La Pastorale at Versailles Royal Opera House

Royal Opera of Versailles

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Royal Opera of Versailles
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats


1h 10min

No intermission



For all audiences

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Highlights: La Pastorale at Versailles Royal Opera House

Where else but the Royal Opera of Versailles would you wish to see a dance performance? Surely anywhere else is out of the question! Under the gilded ceiling of this magnificent hall, the dancers' movements transcend to a dreamlike dimension.

You will undoubtedly be dazzled by the ballet, La Pastorale, choreographed by Thierry Malandain for 22 dancers, with music by Beethoven. A timely evocation, as the epigraph to Symphony No. 6 states, of "rustic life, more an expressed emotion than an illustrative painting." 


To make your experience unforgettable, with Theatre in Paris you can choose to include an exclusive offer, such as a glass of champagne and a programme. See below for more information.

Story: La Pastorale at Versailles Royal Opera House

Choreographer Thierry Malandain has created sequences that give new meaning to romanticism. The ballet, La Pastorale, based on Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, is a true ode to nature. Come and discover this pleasure for the eyes and ears!


Premium Option & Experience

Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this exclusive offer at the time of booking:


Champagne + Programme + Show

This offer includes a glass of champagne and a printed programme, as well as exclusive access to the best two seating categories.



Ballet Programme

Thursday, December 8th at 8 pm, Friday, December 9th at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 11th at 4 pm

La Pastorale, choreography by Thierry Malandain to music by Ludwig von Beethoven (Symphony No. 6, known as the “Pastorale”), ballet for 22 dancers


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Royal Opera of Versailles

4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles

The Royal Opera of Versailles

Categorized as one of the largest performance halls in Europe during its inauguration in 1770 requested by Louis XV, it is presently still admired as one of the grand luxurious stages in Paris due to its lavishing décor composed of early-century design. The ceiling above the room comprises an exquisite form of art, something similar to what you would see in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.


Opéra Royal was no ordinary room, it was prestigious among wealthy individuals who fancied theater. Hosting 1,500 people, only a specific number of guests were invited to view the best shows in Paris at the esteemed Versailles palace. Later the room was also used as a ballroom and a banquet hall.


After the revolution the Opéra Royal room was left whole but stripped of its 18th-century embellishment. Altering its original appearance, the room is renovated for official shows such as the opening of the Versailles museum in 1837. Renovated and inaugurated once again in 1957 after the Second World War by orders of architect André Japy, the room undertook a whole new look. In 2009 Opéra Royal opened its doors to spectators from all over the world and began to display an array of enlightened shows such as contemporary dance, ballet recitals, opera, and classical music concerts. Presently it offers more than 100 performances per season in its golden room occupied with ostentatious chandeliers, surrounded by red velvet seating.


Fast facts
Capacity: 750
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to the Royal Opera House of Versailles?

You may access the Royal Opera of Versailles by RER C at Versailles Château Rive Gauche station, by using lines N and U of the Transilien at Versailles Chantiers station and also by line L at Versailles Rive Droite station. The Opera is also accessible by bus line 171. The Royal Opera House is located on the grounds of the Castle. Access is via Door B (on the right in the Cour d'honneur, near the Royal Chapel). For more information, please see the map above. In case of any difficulty, you may contact our customer service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

What do I do when I get to the Royal Opera House of Versailles?

We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of La Pastorale. Show your ticket at reception and the staff will take care of you.

Can I take photos during La Pastorale?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during La Pastorale. However, you can take photos of the Royal Opera House of Versailles before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous Parisian evening!

How long does La Pastorale last?

The ballet, La Pastorale, lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, with no intermission.

Is the ballet, La Pastorale, accessible to international tourists or only French?

Both ! La Pastorale is a ballet. It is the language of the body that is expressed in this show. It is therefore accessible to all.

Is there a specific dress code at the Royal Opera House of Versailles?

There is no specific dress code at the Royal Opera House of Versailles, however, proper clothing is required. For the gala evenings, we suggest that men wear a suit and ladies wear a dress.

Is tipping customary?

Each spectator is greeted in the hall by an usher who will lead them to the seat. According to custom at the Royal Opera House of Versailles, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.