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Celebrating Brel

PUBLISHED: 16:40 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 17:21 16 August 2010

THE LIFE and work of an idiosyncratic singer songwriter is coming back to the stage as a one-man show. Jacques Brel – The Rage

THE LIFE and work of an idiosyncratic singer songwriter is coming back to the stage as a one-man show.

Jacques Brel - The Rage To Live, starring Anthony Cable as the Belgian singer, is at the Greenwich Theatre on Sunday, September 7.

The play chronicles the influential artist's life from 1929 to 1978 and will feature 15 of Brel's songs, in French and English, including Ne Me Quitte Pas, Amsterdam and Jackie, out of a back catalogue of more than 400.

The songs will be accompanied by a piano and accordion.

The piece, which marks 30 years since the songwriter died from lung cancer, at the age of 49, aims to celebrate one of France's most famous sons.

In between the songs, which often tell dark and mocking tales, will be the tales from Brel's life.

These including his affair with musical theatre, his break into the film world, his life with his wife and daughters, his growing desire for solitude, and his love of a remote Polynesian island where he later found it.


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