Expat Theatre Night: Hello my name is (Le Prénom)
Until August 11, 2022
10 place Édouard VII, 75009 Paris
Capacity 720 seats
1 hour and 40 minutes
Recommended for ages 12 and up
French with English subtitles
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!
In September for la rentrée, we're bringing our Expat theatrebuff friends to see Hello my name is, playing at the legendary Théâtre Edouard VII. Before the show, we will gather just around the corner at the charming Taverne d'Olympia to share a drink and snacks (included with the ticket!) and catch up on all things Paris.
About the show: They say you should never reveal a baby's name before it's born, and boy should Vincent have followed this advice! When innocently asked if he chosen a name for his unborn son at a family dinner party, his response sends the group plunging into chaos! Hilarity ensues as old grudgeries are once again unearthed, a can't miss comedy with a star-studded cast! The French art of clever arguments sheds light on different perspectives and taboos that a simple name can hold, a comedy sure to leave audiences both chickling and thinking...
Since first appearing on the stage of the Théâtre Edouard VII in 2010, this celebrated play was adapted to the big screen in a 2012 hit film. In 2018, the award-winning play finally returns to its original stage, the home of Parisian comedy. A homecoming you can't miss, prepare for this star-studded cast to leave you laughing in your seats!
Théâtre Édouard VII
The Théâtre Edouard VII is truly a monument to celebrate French and English cooperation and culture. Fascinated by Paris and what it had to offer, the English King Edward VII decided to contribute to Parisian life by opening a performance hall in the early 20th century to highlight both English and French productions. Unlike most playhouses, the venue first opened as a cinema and was shortly after converted into a theatre. The best part about this venue is its amazing location just steps from the Opéra Garnier, hidden in plain sight in a small pedestrian courtyard. You'll even find a statue of King Edouard VII himself right outside the theatre's restaurant terrace.
Throughout the 20th century, many well-known figures in the French theatre world have been in-house directors, and some celebrated French plays once premiered at this location in the heart of the Paris theatre district. Even some famous French actors once performed on this stage and took part in Théâtre Edouard VII's beloved productions, including Gerard Depardieu! Today, under the direction of Pascal Legros, it continues to be an incredibly diverse theatre, that achieves a perfect balance of classical plays and new writing.
Writer, actor and director Sacha Guitry is the true emblematic figure of this theatre. The walls of the lobby and restaurant are lined with images of the famous figures that have been a part of the venue's history, many of whose ghosts are said to haunt the theatre's halls, including Orson Welles!
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? No
What's the plan for the evening?
RDV Thursday Sept. 27 at the Taverne d'Olympia (25 rue de Caumartin, 75009 Paris) starting at 6:45pm
On Thursday September 27, 2018, join us starting at 6:45pm for a drink and snacks (included!) before the show, some exciting prize giveaways as well! Expat Night guests will gather at a cosy local spot, the Taverne d'Olympia, to share a drink with fellow Paris-based internationals before the show. From there, we will all head to the Théâtre Edouard VII and get our seats together, Hello my name is begins promtly at 9pm.
What's included with my ticket?
Theatre in Paris Expat Night tickets include the subtitled show of the evening, an exclusive English programme, and a preshow drink and snacks.
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?
The theatre is an English style auditorium, and Expat Night guests will benefit from central balcony seating, guaranteeing a comfortable view of both the stage and the subtitles.
How do I get to the theatre?
The Théâtre Édouard VII is accessible by lines 3, 7, 8 , 12 or 14, and the nearest metro stations are Opéra and Madeleine. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.
What do I do when I arrive?
We invite you to arrive starting at 6:45pm at the Taverne d'Olympia for a preshow drink and snacks with fellow expats. We will all head to the Théâtre Edouard VII together, just a 2min walk.
Can I purchase a programme?
An exclusive programme in English for Hello my name is is provided free of charge for Theatre in Paris Expat Night guests. It is a perfect souvenir, with insider information on the play, the show, and the venue.
It says this show is recommended for 12 years old and up. What does that mean?
While the comedies performed at the Théâtre Édouard VII are of course for everyone, Hello my name is takes a realistic approach and touches on life topics best appreciated by a more adult audience, kids at heart also welcome!
How long does the show last?
Expat Night guests will gather at the nearby Taverne d'Olympia before the show for drinks. The show itself lasts one hour and forty minutes with no intermission.
Is it a show for travellers or French people?
Both! The Théâtre Édouard VII is one of the most crowded private theatres in the city. A lot of VIPs come here to see prestigious Parisian plays. As a traveller, you get the chance to be one of those VIPs with the help of our English subtitles.
Subtitles or “surtitles?”
Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above.” At the Théâtre Édouard VII, the text is projected above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.
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.”