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July 29th - August 3rd
Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.
Amélie is a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar®-nominated film, and an ‘enchanting act of theatrical reinvention’(The Los Angeles Times). French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson will star as Amélie Poulain, alongside West End performer, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and television actor Danny Mac as the sweet daydreamer Nino Quincampoix.
Come and be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibilities around every corner.
Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in.
★★★★★ “The perfect production of a delicious musical” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
★★★★★ “a glistening piece of theatre” ReviewsGate
★★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★★ “breathtaking… Ravishingly romantic. Pure heaven” Sunday Express
★★★★ “Delightful and warm-hearted” The Stage
★★★★ “an irresistible, delicious treat” The Times
★★★★ “a magical and emotional triumph” The Guardian
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ “C’est magnifique” The Telegraph
★★★★ “A rocking realisation of the film” The Observer
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 35 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.
Production photography by Pamela Raith
Absolutely Brilliant, if you want to escape from the rest of the world for a short time. Immerse yourself in this show, faultless performances all round, Left the theatre smiling.
This production was a joy! Totally bonkers but beautifully done. Confusing, barking, and endearing. I loved it.
Choice Radio Worcester
Amélie is that rare thing - a 2001 French-language film ("Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain") that went on to be nominated for 5 Oscars, win two BAFTAs and achieved the position of being the highest-grossing French film in the US.
So making a stage version is perfectly natural and now, nearly two decades later, this has come to pass. But turning this much-loved and idiosynchratic film into a musical version???
It turns out that this was the best decision they could have made and Amélie The Musical, directed by Michael Fentiman with words and music by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, is a sheer delight from beginning to end.
From the moment you enter the auditorium when you are met with a superb set mimicking a typical Paris Metropolitain tube station and the first notes of the very first song - The flight of the blue fly - you are well and truly hooked.
The entire cast are actors/singers/musicians and perform as a band of troubadours who luckily have an absolutely brilliant musical score to work with. And this is important as virtually the entire story of Amélie is told through song - more than 30 in total. And there isn't a single sub-standard song in there.
Amélie Poulain herself is played by French-Canadian Audrey Brisson (no stranger to the stage, her family having been involved in Cirque Du Soleil for many years ) and she totally nails it, portraying the kind of cute, innocent and playful Gallic charm the role needs as Amélie is a troubled soul hiding away from the dangerous world around her but nonetheless secretly enacting small acts of kindness on those around her.
Sadly, Amélie's mother died when she was young - "squished" when a man committing suicide from the top of Notre Dame fell on top of her - leaving her with just a rather distant father, portrayed in a section which is cleverly performed with a puppet of Amélie. Meanwhile, disturbing her gentle way of life is another quiet soul, the mysterious Nino Quincampoix, poignantly played by Strictly-finalist Danny Mac, who spends his days visiting tube station photo booths, collecting discarded photos and putting them in an album. Which he then loses…
For the first time, Amélie feels a need to connect but simply cannot bring herself to do so... Will these two lost souls who are so obviously made for each other finally manage to get together after a series of cat-and-mouse games by Amélie??
You genuinely hope that they will...
There are some hilarious moments throughout the show - Act One ends with an appearance by Elton John and his tribute to Amélie (replacing Lady Di), the Mary Poppins-like means of getting to her bedroom, there's the nun "just browsing" the Pigalle sex shop complete with... well use your imagination!, the garden gnome which travels the world, the dancing figs (yes, really!) - it is a really imaginative and well-conceived version of the film.
You certainly do not need to have seen the original film, nor for that matter understand French, to enjoy and appreciate this show. Both the music and the songs and the very talented cast who perform them make this easily the best new - and very different - musical for years, beating other contenders by a very long French country kilometre. A truly brilliant show and thoroughly deserving the 5 stars.
What an amazing spectacle, the staging was superb, the songs gorgeous, loved the puppets of the young amelie and the gnome which was so funny. The Elton John mimic was superb. The musicality stupendous and so talented. The best show l have seen for such a long time, l want to see it again!! Brilliant
Type of show you will love or hate. Sorry I hated it, no story line, couldn't hear what the cast were saying or singing, I considered leaving at half time wish I had, I was counting the minutes to the end.
So sorry to report that I couldn’t understand what on Earth the show was about. The musicians and the singing was amazing but unfortunately music was loud and as the accents were finch I couldn’t understand the words in the songs. I actually left in the interval which is something that I have never done before. Very very disappointed ☹️
I loved it! The set was hugely impressive but I'm still struggling to understand how the pianos contained so many props, yet still played?! The music and musical talent among the cast was awe inspiring and the sound quality was excellent. This is surely a must see for any musical lover and I can't wait to see it again. C'est magnifique!!
This is for the most part a wonderful show, a gorgeous set, superbly talented players and a brilliant vocal score and very cleverly imagined BUT...
as the story is told in song, it was very hard work - too hard - to try to hear and make out the words. This was partly due to the volume of music against the vocals and partly due to the heavy accents.
So the storyline was baffling and the struggle to understand was frustrating.
The second act was a little better after we moved seats to try for better acoustics.
Overall I know it should have been a delight to watch and a triumph of a production so I’m genuinely disappointed to give this critique.