Les parents terribles by Jean Cocteau
78 bis boulevard des Batignolles - 75017 Paris
Capacity 622 seats
Recommended for ages 14 and up
Highlights: Les parents terribles by Jean Cocteau
A controlling, possessive mother, a meek and submissive father, an irresponsible son, and a manipulative daughter… you might be thinking: why would anybody want to watch a show with such terrible people?
However, your opinion might change once you learn that this play was borne from the genius of famous French poet, painter, artist, and prolific playwright Jean Cocteau, who took this difficult subject and turned it into something spectacular: Les parents terribles.
The audience is privy to their worst days, excessive in their behavior, their language, and their unbridled emotions, which converge in explosive altercations and cutting comments. Join this dysfunctional family on the stage of the Hébertot theatre, featuring an exceptionally talented ensemble of actors who excel in portraying the most terrible parents you may have ever encountered. Muriel Mayette-Holtz, Charles Berling, and Maria de Medeiros (among others) excel in their discomfiting portrayal of family life that seems nothing short of unbearable. An ironic play punctuated with hilariously scathing dialogue that will make anyone watching appreciate their own family a little more…!
Story: Les parents terribles by Jean Cocteau
When artistic icon Cocteau takes on a subject where love and manipulation are intertwined, an intense and emotional experience can be expected (along with a healthy dose of irony). In Les parents terribles, megalomaniac mother Yvonne demonstrates an unhealthy obsession with her troublesome son, Michel, who has earned the honorable title of her favorite child. Meanwhile, Georges, the family’s powerless patriarch, cowers in the presence of his formidable wife, and is utterly incapable of establishing a meaningful connection with his son. Dejected to the sidelines, Madeleine, their deceitful daughter, is willing to do whatever it takes to win the attention of her mother – even if it means betraying her own family.
A family imbroglio for the ages, charged with irony and handled with mastery by an admirable cast. Rumbling onto the stage of the Hébertot theatre, don’t miss this class-act of terrible parenting, appropriately dubbed Les parents terribles!
History and Fun Facts about the Hébertot theatre
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Hébertot theatre, where the fine art of dialogue reigns supreme! Within its storied walls, you will find a stage incredibly rich in history and emotions, featuring plays that are sure to transport you to another world… The Hébertot theatre is a major Parisian theatre venue that has seen some of history’s greatest Thespians, such as Jean Anouilh, Eugène Ionesco, and Samuel Beckett, grace its stage in the aftermath of the war. Prolific creatives aside, the Hébertot is no stranger to acting talent either – actors such as Simone Signoret, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jeanne Moreau, Annie Girardot, Jacques Weber, and Isabelle Adjani have also frequented this popular venue!
As you approach this fabled edifice, you may be surprised by its mansard architecture, a typical style of the late 19th century, that makes the theatre look like a giant music box – on the Boulevard des Batignolles, this charming architectural jewel certainly stands out from the crowd. Inside, its art deco interior is expertly designed with the intention of a pleasurable evening in mind.
The theatre offers plays for all tastes from a number of repertoires, from comedy to tragedy, through intense dramas and passionnate love stories. If you’re in search of an evening full of excitement and laughter, look no further! Head to the Hébertot theatre, where history, architectural majesty, and humor blend for a unique atmosphere that you won’t be quick to forget. Bring a friend – such beauty deserves to be shared!
Fast facts Capacity: 622 Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us at email@example.com so that we can inform the theatre. Air conditioning: Yes Heating: Yes
How do I get to Hébertot theatre in the 17th arrondissement of Paris ?
The Hébertot theatre is accessible by: Metro lines: You can take lines 2 and 3 to Villiers or line 2 to Rome. Bus lines: You can take the bus to the Rome-Batignolles stop served by lines 28, 30, and 94, to the Villiers stop served by line 30, or to the Boulevard des Batignolles stop served by line 66. 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.
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It says that this show is not recommended for children under 14. What does that mean?
It says that Les parents terribles is in French with no surtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?
Does the Hébertot theatre have a specific dress code?
There is no specific dress code, but proper attire is appreciated. Flip-flops are not welcome.
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Is tipping customary at the Hébertot theatre in Paris?
At the Hébertot theatre, ushers are paid by tips. It is therefore important to leave them €2 or €5 when they accompany you to your seats. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire”, which literally translates to “to have a drink”.