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10th Apr 2018

Hit Show Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf Embarks On Tour

The sell-out show Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf is to embark on a rural tour of nine Northern venues in April including York Theatre Royal before transferring to London's Jermyn Street Theatre in July. Amassing rave reviews from the press and public alike, this is another chance for theatre-lovers to catch the play described as ‘mesmerising' by the Westmorland Gazette at a venue close to them. Due to the sell-out performances in Keswick, the theatre has extended its run to four extra performances from 4 - 6 May before the show travels to London's West End.

The thrilling theatrical tribute, which audience members have called ‘amazing' and ‘superb', focuses on one of France's most successful singers of all time, Edith Piaf. Containing timeless, instantly recognisable melodies that span three decades of a remarkable career, audiences can look forward to the extraordinary vocal talent of Olivier Award-nominated actress, Elizabeth Mansfield and TBTL favourite Patrick Bridgman, as they join forces on tour. The show will visit intimate village halls, community centres, university theatres and the well-known Studio at York Theatre Royal.

Hymn to Love centres on one particular incident in Piaf's life which comes to express all her loss and longing: the death of her lover, Marcel Cerdan, killed in a plane crash on his way to watch her sing. She heard the news of his death whilst rehearsing for the show, but went on stage anyway, dedicating her performance to him.

Charting the incident and its effects through different times in her life, the show interweaves performances of fifteen of her songs, creating an emotionally charged and deeply moving piece of theatre. Elizabeth Mansfield takes on the starring role of Piaf and co-devised the show with husband Steve Trafford, who wrote the play and translated the songs from the French.

Mansfield has performed in many leading roles in UK regional theatres and London's West End, winning an Olivier Award nomination for ‘Best Actress in a musical' and ‘Best Actress' in the UK Theatre Awards for her performance in Marie – The Story of Marie Lloyd.

Patrick Bridgman plays the role of the Pianist. A consummate musician, Patrick trained at Chetham's School of Music and St. Anne's College Oxford before going on pursue an acting career (often with a musical aspect), including frequent visits to Lancaster's The Dukes, Bolton's Octagon Theatre and Manchester Library Theatres, as well as numerous national and international tours.

The show is co-produced by Theatre by the Lake and York Theatre Royal in association with Ensemble and directed by Damian Cruden, York Theatre Royal's Artistic Director. The tour has been made possible by Lloyd Volvo of Carlisle who have sponsored the vehicles which transport the show to each venue.

Tour venues include:

York Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01904 623568
Book online:

Tue 17 April, 7.45pm
Wed 18 April, 7.45pm
Thu 19 April, In Conversation* 7.45pm
Fri 20 April, 7.45pm
Sat 21 April, 2.00pm, 7.45pm
*A free 'In Conversation' event with the company, but no performance.

Rural Tour
Book online:

Mickleton Village Hall
12 April, 7.30pm
01833 640909

Lazonby Village Hall
13 April, 7.30pm
01768 870824

Warwick on Eden Village Hall
14 April, 7.30pm
01228 562771

Kirkstile Community Centre, Workington
23 April, 7.30pm
01900 601231

Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle
24 April, 7.30pm
01228 400356

St. Cuthbert's Church, Norham
26 April, 7.00pm
01289 382754

Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick
27 April, 7.30pm
01665 574384

Shap Memorial Hall
28 April, 7.30pm
01931 716273

Jermyn Street Theatre, London
Box Office: 020 7287 2875
Book online:
25 July - 18 August, various times

For more information or images please contact Lucy Preston on 017687 81107 or by email at

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