Machine de Cirque

La Scala

Until October 7, 2022

No dialogue


La Scala
13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 550 seats


1 hour and 30 minutes

Without interval



Recommended for all ages

Without dialogue


Young Canadian company, Machine Cirque, is returning to Paris with a jaw-dropping and side-splitting circus show. The troupe’s five talented performers will blow you away with their drumming, unicycle and acrobatic acts, not to mention a sketch act featuring towels that has earned over 50 million views on YouTube! This hilarious show is perfect for families and it’s arriving just in time for your autumn holidays.


In a post-apocalyptic universe devoid of women and computers, five boys attempt to reach out to other survivors. Their only means of communication is a large scaffold that we see transformed before our eyes into a living machine! Brimming with humour and creativity, the show hurtles masterfully through a host of wacky scenarios, complete with trapeze work, unicycling, skittles, percussion, cartwheeling, teeterboard and even... a set of bath towels! Every act is accompanied by the frantic rhythms of the drums.

Let yourself be amazed by this unusual, poetic and comedic circus show!

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La Scala

13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris

Wedged between hair salons and trendy vintage stores in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement, La Scala is a newly renovated “café-concert hall” hosting a wide variety of entertainment including theatre, dance, concerts, and circus performances. Once the first major English-style music hall in France, now remade with state of the art modular technology, the venue has undergone multiple makeovers since it first opened its doors in 1873. It made its humble debut as a Parisian “guinguette”, an intimate meeting place for drinking and dancing, but later evolved into a concert hall, theatre venue, and finally an art deco cinema. Perhaps the strangest chapter of La Scala’s history came in 1999, when it was purchased by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, who envisioned the venue as a meeting place for a religious cult. But the neighbours protested and Paris’ city of council refused to give the church permission for its plans. La Scala was closed, lying derelict for 16 long years. 


Then in 2016, the space was purchased by a pair of seasoned theatre producers. They transformed the space into a 550-seat modular theatre with technology to support the full range of performances they imagined for the space. Both auditorium and restaurant feature design from scenographer Richard Peduzzi, the man behind the Milan Scala, an opera house which has hosted nearly every great Italian opera singer since 1778. Inspired by this long heritage, Paris’ own imitation is now a gem of the city’s theatre scene with an impressively diverse programme of shows.


Fast facts

Capacity: 550

Wheelchair? Yes, though please contact us beforehand to ensure you get the best place.

Air conditioning? Yes


Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! Machine de Cirque is a circus show, which tells a story through action, rather than with words. wWith skilled performers and daring choreography, the production team is eager to cater to international as well as Parisian audiences. This show can be understood and enjoyed by people from all over the world, no matter their language or age!

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro stations Strasbourg – Saint-Denis (Lines 4, 8, 9) and Jacques Bonsergent (Line 5). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Is the theatre accessible to people with reduced mobility?

The theatre is accessible to people with reduced mobility. We recommend that you contact us directly when booking to ensure you get the most comfortable location in the theatre.

Does the venue have a specific dress code?

For Parisian shows, the dress tends to be casual, so feel free to dress in comfortable attire though we recommend avoiding caps and flip-flops. It is common for Parisians to arrive directly from work, dressed in smart-casual chic attire.

How long does the show last?

The show Machine de Cirque lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission. 

Can I take photos during the performance?

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 show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful Scala to remember your night out!

Is tipping customary?

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.”