A Brilliant Idea (Une idée géniale)

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Théâtre Michel

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100% in French


Théâtre Michel
38 rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris
Capacity 350 seats


1 hr 30 min

No intermission



For all the family

French with no surtitles

Highlights: A Brilliant Idea (Une idée géniale)

What is this new brilliant idea... turned awkward? After the success of I Want You (J'ai envie de toi), the new comedy written, directed, and performed by Sébastien Castro and José Paul, A Brilliant Idea (Une idée géniale), is sure to be just as "brilliant" as his other theatrical comedy! Dive into this unlucky love story, staged by José Paul and Agnès Boury, to discover the inevitable plot twists love never forgets to provide.

Story: A Brilliant Idea (Une idée géniale)

What to do when the love of your life falls for someone else? The obvious answer is to try to eliminate them right? Do doppelgangers, mischievous plans, and love make a great mix? It could be "a brilliant idea" unless... the copy is met with the original. In the French theatre piece, A Brilliant Idea (Une idée géniale), we can expect laughter and maybe even a tear or two.



"The audience is jubilant and literally writhes with laughter." LE PARISIEN

"The lines could well become a cult! The audience leaps with joy... A firework!" THEATRAL MAGAZINE

"It's great, you absolutely have to go!" EUROPE 1

"Irresistible is a comedy imagined and performed by Sébastien Castro, heir to the virtuoso playwrights of Ray Cooney. We laugh heartily and admire the great art of the actors." THE DOCTOR'S DAILY LIFE

"The audience is laughing out loud... and it's true that it's a great idea!" PARIS PREMIERE


Dying of laughter
A very fine play, well acted and very funny. The actors are wonderful. Special mention to Sébastien Castro who had me laughing out loud. I recommend it without hesitation.
What a great time!
Great evening! We had a lot of laughs! This play is brilliant!
Great evening guaranteed!
Great play, excellent actors, definitely worth seeing!

Théâtre Michel

38 rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre Michel

Don't be fooled by the venue's unimposing exterior, the delightful Italian style auditorium of the Théâtre Michel is sure to seduce at first sight! Built in the early 20th century, the theatre fell victim to the flood that struck Paris in 1910 just a few years after opening, leaving the first level completely submerged. But the Théâtre Michel was not to be stopped, and soon overcame its early troubles to become a celebrated name in 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 in the world, counting 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!


Fun fact

The Théâtre Michel was the very first venue to hold a subtitled performance with Theatre in Paris back in 2014!


Fast facts
Capacity: 350
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to the theatre?

The Théâtre Michel is accessible by:
Metro lines: You can take lines 3, 12, 13, and 14 to Saint-Lazare, lines 3 and 9 to Havre - Caumartin, or lines 8, 12, and 14 to Madeleine.
RER: You can take the RER A to Auber.
Our customer service can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of A Brilliant Idea (Une idée géniale) and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Is there a dress code?

For Parisian pieces, the dress code tends to be casual, so feel free to wear caps and flip flops. It is common for Parisians to arrive directly from work, dressed in business-casual clothing.

Can I take photos during the performance?

To avoid disturbing the work of the artists and for the comfort of the spectators, it is forbidden to take photos during the performance. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre Michel before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your evening!

Is tipping customary?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 1-5 Euros which you can give them when they have shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”