Les crapauds fous

Théâtre Le Splendid

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100% in French


Théâtre Le Splendid
48 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris
Capacity 300 seats


1h 35min

No intermission


Classic theatre

For all audiences

In French and not surtitled in English

Highlights: Les crapauds fous

A touch of comedy, tons of emotion and one historically-inspired plot… Les crapauds fous has all the ingredients for an unforgettable night at the theatre. The play made its mark on the Parisian theatre scene in 2019 when it earned a whopping three nominations at the annual Molière Awards: for Best Show, Best Playwright and Best Director. It’s back to plunge us into an epic true story based on events that unfolded during the Second World War. A moving tribute to courage and rebellion, you can watch Les crapauds fous on the stage of Paris’s Théâtre du Splendid.

Story: Les crapauds fous

Poland, 1940. Two doctors concoct an ingenious scheme to fool the Nazis and prevent the Holocaust. Their cunning ruse attracts the attention of France’s occupiers, but the Germans’ own scheming is no match for the doctors’ deception. With nine talented actors playing some 20 characters, all on the stage of the Théâtre du Splendid, this historic tale makes for a hilarious theatrical romp. You’ll enjoy every second of this energetic, captivating and ingeniously written play. Les crapauds fous is as funny as it is poignant.


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Théâtre Le Splendid

48 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre Le Splendid

Located in the thriving heart of the Parisian theatre district, the Théâtre Le Splendid has earned a reputation as one of the city’s favorite cafés-concerts venues. Historically, these small and intimate venues have hosted popular comedy, stand-up and one-man-shows, and a host of all-singing, all-dancing acts, cabaret, and improvised theatre. Since they were not technically classed as theatres, cafés-concerts became the hippest place to see shows and to be seen, with more and more springing up all across Paris. Soon, they became the hub of popular entertainment.
When Théâtre Le Splendid opened in 1896 at the height of the Belle Époque period, the splendidly named café-concert boasted a packed programme that blended theatre and music. It became the place where great performers like Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett first took to the stage. In the 1950s, the theatre was turned into a cinema, but it returned to its original form only a few decades later, and has remained a hugely popular performing arts venue ever since.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, a band of French actors called the Troupe du Splendid staged numerous comedies for French theatre and cinema, becoming akin to France’s very own Monty Python. In 1974, while Le Splendid was working part-time as both a cinema and a casino, the actors claimed the theatre as their home and gave it the name it bears today. The venue had well and truly earned its place in the hearts of Parisian theatre-goers.

Fast facts
Capacity: 300
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas.
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: No


How to get to the theater Le Splendid?

The Le Splendid theater is accessible by:
Metro lines: You can take line 4 to Château d'Eau, lines 4, 8, and 9 to Strasbourg Saint-Denis, or line 5 to Jacques Bonsergent.
Bus lines: You can take the bus to the Chateau d'Eau stop served by lines 38 and 39 or to the Porte Saint-Martin stop served by line 20.
Our customer service can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What should I do when I get to Le Splendid?

We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the show. Present your ticket at the front desk and the hall staff will take care of you.

Is Les Crapauds fous for international tourists or for French speaking people?

Les Crapauds fous is exclusively in French and has no surtitles. It is really necessary to understand French to see this show but if you feel like your French is at that level-take a punch at it and discover French theatre through this lovely piece!

Can I leave my belongings in the checkroom?

As the Splendid does not have a checkroom, all suitcases, travel bags and backpacks larger than A3 are not allowed. The theatre cannot accept bicycles or scooters.

How long is the theatre piece Les crapauds fous?

The show Les crapauds fous lasts 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Can I take pictures during the performance?

In order not to disturb the work of the performers and for the comfort of the audience, taking pictures during Les Crapauds fous is prohibited. However, you may take photos before and after the performance as a souvenir of your evening!

Is a program of the show included in my ticket?

Tickets for Les crapauds fous do not include a program.

Is it mandatory to tip the ushers?

It is not mandatory to leave a tip. However, the ushers usually expect a small tip of between 2 and 5 euros, which you can give when they accompany you to your seat.