The look of love: Amelie The Musical is at The Hexagon in Reading this week

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Amelie The Musical
Amelie The Musical will be delighting audiences at The Hexagon this week Picture: Pamela Raith

THE quirky tale of love and coffee is coming to the Reading stage this week.

Amelie The Musical is based on the much-loved, five-time Oscar-nominated film, faithfully retelling the movie but with some added songs.

It tells the story of an imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, in a vibrant, re-conception with new orchestrations.

Amélie is an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her.

But 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…

It stars Strictly Come Dancing favourite and television actor Danny Mac and French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is Amélie.

It opened at The Watermill in Newbury in April this year, and has garnered critical and public acclaim, leading to a sell-out season.

The original film, Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain, was released in 2001, starring Audrey Tautou and Matthieu Kassovitz. Taking over $33 million in a limited theatrical release, it is to date the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a French film.

You can see for yourself how they managed the transformation from screen to stage when the show opens at The Hexagon on Tuesday.

For more details, or to book tickets, log on to www.readingarts.com or call 0118 960 6060.

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