piaf“Piaf is a play by Pam Gems that focuses on the life and career of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The biographical drama with music portrays the singer in a most unflattering light. She is presented as a self-destructive, promiscuous alcoholic and junkie who, in one controversial scene, urinates in public.

It premiered in 1978 at RSC. The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, after which it moved to The Donmar theatre London and then Aldwych Theatre, then The Piccadilly then Wyndham’s theatres, before going to the USA, first Philadelphia, then opened on Broadway at the Plymouth theater.

Jane Lapotaire won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. Zoë Wanamaker was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. In 1984 Virginia Lago won the Premio Estrella de Mar for Best Actress and in 1984 Prensario Award for Best Actress. In 1994 Elaine Page won the Gold Badge of Merit Award from BASCA and in 1994 a nomination for the Olivier Award – Best Actress in a Musical. In 1995 Laura Canoura won the Iris de Plata Award. In 2009 Elena Roger won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.”