A new production of Colette and Anita Loos’ Gigi is set to open at the Tabard Theatre in West London later this year.
Directed by Mark Giesser, the show will open on 30th October (previews from 28th October) and run until 21st November 2015. Gigi was last seen in London almost 60 years ago.
Colette’s classic story was adapted as a Broadway comedy in 1951 by Anita Loos, which then inspired the film and stage musicals. This original version of Gigi debuted in the West End in 1956.
Paris, 1900. Bright, vivacious Gigi lives the carefree life of a schoolgirl in a family of modest means. She particularly enjoys card games with her much-older friend Gaston, a wealthy playboy. But her life is a bit different from that of an ordinary sixteen-year-old. Gigi is the next generation of a family of courtesans.
Her grandmother and Aunt Alicia, the family matriarch, are determined that Gigi succeed where her mother failed. When Gaston notices more about Gigi than her eagerness to play cards, aunt and grandmother set their sights on an arrangement. Gigi has other ideas about her future. Will she prove as adept at romance as at cards?