Dabadie ou les Choses de nos Vies

Théâtre de l'Atelier

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


1h 20m

No intermission



For all audiences 

In French

Highlights: Dabadie ou les Choses de nos Vies

Riddle me this. He is a man who loves words. Born in 1938. In 1957, at the age of 19, he published Les yeux secs. Any idea? Another clue… We owe him: Lettre à France by Michel Polnareff, Femmes, je vous aime by Julien Clerc or Moi mes histoires by Régine. He is also the scriptwriter of The Things of life, César et Rosalie, François, Vincent, Paul... et les autres, three magnificent films by Claude Sautet. If you don’t know who we’re talking about yet, it’s time you discover!


The man we are talking about in this show at the Théâtre de l'Atelier is Jean-Loup Dabadie. Let's meet him in music and song in Dabadie ou les choses de nos vies, a title that makes sense in reference to the famous film by Claude Sautet.

Story: Dabadie ou les Choses de nos Vies

The show Dabadie ou les choses de nos vies highlights the work of Jean-Loup Dabadie, a French screenwriter, lyricist, and playwright whose famous songs have been performed by such famous French singers as Julien Clerc, Yves Montand, Michel Polnareff, Johnny Hallyday, and Régine. The three artists performing at the Théâtre de l'Atelier will be reinterpreting the universe of this genius all-rounder and will help us rediscover though a musical show full of poetry his masterpieces whose words still resonate in our heads. A flamboyant tribute punctuated with songs and film scenes.


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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 contact@theatreinparis.com 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


How do I get to Théâtre de l’Atelier?

The theatre is accessible by the metro stations Anvers (Line 2) and Abbesses (Line 12). It is also accessible by the bus line 80 and 95. 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 de l’Atelier?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of Dabadie ou les choses de nos vies, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theater’s staff members will guide you to your seats.

Does Theatre de l’Atelier have a specific dress code?

There is no particular dress code, but business casual is appreciated.

How long does the show last?

Dabadie ou les choses de nos vies lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Dabadie ou les choses de nos vies is in French and may be difficult to understand if you are not a fluent French speaker.

Is tipping customary at Theatre de l’Atelier?

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

If I'm late, can I still go to the show?

In case of delay, the spectators will have access to the room but the placement in the chosen category is not guaranteed.

Can I take photos during the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Dabadie ou les choses de nos vies. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Théâtre de l’Atelier to remember your night out!