A musical theatre production of Oscar-winning indie film Amélie is coming to Manchester Opera House next week to bring the whimsical 2001 romantic classic to life on stage.
Set in 1997 Paris following the death of Princess Diana, the plot follows the altruistic endeavours of a shy and somewhat lonely young French woman who sets out to spread joy amongst her unhappy fellow citizens. It’s the ultimate feel-good tale.
The quiet but all-seeing Amélie Poulain quietly intervenes in others lives, setting up sweet acts of subterfuge that are both charming and outlandish.
Her father, who has always wanted to travel, finds one morning that his garden gnome has gone missing. He then, to his bemusement, begins to receive polaroids of the gnome from exotic locations around the world.
Other do-good endeavours see her reunite a childhood time capsule with its owner and play matchmaker to her friends in the Two Windmills café.
Ultimately, though, she finds her own happiness in the arms of photo-collecting love interest Nino Quincampoix. All this, despite doing her utmost to keep love at a distance.
Directed by Michael Fentiman, the production opened in April at the Watermill in Newbury and has already garnered critical and public acclaim.
French-Canadian actress Audrey Brisson stars as the much-loved protagonist alongside West End performer, Strictly Come Dancing contestant and television actor Danny Mac, who takes on the role of her daydreaming love interest Nino.
Compositions by Hem’s Daniel Messé replace Yann Tierson’s original piano and accordion-drenched soundtrack, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé.
The Amélie production is touring the UK until October 2019, arriving here in Manchester at the Opera House next week from 6th-10th August.
How to get tickets
Tickets for Amélie The Musical are on sale now, with prices starting from £14.90. For all ticket information, and how to become a Theatre Card holder, click here.