Duel, Battle of the Ballads

Duel musical show in Paris
Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

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Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse
26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacity 400 seats


1 hour and 15 minutes


Where music meets comedy

Recommended for the whole family

No dialogue

Highlights: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

Duel, the mellodically comedic duo that will bring you on a journey through music, traveling from classical music to jazz to rock tunes, and everywhere in between! As the duo battles to find harmonies in ever opposing melodies, this unique original performance will transport you through the ages.

Story: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

A battle of melodies, or a battle of the sexes? Feast your eyes as pianist and cello steal the stage as a musical duo ready to duel! As this poetic pairing switches from one instrument to another, the music will come to life, as notes flutter past your ears.


This contrasting duo shows size doesn't matter when it comes to music, and will bring their instruments to life on a journey through the ages of music. Will they be able to overcome their differences at the end of this musical duel? 


This unique show features no dialogue at all, a great way to discover popular Parisian entertainment without a beat. Emotions are ensured to connect through a wide range of mimed expressions, music and miming. The duo behind Duel truly have created a patchwork of entertainment guaranteed to enchant from ages 7 to 77 and beyond. A can't miss show that has pleased Parisian audiences for years and has triumphed on stages in over 39 different countries! 



I went back a second time! Such a joy to see the skill and humour of the musicians! Everyone was delighted, parent and children!!

A great night out!

I went with a friend and we had a great night out, sometimes the music made us laugh and sometimes it gave us goosebumps. The start of the show can seem a bit confusing but just wait a bit and the show really starts. The musicians were incredibly talen

A gem

We loved it, and really did not expect such a great level of talent, creativity and finesse. You absolutely have to see it, and then see it again!


A great show by really talented musicians



A wonderful show, we had just barely been seated before entering into a funny, moving, and talented universe. We simply didn't see the time go by, Bravo to the artists, director, and all others who participated in this show!



Excellent musical show! My daughters aged 10 and 13 loved it too! 


Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris

Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

The concept of ‘Café-concerts’ were extremely popular in Paris in the second half of the 19th century. People used to go along to watch a show – typically mime, dance or cabaret – whilst eating, drinking and, inevitably, being rowdy. This was how the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse started when it opened its doors in 1868.


Later on, however, the 1930s represent a bleak period in the venue’s history, due to the decline in popularity of café-concert culture. The theatre’s repertoire became more and more vulgar, with the direction desperately offering increasingly sultry shows to try to attract spectators, before eventually giving up. The Second World War, however, saw various troops of singers taking to the stage, who brought the theatre a newfound popularity. In 1945, an avant-garde theatre company rented the venue, bringing with them various sketches, musical shows, parodies and poetry recitals. Among performers was a young Juliette Gréco, who made her debut on the stage of the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse, in a show named 'Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir'.


Facing a more serious threat of demolition in 1988, various influential names in the performance industry rallied round to save the theatre, and it’s been in continuous operation ever since. Listed as a historical monument since 1984, the Théâtre de la Gaïté Montparnasse is a true success story, showing the value in never giving up!


Fast facts

Capacity: 400

Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning? Yes


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

Duel is a musical, hilarious miming show, which 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 this musical duo.

How do I get to the theatre?

The Théâtre Gaîté Montparnasse is accessible by lines 4, 6, 12 and 13, and the closest métro stations are Edgar Quinet and Gaîté. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map.

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.

Can I purchase a programme?

Tickets for Duel do not include a programme.

It says this show is ‘perfect for the whole family’. Does that mean it’s for kids?

Nothing is more ageless than music. Duel is suitable for audiences of all ages, but is by no means just for children. People from 3 years old to 93 years old will thoroughly enjoy the musical prowess of the actors.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts one hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission.

Is it a show for travelers or French people?

Both! While featuring French performers, the production team is eager to cater to international spectators as well, since the show can be understood and enjoyed by anyone. After successful performances across France, the hit show has been traveling and has been enjoyed by audiences in over 39 countries!

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.”

Does this venue have air conditioning?

Yes! The Théâtre Gaîté Montparnasse has air conditioning throughout to ensure a comfortable evening at the theatre rain or shine, hot or cold!