Technically, this bit of news is a couple of days old but this is the first opportunity I have had to sit down and write it up for the benefit of my lovely readers.

It has been announced that  that the classic Colette and Anita Loos comedy Gigi is coming back to London for a limited run at the Tabard Theatre from the 28th October to the 21st November. Amazingly, it has been almost sixty years since the play was last seen in London.

The lead role of Gigi is most commonly associated with Audrey Hepburn when she originated the role, giving her her first big break before landing the role of Princess Anne in Roman Holiday.

Set in Paris in 1900, the story evolves around Gigi – a bright and carefree girl who enjoys card games with her older friend Gaston, a wealthy playboy. But Gigi is the next in a generation of courtesans and her family are determined that she will succeed where her mother failed.

But when Gaston notices more about Gigi than her eagerness to play cards, Gigi’s family set about making an arrangement…

The story was first adapted for Broadway in 1951 by Anite Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), before being made into film and stage musicals.

This new production will be directed by Mark Giesser, whose credits includes How to Build a Better Tulip and Good Morning Alamo.

For more information on the production visit: http://www.tabardweb.co.uk/gigi.htm .

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