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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 'ideal' for lovers of the film version

Date Posted: 25/03/11

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 'ideal' for lovers of the film version

Fans of the original 1964 film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg will enjoy a new production which revives the Jacques Demy favourite.

Peter Brown, writing for LondonTheatre.co.uk, said that those booking theatre breaks will find that the play is largely faithful to the film, mainly thanks to the "exceptionally moving and haunting" score by Michel Legrand.

Now showing at the Gielgud Theatre, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg tells the story of Genevieve, a 17-year-old who desperately wants to marry her lover Guy.

Genevieve becomes pregnant and Guy is drafted into the military, leaving the couple to drift apart, with the teenage girl then encouraged to accept a marriage proposal from a wealthy jeweller.

"Those who love the 1964 film version will no doubt flock to see the show to relive the experience. But for those who have never seen the film it's still worth a visit just to experience Michel Legrand's fabulous score and sumptuous orchestrations," added Mr Brown.

Another review for London-theatreland.co.uk stated that the production is "dazzling, inventive and seductive", adding that it has changed their perception of musical theatre.
 

Posted by Becky Spence

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