29 October - 21 November 2015
by Colette and Anita Loos
Paris, 1900. Gigi lives the carefree life of a schoolgirl particularly enjoying card games with her much-older friend Gaston, a wealthy playboy. But her background is that of a family of courtesans. When Gaston notices more about Gigi than her eagerness to play cards, her aunt and grandmother set their sights on an arrangement although Gigi has other ideas about her future. Will she prove as adept at romance as at cards?
Colette’s classic story was adapted as a Broadway comedy in 1951 by Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), which then inspired the film and stage musicals. This original version of Gigi debuted in the West End in 1956.
It returns to the professional London stage under the direction of Mark Giesser, whose production of Alan Alda’s Radiance played a box office record setting run at the Tabard earlier this year.