It has been announced that the French- Canadian actress Audrey  Brisson will be playing the role of Amélie Poulian in the UK premiere of the musical based on  the Oscar nominated film. 

(c)Michael Wharley.

The production, which will open at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury on the 11th April, before embarking on a UK tour, will be directed by  Michael Fentiman.

Audrey Brisson is set to play the title role that was originally played by  Audrey Tautou in the 2001 film Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain. Her previous stage credits include: The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), Midnight’s Pumpkin and The Wild Bride(Kneehigh), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Songs (Kneehigh), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), The Strada (UK Tour & The Other Palace).

Talking about the news she said: “Bonjour, je m’appelle Audrey Brisson et c’est avec un immense plaisir que je m’apprête à jouer le rôle d’Amelie Poulain. That is to say, I am really looking forward to sharing this journey filled with imagination and quirkiness that Amélie will concoct for us. Until then, à bientôt. (Have a raspberry on me!)”

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. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in…

Amélie the musical features music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas. It was first staged  in California in 2015.

For more information about Amélie the musical and  its UK tour visit:
http://ameliethemusical.com/.