Mind the Middleman (Compromis)

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Théâtre des Nouveautés

Until September 26, 2021

French with English subtitles


Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Capacity 585 seats


1 hour 30 minutes


Recommended for all ages
French with English subtitles


An amazing performance, this comedy act displayed in Théâtre des Nouveautés is a must see! One empty apartment, two friends, and a surprising plot twist. Starring famed actors Stephan Pierre Arditi and Michel Leeb make a deal to work together and sell the apartment belonging to the character played by Pierre Arditi, but the plan does not work out as expected. At the end the victim turns out to be the middleman in a feisty argument between the two friends.


Pierre is planning to sell his beatdown apartment to an individual who in the story is looked at as the victim, a candidate gullible enough to buy his apartment. In order to achieve this, he asks his best friend Michel to help him, Michel has the look of someone who is trustworthy so if Pierre can’t convince the buyer he expects Michel to come in and help him persuade the individual. Of course, things don’t turn out as planned. Before the potential buyer arrived at the apartment the two friends started a conversation involving compliments and flattery towards each other, but as time passed arguments arise and the conversation starts to get heated and the two friends start blowing steam, blaming each other for past arguments. When the buyer arrives to the apartment, he turns out to be the referee during the bickering. Who do you believe turns out to be the true victim in the story?

Théâtre des Nouveautés

24 boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris

The Théâtre des Nouveautés has built up a lasting reputation since its foundation in 1827. From its start, the venue has been known for its light comedies and vaudevilles, and has kept this tradition ongoing for nearly two centuries, despite having to change its location a few times. In fact, the history of the Théâtre des Nouveautés is truly a history of a theatre that just wouldn't give up, facing various closures and location changes due to heavy competition, destructive fires, and the changing cityscape. Despite all these changes, the theatre was able to make a name for itself as one of the leading Parisian venues, and many famous playrights including Georges Feydeau started their careers with debuts on its stage.


Located two steps away from the Musée Grevin and in the heart of the bustling Paris theatre district, the theatre was recently renovated and now welcomes its guests with its plush velvet seats and Belle Epoque decoration. The show programme of the Théâtre des Nouveautés focuses on modern comedies, and is a favorite amongst Parisian theatre-goers.


Fast facts

Capacity: 585

Handicap Accessible? Partially, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning? Yes


How do I get to theatre Des Nouveautes?

Theater Des Nouveautés is accessible by metro lines 8 and 9, and the closest metro station is Grands Boulevards. If you plan to take the bus take lines 74, 20, 48, or 39 on Fishiere- Good New station. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty on the stage on weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.

Does the venue have a specific dress code?

For Parisian plays, the dress tends to be casual, so do not hesitate to wear caps and flip-flops. It is common for Parisians to arrive directly from work, dressed in smart-casual chic.

Is there a coat check available?

Unfortunately, as part of France’s plan vigipirate alert system, Theatre Des Nouveautes does not accept suitcases, travel bags, or big backpacks, but feel to use the theatres locker rooms to put away any other valuables in your possession.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theater's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats at a timely

Is tipping customary?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theaters. However, you 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 "tip," which literally translates to "to have a drink."

Subtitles or “surtitles?”

Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above.” At the Théâtre Édouard VII, the text is projected above the stage. We also offer individual subtitling solutions through the use of a pair of smart glasses system. Read more about surtitles here.

Is the show accessible to English speakers?

Though the programme is in French, you will have complete access to visible subtitles above the stage throughout the entire show. You might even learn a couple of French words during the show!

How long does the show last?

The show lasts one hour and thirty minutes.