Circus Incognitus

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Théâtre de l'Atelier

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Théâtre de l'Atelier
1 place Charles Dullin 75018 Paris
Capacity 563 seats


1 hour

No intermission



Perfect for all ages

No dialogue

Highlights: Circus Incognitus

Circus Incognitus is the story of a man with something to say, yet who is utterly terrified of public speaking. Every time the clowny artist opens his mouth, he begins to invent his own language as improbable small objects come out instead of words, one, two, three, four...


A hilariously unique performance entirely its own, audiences of all ages will be laughing at the charming clown played by Jamie Adkins.

Story: Circus Incognitus

From small daily triumphs to bewildering failures, each of us can find a bit of hope as a silly clown overcomes trials and tribulations. Jamie Adkins is truly a star, able to create raucous laughter with the most simple of gestures. After a chance encounter with a fascinating street performer at the age of 13, Jamie saw his calling and quickly learned the ropes, becoming a clown, acrobat, juggler extraordinaire.


Witness his heroic battle with everyday objects in a not-so vain attempt to communicate. With more than one thousand performances in 22 countries, everywhere Jamie Adkins goes, adults and children alike laugh out loud at the humour and marvel at this exceptional multi-talented artist.


Surprising and original

The man can do everything, he makes both adults and children laugh, he's an acrobat, a clown, a juggler, and tightrope extraordinaire, a breath of fresh air!

A little beauty!

Jamie Adkins' one-man marvel of a show blends clowning and vaudeville in ways that are subtle, clever and moving.

The Guardian
A gem

A gem of a show for the whole family.

New York Times

Théâtre de l'Atelier

1 place Charles Dullin 75018 Paris

Théâtre de l'Atelier

At the time of its creation in 1822, the Theatre de l’Atelier was located in an agricultural suburb of Paris, for the city had not yet expanded its gate to engulf the winding Montmartre neighborhood. Upon the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in the 18th century, the two French leaders were buried in a nearby cemetery. As payment for handing over his farmland for the usage of the royal burial, Louis XVIII granted the owner and his son authorization not only to practice theatre in the modest venues just outside the city gates, but to have autonomous control over the cultural realm exploding in the area. With his newfound authority, the farmer-turned-thespian and his son, an aspiring actor, founded many theatres in the area, including the Theatre des Mathurins and of course, the Theatre de l’Atelier.


During the 1848 revolution, the Montmartre Commune survived many management changes. Thanks to this, the theatre became a neighborhood favorite, bringing popular shows to the masses such as dramas and vaudevilles. Soon after in the early 1900s, Montmartre got a makeover and its grand reopening featured a performance by Sarah Bernardt. In spite of its success, the venue did not escape the cinematic takeover, and like many Parisian playhouses was quickly converted into a movie theatre in the early 20th century. Saved from its cinematic fate by new director Charles Dullin, the venue’s name was changed in the 1920s to reflect the name of the director’s theatre troupe, becoming the Théâtre de l’Atelier. Complete with a small upstairs bar for a pre- or post-show drink and snack, the Théâtre de l’Atelier has become a favorite element of the bohemian culture in the Montmartre neighborhood, frequented by locals and visitors alike.


Fast facts
Capacity: 563
Handicap accessible: Yes, please let us know when you book by sending us an e-mail to so that we can inform the theatre so that it can welcome you in the best possible conditions.
Heating: yes
Air conditioning: Unfortunately, no
Coat Check: Yes


It says this show has no subtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?

The charming clown of Circus Incognitus  communicates through movement and gestures rather than with words. It’s different from what we usually offer (French plays with English subtitles) but is still true to Theatre in Paris’ promise: French entertainment accessible to non-French speakers. People from all over the world, no matter their language, can enjoy!

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro stations Anvers (Line 2) and Abbesses (Line 12). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts one hour with no intermission.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! After touring across Europe, this delightful performer is eager to cater to both Parisians as well as international audiences, since the show can be understood and enjoyed by anyone.

Is tipping customary?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 2€ and 5€, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”