Play / Replay by The Rat Pack
13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 550 seats
For all audiences
Highlights: Play / Replay by The Rat Pack
Are you familiar with The Rat Pack? If so, then you've already seen their previous show, Speakeasy. If the answer is no, you should rush to La Scala right away to see their new creation, Play / Replay. A contemporary circus for young and old!
Story: Play / Replay by The Rat Pack
The gap between James Bond and Monty Python may seem wide, but in Play / Replay at La Scala, such boundaries are blurred, thanks to its creator and director, Jos Houben. Sit back, relax, and let yourself be taken by the hand. The six acrobats perform side by side, Cyr wheel routines, and acro-dance, reinforced by the show’s cinematic soundtrack. Here, circus meets cinema with plenty of humor along the way. Action!
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 halls 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. However, its neighbours protested, and Paris’ city council refused to give the church permission for its plans. La Scala was closed, lying derelict for 16 years.
However, this changed in 2016 when 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 its auditorium and restaurant feature designs 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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes, though please contact us beforehand to ensure you get the best place.
Air conditioning: Yes