A new musical fantasy about
the unknown, extraordinary friendship

Dietrich and Piaf!

An intriguing story about glamour, loss, friendship, betrayal, regret, and isolation.

Edith Piaf (1915-1963)
the small black sparrow


Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)
the tall white angel:

the contrast could not be larger!

Pure, unpolished bravado contra style and glamour!

In Bed with Dietrich and Piaf starts in Paris, 1987

The older Dietrich hides herself in her Paris apartment. She hasn’t been outside for over ten years. At night, on Christmas Eve, when Dietrich is alone, Piaf’s spirit comes along in search for some answers. It is then that the story takes off with a set of powerful, fictional and non-fictional, sometimes even absurd scenes from the lives of these two women. As past and present mingle and merge, both Edith (Irene Kuiper) and Marlene (Frédérique Sluyterman van Loo) give their personal interpretation of things that happened, while Marlene’s butler and musical chameleon Max (Ger Otte) is left to play all the men in their lives.

Humor, nostalgia, fact and fiction meet in this remarkable and wonderful play from the brilliant mind of writer and director Daniël Cohen. This critically acclaimed new musical was embraced by the Dutch audiences and press.



The Bravoure of Piaf & the Glamour of Dietrich!
Text: Bianca Barthels
Genre: Musical
Producer: De Nel Theaterproducties

Edith Piaf (1915-1963), the small black sparrow versus Marlene Dietrich (1909-1992), the tall white angel;
the contrast could not be larger! Pure, unpolished bravoure contra style and glamour!

Nevertheless, there was an attraction between these two women. There is actual evidence in the form of photographs that suggest a warm friendship between them and perhaps even more; did they indeed share the bed together?
In “In bed met Dietrich and Piaf” the author phantasizes around this theme. Whether true or not is not the issue, though. David Cohen tells an intrigueing story about friendship, attraction, disgust, rivalry, and jalousy, which results in more than a regular love story. In scenes that are sometimes prickly, then harsh and often humourous, the ladies fight with one another as well as with themselves.

The play takes place in 1986, when the older Dietrich hides herself in her Paris appartment. She hasn’t been outside for years. At night, on Christmas Eve, when Dietrich is alone, Piaf comes along in search for some answers. It is then that the story sets off with a set of beautiful, fictive and nonfictive, sometimes even absurd scenes from both these women’s lives.
As, for instance, the nearly catonic (?) phantasy in which Dietrich and Piaf try to murder Hitler ends in a disaster, because they get into a fight about the question who is allowed to pull the trigger; this should be done by the greatest artist of the two, and who would that be? Central stage in the show is is question of who will survive; which legacy will remain alive. In other words: who will live on the longest?

Prostitute kitsch
Cohen has been successful in making the development of the two ladies’s characters interesting. When they meet, Dietrich feels superior to the raugh Piaf with her pathetic Parish prostitute kitsch, as it, according to Dietrich, all depends on control and discipline; the number one condition to success!
But Dietrich is also seductive with all her knowledge, advise, and the friendship she has to offer. After the fighing, debating, lovemaking, and again attacking each other, Dietrich surrenders in tears admitting that people will keep on crying over the pure music of Piaf and will forget her, her movies and her music. It is then that Piaf consoles her and the tables turn.
Intrigueing is the parallel with artists such as Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin, who, like Piaf, lived their life to the full. But did they waste their talents by using drugs and alcohol?

Frédérique Sluyterman van Loo (Dietrich) and Irene Kuiper (Piaf) are phenomenal, in the scenes as well as in the songs they sing. Also Ger Otte, the actor/musician – the music-arrangements are his – is amazing both in musical brilliance and in the way he performs his many roles.

“In bed with Dietrich and Piaf” touches the heart and makes one think about how to live ones life!


Press | Public quotes

  • Fenomenal: will touch your heart and stimulate your brain
  • An epic clash, filled with surprise and suspense
  • Supported by strong dialogue, Sluyterman and Kuiper paint an intriguing picture of  two female icons
  • A delicate mosaic about two women and their many secrets
  • A startling story with unexpected twists and turns

RTL 5 uur

Irene on In bed with Dietrich en Piaf (Dutch television RTL [ 5 uur ] 23 november 2017)

Performing Edith Piaf; looking through the eyes of Irene Kuiper:

Click here  > Door de ogen van Irene Kuiper !

A note from the actors

With our show we want to give our audience a glimpse of the different loves and lives of these two Iconic women. Through them we hope to invite our audience to a vivid discussion afterwards. A discussion about how they live, fight and make decisions. Are you a Piaf, allowing the emotions to lead the way?? Are you a Dietrich, allowing the rational mind to lead the way?

We experienced the more elderly people were triggered to look back and reflect upon their lives, while the younger generation took a moment to think about how they wish to continue to lead their lives now and into the future.


Irene Kuiper
Irene Kuiper

Coming season: The Addams Family, Grandma Eudora, TEC ENT.

Stage Entertainment:
Billy Elliot (Stage Entertainment & Working Title)
Sister Act, Maria Lazarus
Cabaret, Fräulein Kost
Les Misèrables, Madame Thénardier
Saturday Night Fever, Flo Manero
Boeing Boeing, Bertha

Other producers p.e.:
Comedy : Harrie Babba  (Jon van Eerd)
Drama:Letters Home, Sylvia Plath
Bernarda Alba, (Garcia Lorca) Portia
Piaf, ( Pam Gems) Edith Piaf
Als op het Leidse plein, Heintje Davids

She has worked for many years in many music ensembles with her own musicians and toured through the Netherlands and Belgium.

