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Paris, 1950 - a shy, unassuming civil servant, Dusoleil, lives alone and works diligently in a dreary office.


Paris, 1950 - a shy, unassuming civil servant, Dusoleil, lives alone and works diligently in a dreary office.

To pass the time, he writes letters to his mother and daydreams about the beautiful Isabelle, who is kept locked away by her controlling husband. When Dusoleil miraculously gains the ability to walk through walls, he not only begins to lead a double life, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor to right the wrongs of his war-impoverished Parisian neighbours, but also gains the self-confidence to woo Isabelle and, just for a while, live the life he has always longed for.

AMOUR, a musical fantasy about daring to dream and the power of self belief, has music by multi award-winning Michel Legrand with English lyrics by Jeremy Sams (from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert). Adapted from the 1943 short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé, AMOUR opened on Broadway in 2002 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Critic reviews

I’d recommend this as an evening of many sweet pleasures but head elsewhere if your craving emotional or intellectual engagement

London Box Office

The musical adaptation of Marcel Aymé’s book “The Man Who Walks Through Walls” was sadly as solid and warming as its subject matter

Everything Theatre

Although I can see how it would fall flat on Broadway, its Gallic charms work wonders in this intimate space

Time Out

It’s a pity because – for all the witty rhyming couplets, heart-tugging chord changes and inventive staging – the show struggles to engage emotionally

The Guardian

Irresistibly charming chamber musical by the late Michel Legrand

The Stage

An absolute baked camembert of a show: gooey, obvious, and totally basic – but ultimately good for the soul


Its fabulous tale, its luscious music, its clever lyrics all delivered with such understated verve, is exactly what's needed. Literally delightful

Broadway World

The show may be about a man walking through walls, but I was walking through air as I left the theatre

London Theatre

This truly is a show lovingly created for our times. In dark moments, we all need to escape the walls of the real world. Amour offers us this and so much more. Take a chance and dare to cross over and join them

Musical Theatre Review

An enchanting love letter to anyone who has ever dared to dream

Theatre Weekly

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 2 May - Sat 8 Jun, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm


The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL London, UK · Get Directions
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