Expat Theatre Night: Duel, Battle of the Ballads
26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacity 400 seats
Show lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission
Post-show drinks starting at 8:15pm
Music and comedy with no dialogue
Free Drink included
An authentic Parisian experience shared with English speakers from around the globe
English speakers based in Paris gather for Paris Expat Theatre Night, to enjoy drinks, meet fellow expats, and see a show at one of the city's many playhouses. Since the success of our very first Expat Theatre Night in the beginning of 2018, we’ve decided to make it a monthly event!
This November, we're bringing our Expat theatrebuff friends to see Duel, Battle of the Ballads, playing at the Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse. After the show, we will gather just around the corner at the charming L'Entracte to share a drink (included with the ticket!) and catch up on all things Paris.
About the show: Duel, the melodically comedic duo that will bring you on a journey through music, traveling from classics to jazz to rock, and everywhere in between! As the duo battles to find harmonies in ever opposing melodies, the contrasting pair shows size doesn't matter when it comes to music in this unique original performance. Feast your eyes as pianist and cello steal the stage and instruments come to life 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 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!
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Expat nights hosted by the lovely ladies from Theater in Paris are always wonderful, it's great to see shows subtitled in english or with out any words at all like The virtuoses a glass of bubbly in hand, just love it! And last time I win
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!
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? Yes
What's the plan for the evening?
RDV Wednesday Nov. 7 in from of the Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse (26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris) starting at 6:45pm to gather our seats together for showtime at 7pm sharp!
After the show, join us starting at 8:15pm for a drink (included!), and some exciting prize giveaways as well! Expat Night guests will gather at a cosy local spot, the L'Entacte, to share a post-show drink with fellow Paris-based internationals.
What's included with my ticket?
Theatre in Paris Expat Night tickets include the musical show of the evening, and a post-show drink with a chance to win prizes.
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 meet fellow Expat Night participants to gather your seats all together.
Can I purchase a programme?
Tickets for Duel do not include a programme.
How long does the show last?
The show itself lasts one hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission. Expat Night guests will gather at the nearby L'Entracte Gaîté after the show for drinks.
Is tipping mandatory?
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.”