This musical adaptation of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 movie was not a hit on Broadway, but this re-worked version captured hearts when it premiered at the Watermill in Newbury earlier this year. Let’s hope the charm and elegance of the production survives the upping of scale necessary for the transfer to the Other Palace. The story of a lonely young woman who tries to spread a little happiness in 1990s Paris, it may sound like its appeal is limited to the theatrically sweet-toothed. But many of the reviews praised it for the pleasure it gave without sending audiences into a diabetic coma.
The much loved five–time Oscar®-nominated film is brought to life by a cast of remarkably talented actor-musicians and set to a critically acclaimed re-orchestrated score. Amélie, played by the delightful Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles at National Theatre, The Grinning Man at Bristol Old Vic), secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness discovering the possibilities around every corner and bringing happiness to those she encounters. When a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in.