The Medici Legacy (The Story of Mona Lisa)

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Théâtre Lepic

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French surtitled in English (See the page)


Théâtre Lepic
1 avenue Junot, 75018 Paris
Capacity 150 seats


1 h 15 min

No intermission


Classical Theatre

For all audiences

In French (with English surtitles on Saturdays at 5 p.m.)

Highlights: The Medici Legacy (The Story of Mona Lisa)

The internationally beloved Mona Lisa will be making a grand arrival in Montmartre later this summer… want to make her acquaintance?
Come and enjoy a captivating theatrical experience in the Théâtre Lepic, nestled within the charming heart of the Montmartre neighbourhood, with the must-see show of the moment: The Medici Legacy


Immerse yourself in the mesmerising world of the Italian Renaissance, and allow yourself to be carried away by the secret story of the Mona Lisa, as painted by Leonardo da Vinci. The Medici Legacy promises an unforgettable evening, wherein theatre and art collide to create a unique artistic experience. Join us at the Théâtre Lepic and discover the fascinating stories behind this iconic masterpiece!



See the show with English surtitles on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Yes, you heard it right! This show is surtitled in English on Saturdays at 5 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to dive completely into French culture and hear the secret story of Mona Lisa first hand.

Please note: Seating is first come, first served. Therefore, we suggest audience members to arrive at least 20 minutes in advance and sit between rows 4 through 10 to have the best view of the surtitles! Seats in rows 1 through 3 will not have a view of the surtitles.

Story: The Medici Legacy (The Story of Mona Lisa)

The mesmerising world of the Italian Renaissance awaits you! In the fascinating play The Medici Legacy, performed at the Théâtre Lepic, family secrets mingle with art and history… prepare to be carried away by an extraordinary tale!
The faithful museum guardian of the Mona Lisa is about to retire, and entrusts his son with a unique story, revealing the true history of this iconic masterpiece. Together, they will travel through the centuries, exploring the mysteries surrounding the creation of this legendary work of art.


Thrills, laughter, and an ample dose of time travel are guaranteed!
The pleasure of history, the pleasure of theatre, the pleasure of Montmartre’s vibrant atmosphere... all of the appropriate ingredients for a wonderful evening.


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Théâtre Lepic

1 avenue Junot, 75018 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre Lepic

Nestled in the heart of Paris’ chic Montmartre district, the Théâtre Lepic (previously known as the Ciné 13 Théâtre) first opened its doors in the 1970s. Just 10 years later, the venue saw new ownership after being purchased by French film director Claude Lelouch, who promptly arranged for the theatre to undergo a complete makeover. Come the 1980s, the Théâtre Lepic was fully decked out 20s flair in preparation for the filming of Édith et Marcel. Despite the filming having been long since finished, the 1920s art deco style remains the signature style of the intimate Théatre Lepic. The venue has since remained in the Lelouch family, passing from one generation to the next, truly embracing both the cinematic and theatrical talents of the family.

Like many Parisian playhouses, the venue became multi-purpose, and was used for many years as a neighbourhood cinema as well as a venue in which live theatrical performances were hosted. From revivals of theatrical classics to refreshing contemporary works, the venue now boasts a varied show programme, often featuring upcoming talents in the Parisian theatre scene, such as Alexis Michalik himself. For a bit of interesting trivia, the world record for the longest concert ever performed was also right in this very theatre. Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales lasted 27 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds in 2009 - that’s over 2 days!

Stop by the theatre’s cosy bar for a drink before or after the show – you might even run into some of the performers! A friendly local theatre, cherished by the residents of Montmartre, and always remaining at the very height of cinematic and theatrical innovation for close to 50 years, the Théâtre Lepic is a hidden local treasure, and an absolute must-see in Paris!

Fast facts
Capacity: 150
Handicap Accessible: Unfortunately, no.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: No


How do I get to the Théâtre Lepic in the 18th arrondissement of Paris?

The Théâtre Lepic is accessible by:
Metro lines: The Théâtre Lepic is accessible by Metro line 12, which runs to the Metro station Lamarck - Caulaincourt.
Bus lines: The Théâtre Lepic is accessible by the bus line 40, which runs to the station Moulin de La Galette.
Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to Théâtre Lepic?

We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before your allotted time, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre’s English-speaking staff members will show you how to get started!

Can I take photos during The Medici Legacy?

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 The Medici Legacy. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Théâtre Lepic to remember your night out!

How long does The Medici Legacy last?

The Medici Legacy lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Will I be able to see the show if I'm late?

The Theatre Lepic accepts latecomers up to 15 minutes after the start of the show.

Is the theatre accessible to people with reduced mobility?

As the theatre is in a basement without a lift, it is unfortunately not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Is The Medici Legacy for an international public or for French speakers?

For both! The Medici Legacy is performed in French. If you feel confident enough in the language of Molière, we invite you to choose any day of your liking to tap into the French side of the Mona Lisa debate! If you prefer to see the show in English, you can see The Medici Legacy with English surtitles on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Where will I be seated, and will I see the surtitles properly?

At Théâtre Lepic, the surtites are projected above the stage. Furthermore, seating is “first come, first served”. Therefore, we suggest audience members to arrive at least 20 minutes before The Medici Legacy and to sit in the rows 6 through 10 to have a good view of the surtitles.