With her own Production Company, De Nel TheatreProductions, Irene produced three plays in which she also performed one of the leads:

Overgang, (Menopause) ( 2006-2008)
Denk aan mij, (Think of me)2009-2010)
and the latest play In bed with Dietrich and Piaf, in which she performed Edith Piaf ( 2016-2018)


Series: Topstars , Oppassen,the Women ‘s Wing, Danni Lowinski and many more


In 2006 Irene won a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award in the category Best Supporting Female Actress in a small production.


Ger Otte
Ger Otte

Rotterdams Conservatorium


Stage Entertainment:
Ciske de Rat, de musical
Moeder ik wil bij de Revue
Love Story
Little Mermaid (Stage Entertainment & Disney)
Mary Poppins (Stage Entertainment & Disney)
Beauty and the Beast (Stage Entertainment & Disney)
Crazy for You
Joe – de musical
Miss Saigon
My Fair Lady

Other producers p.e.:
Into The Woods


Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden
Onderweg Naar Morgen

De TV Kantine
Zie ze vliegen

Gelukkig Je Bent er


Lion King
High School Musical


“In de 30” for perfomer Pia Douwes
Voce di aqua, musical ensemble

Just a Gigolo

Frédérique Sluyterman van Loo
Frédérique Sluyterman van Loo

Stage Entertainment:
Billy Elliot, alternate Wilkinson
Mother Courage, Yvette
Cabaret, Fräulein Kost
42nd Street, alternate Dorothy + Maggie
Chicago, Liz + alternate Mama Morton
Joe-the Musical, cover Katy
My Fair Lady, Miss Eynsford Hill
Funny Girl, Mimsey

Other producers p.e.:
Adėle Conny, Jasperina-The Big Three, Conny Stuart
Flashdance, alternate Hannah
Merrily we roll along, Gussie
Into the Woods, Bakerswife
A little Night Music, Charlotte Malcolm
Nine, La Fleur
Sinatra, Ava Gardner
Life is a Cabaret, Liza Minnelli
Kiss me Cole, Linda Porter
No way to treat a Lady, all mothers + victims


Series: Pauwen en Reigers, Danni Lowinski, Voetbalvrouwen


In 2002 and 2006 Frédérique won the Dutch Musical Award in the categorie Best Supporting Female Actress for here creations of Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music and Fräulein Kost in Cabaret. In 2018 Adèle, Conny, Jasperina-The Big Three received the award for best small production.

Ich weiss nicht zu Wem Ich gehöre


Daniël Cohen
Daniël Cohen

DANIËL COHEN (Amsterdam 1959) is a Dutch playwright, lyricist, translator and stage director. His most recent production, IN BED MET DIETRICH EN PIAF, which he both wrote and directed, examines the strained friendship between two female icons and the difficulties of balancing fame and integrity. Prestigious Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad named it one of the top five musical theatre productions of 2017. His new play POZ PARADISE, a wry comedy about life after the AIDS crisis, will premiere in July 2018 at the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg.

Daniël Cohen’s previous stage works include book and lyrics for the musicals DARK BLOOD and IMPACT (about the Bijlmermeer airplane crash), and the musical revue MARIA!, a satirical look at musicals in Holland. His musical play, KISS ME COLE, takes a revealing look at the life of composer Cole Porter and the dramatic events leading up to the writing of his masterpiece, Kiss Me Kate. His play ONTBOEZEMINGEN (“Tales from the Heart”), a darkly humorous play about breast cancer, was nominated for the respected Dutch “Avro Theatre Award”.

In addition, Daniël Cohen has directed plays by Caryl Churchill, Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Christopher Marlowe and Bertolt Brecht, and several musicals, introducing the work of Stephen Sondheim to the Netherlands. His production of the rock opera RENT won “Best Musical” at the Dutch Musical Awards 2016.

As a translator, Daniël Cohen has produced Dutch versions of numerous musicals, including NEXT TO NORMAL, SPRING AWAKENING, EVITA, PASSION, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RENT, OLIVER, and ASSASSINS. His translation of SUNSET BOULEVARD was rewarded with a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award, after earlier nominations for EVITA, CABARET, PASSION and TITANIC. He also translated stage works by Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett.

Daniël Cohen studied English Literature and Drama at the Amsterdam University, and singing, acting and directing.


Benno Barends
Mathisse Coornaerts
Sidney van den Eeckhout


Benno Barends


Eric Goossens
Ger Otte
Erik Brey (Rien de Nichts)

Hair & Make-up

Joris van Veldhoven
Joey Verheugd


Project Zuiderburg
René Zuiderveld + Gabriël Batenburg
Bas van Egmond
René van Zeggeren

Public Relations

Maxim Bezembinder

International Tour

Marjon van Grunsven

Many thanks to

Christanne de Bruijn
Erik de Reus
Bernd Duenk
Gijs Kater
Jeroen Jagers
Marcel Alberti
Tessa Harmsen
Rob de Haan
Neeltje Knaap
Maarten Voogel
Marianne van Wijnkoop

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