Don’t be fooled by the theatre’s discrete and unimposing external appearance; it has an exceptional reputation, both within Paris and on the international arts scene. This charming theatre, complete with pediments resembling Greek temples, has been managed over recent decades by Marc Camoletti.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Camoletti's brilliant comedy of errors, Boeing Boeing, is the most performed French play throughout the world with over 18,000 performances in more than 20 countries and was made famous on screen by Tony Curtis in the 1960s. Not such a minor theatre after all!
PAST EVENTS AT THE THEATRE MICHEL
From April 2014 to May 2015, international audiences were invited to discover the Théâtre Michel at performances of Cyrano de Bergerac with English surtitles.
AROUND THE THEATRE: CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Here is a selection of eateries we like in the neighbourhood.
THE GREFFULHE BISTRO
Just at the corner of the street bearing the same name, the Greffuhle is a typical and charming Parisian café right in front of Théâtre Michel. Small bistro tables, rattan chairs, Parisian deco... At the end of a long ornate bar is the entrance to the restaurant where theatre-goers and locals mingle after a show.
FAUCHON - LE CAFE
Located on Place de la Madeleine, this gourmet food store is simultaneously a patisserie, a delicatessen store, a caterer and a restaurant. It will delight your palate as it has done for food lovers from Paris and around the world since 1886.
The Café Fauchon also welcomes you in a contemporary ambience.
THE TOUCH IN PARIS
After an exhausting day exploring the department stores looking for the latest fashions, take a break in the Touch In Paris restaurant.
This restaurant, which is located near Place de la Madeleine, is a favourite Parisian haunt with its cuisine mixing bistronomie (bistro gastronomy) and ingredients from all over the world.
AROUND THE THEATRE: GALLERIES & SHOPS
Just around the corner of the rue des Mathurins, walk along the world-famous Galeries Lafayette and Printemps stores and try to resist… But isn't giving in to temptation the very reason that you found yourself in Paris in the first place?
A few steps away you can also walk into Saint Lazare train station. The newly-restored verrière (glass & iron gallery) is breathtaking! And it is one of the best ways to avoid walking through the busy crowds as they weave in and out, running to catch their train.
If you are after good food, the Place de la Madeleine was made for you: Fauchon and Hédiard open their doors to food lovers and can give you an unforgettable taste of French cuisine. And don't miss Maison Maille, a stunning shop filled with spices and Dijon mustard - you’ll be glad you stopped by!