NOTE: since the redaction of this article in 2015, other plays have been added to the list…
Going to a play is an integral part of Parisian cultural life. The offer is rich and varied, and everyone can find a show for his taste. What a shame that foreigners cannot enjoy such an activity, not understanding what is being said on stage…
From this observation, Carl, Christophe and Romain decided to create Theatre in Paris. Using English surtitles, the plays are finally accessible for English speakers. By booking with Theatre In Paris, not only are you guaranteed to be seated at the best possible places to have a perfect view of the surtitles, but you also get the added bonus of a customized welcoming that allows you to be better prepared for understanding the play you are about to discover. Your host will tell you the origin of the play, he/she will present you in a few words the essential characters and will not fail to briefly present the theatre where you are and its history.
Scott, an American tourist on holidays in Paris, explained to us after the show: “I really did want to live a Parisian experience during my holiday. At first, I feared I might not understand it all, but in the end, I got used to reading the surtitles after just a few minutes and I just forgot about the play being in French. I was able to “enter” the universe of the play and I really enjoyed it a lot.”
Currently, 3 plays of the classic French repertoire benefit of this treatment with surtitles: Around The World in 80 Days, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Marriage of Figaro. And a 4th one will be announced soon…
Around the World in 80 Days is adapted from the universally known novel by Jules Verne. It invites us to follow the steps of the imperturbable English gentleman Phileas Fogg and of his French valet Passepartout, jumping from ship to train and from elephant to boat in a wild race (but always mathematically calculated!) against the clock. The adaptation is hilarious and very actual, puns fuse and spectators get out in the end crying with laughter. A comedy whose success continues unabated after more than 9 years on the stages.
Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most beautiful plays of French romantic drama of the 20th century, and some of its most famous scenes have been studied in French classrooms for decades. Edmond Rostand’s play recounts the tragic love of Cyrano de Bergerac, historic character, as brilliant mind and valiant soldier as he is ugly, who dares not to confess his love to the woman he loves for fear of being rejected for his ugliness. Written in verses, the play is a lyrical pinnacle that can not leave the spectators indifferent.
Last but not least, The Marriage of Figaro is the masterpiece of Beaumarchais which Mozart used later to create his famous opera of the same name. In the context of the Enlightenment, the play deals comically with relationships between masters and servants. The smartest is not necessarily the one you think … Censored when it was published, the piece has always been a hit and it is still considered a perfect example of the “French spirit”, both critical and facetious.
Drama, comedy, modern, traditional … now that the doors of the theaters are open to you, it only remains for you to choose the play you want to see!
For whom: everyone
How much: from 49 € per person
Duration: approximately 2 hours