Vivendi and Gilbert Coullier Productions to bring together Eddie Izzard and Gad Elmaleh at Abbey Road Studios and L’Olympia for an exceptional show symbolizing Franco-British friendship
Paris, February 8, 2016
Vivendi and Gilbert Coullier Productions to bring together Eddie Izzard
and Gad Elmaleh at Abbey Road Studios and L’Olympia
for an exceptional show symbolizing Franco-British friendship
Vivendi, the international media and content group, and Gilbert Coullier Productions will bring together Eddie Izzard, surreal British comedian and an honorary member of the Monty Python’s, and Gad Elmaleh, the acclaimed stand-up comedian, actor and director living in France, in an exceptional show in which each artist will perform in the language of the other.
Eddie Izzard and Gad Elmaleh have decided to perform this show, appropriately titled “Frenglish Night”, at iconic locations on both sides of the Channel. The legendary Abbey Road Studios in London will host them for a preview of their show on April 11, 2016, and then, the following day, the two artists will perform in front of a full house at L’Olympia in Paris.
In London, the artists will begin and conclude the show by taking the stage together, speaking in English; in Paris, they will do the same thing in French. Each will also perform highlights from their respective one-man shows.
Gad Elmaleh, a long-standing admirer of Eddie Izzard who encouraged him to perform in English, sees this bilingual meeting as a powerful symbol of Franco-British friendship. A crew from Canal+, Vivendi’s French television channel, will follow Mr. Elmaleh and capture his experience: starting with his trip to London on the Eurostar, then on stage at Abbey Road Studios and finally his performance at the L’Olympia where he will perform for the first time his English show in front of a French audience.
Vivendi, a leader in music, television and cinema, widely present in the UK and in France, has proudly lent the Abbey Road Studios for this unique project.
Vivendi is an integrated media and content group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content. The main subsidiaries of Vivendi comprise Canal+ Group and Universal Music Group. Canal+ is the leading pay-TV operator in France, and also serves markets in Africa, Poland and Vietnam. Canal+ operations include Studiocanal, a leading European player in production, sales and distribution of film and TV series. Universal Music Group is the world leader in recorded music, music publishing and merchandising, with more than 50 labels covering all genres. A separate division, Vivendi Village, brings together Vivendi Ticketing (ticketing in the UK, the U.S and France), MyBestPro (experts counseling), Watchever (subscription video-on-demand), Radionomy (digital radio) and the Paris-based concert venue L’Olympia. With 3.5 billion videos viewed each month, Dailymotion is one of the biggest video content aggregation and distribution platforms in the world. www.vivendi.com, www.cultureswithvivendi.com