

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Review: Christine Bovill’s PIAF

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Edith Giovanna Gassion known as Piaf died when I was ten. There can therefore be few audience members for tribute performances who heard her live other than those whose parents also carried their half-sleeping forms to a late concert.  Yet as a performing icon she endures in the same way that perhaps only Judy Garland, […]

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