Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Leeds Playhouse Present

Piaf: Dementia Friendly Performance

By Pam Gems. Directed by Adam Penford

Thursday 14 May 2020 at 1.30pm

Main House - Tickets: £31.50 - £10.50

Age guidance 14+


This performance is carefully tailored for people with dementia and their families or carers so that everyone can enjoy the wonder of theatre at Nottingham Playhouse in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.

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

Piaf is directed by Adam Penford (An Enemy of the People, The Madness of George III, Wonderland) and stars Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell in the title role.

Cast includes

Edith Piaf Jenna Russell

Creative team includes

Director Adam Penford
Designer Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles

Cabaret-style Seating – limited availability Experience Jenna Russell’s stunning performance up close as award-winning designer Frankie Bradshaw (Skellig) transforms Nottingham Playhouse’s Theatre into a Parisian bar. Book early to secure your cabaret-style seats next to the stage.

Here are some of the ways this performance is Dementia Friendly:

• The volume of music will be reduced when dialogue is taking place
• Changing seats during the performance is fine and so is leaving the performance and re-entering
• This is not a schools performance, so the audience will be quieter
• There will be additional signage with pictures in the foyers
• There will be a quiet room, before after and during the show
• There will be more staff on hand to support
• A very relaxed attitude to moving around the theatre and making noise

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding familiarisation visits, wheelchair access and disabled parking, all you need to do is email

Call our Box Office on 0115 941 9419 for more details on Dementia-Friendly Performances.

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Are you a charity?

The Nottingham Playhouse HotHouse scheme offers £7.50 tickets to charities and community groups, helping individuals to access the theatre more easily. To find out if your organisation is eligible contact Rebecca on

Access information

Patrons who require an assisting companion for their visit will receive the second ticket for free. Please call our friendly Box Office team on 0115 941 9419 for more information.

There is level access to enter the theatre and a lift providing access to all levels of the theatre from the Box Office foyer. There is access to the auditorium from the lower foyer and via East Circus Street. We can accommodate wheelchair users on row M of the main auditorium.

There are 3 accessible toilets at the Playhouse, available on the ground floor, stalls and circle levels.

There are parking spaces available to Blue Badge Holders on North Circus Street/East Circus Street. Find out more.

Dates & Times

Piaf: Dementia Friendly Performance - Thu 14 May 1:30pm Thu 14 May Main House 1:30pm £31.50 - £10.50 Book Now

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