Kneehigh's Umbrellas of Cherbourg West End Spring 2011


A new adaptation of Michel Legrand’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, by Kneehigh, is expected in the West End in spring of 2011, following a run at Curve, Leicester from 11 – 26 February 2011.

Kneehigh will return to the West End following their 2008 production of Brief Encounter which ran at the Haymarket Cinema and has subsequently toured nationally and internationally.

It is directed by Emma Rice. Lyrics are translated by Sheldon Harnick. Designed by Lez Brotherston, with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, sound by Simon Baker and musical supervision by Nigel Lilley.

It is produced by Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh Productions, Curve Leicester and in association with City Lights Productions.

Twenty year old French auto mechanic Guy Fouchier has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève vow to remain lovers. After discovering she is carrying Guy’s child she and must choose between waiting for his return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.

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