By Rachel Arditi and Justine Heynemann, directed by Justine Heynemann
PUNK.E.S De Rachel Arditi et Justine Heynemann, mise en scène Justine Heynemann La Scala tickets billets
La Scala

Show ended

100% in French


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


1 h 35 min

No intermission


Classic Theatre

For all audiences

In French 

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Highlights: Punk.e.s

The Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop & the Stooges, The Damned, The Clash, The Ramones… what do these icons of sound all have in common? The answer is, of course, the musical movement known as punk, which reached its peak of popularity in England in 1977. However, this beloved subgenre is by no means a thing of the past. This hard-hitting, rough-edged musical wave is leaping straight out of 70s London and into present-day Paris for a series of spectacular performances…


At La Scala in Paris, discover the captivating story of the very first Great British female punk band, The Slits! These pioneers of punk music followed in the footsteps of the Sex Pistols and The Clash to create a sound like no other. Four very different young woman, each from different backgrounds and aged from 14 to 20 years old, find unity in their affinity for music and self-expression. Follow Viv Albertine, Ari Up, Palmolive, and Tessa Pollit as they tear through London in their thrilling theatrical biopic, Punk.e.s!

Story: Punk.e.s

What the girls of The Slits initially lacked in terms of musical prowess was made up for in tenacity and unrelenting conviction. Despite having never played a musical instrument before, these four bold young women threw themselves into an incredible musical adventure, driven solely by sheer passion and determination. Their greatest achievement? Becoming the first band in the world to gain total control over their image, even freeing themselves from the imposition of their record company. Witness their fascinating ascent to stardom on the stage of La Scala in Paris, and gain a once-in-a-lifetime insight into their authentic punk experience! A theatre show that can’t be missed - all of the charm and whimsy of classic punk London, brought to you upon the storied stage of one of Paris’ finest contemporary theatres. Punk.e.s is a show brimming with infectious energy and is, of course, punk to the max! What’s not to love?


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La Scala

13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris

La Scala

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.


Fast facts
Capacity: 550
Handicap Accessible: Yes, though please contact us beforehand to ensure you get the best place.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to La Scala in the 10th arrondissement of Paris?

La Scala is accessible by:
Metro lines:La Scala can be reached by Metro lines 4, 8, and 9, which run to the Metro station Strasbourg Saint-Denis.
RER subway lines: La Scala is accessible by taking the RER E to the station Gare de l’Est.
Bus lines: La Scala is accessible by bus lines 20, 32, 38, 39, N13, and N14, which run to stations Strasbourg Saint-Denis and Porte Saint-Denis.

In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to La Scala?

We invite you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of Punk.e.s, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Can I take photos during Punk.e.s by Rachel Arditi and Justine Heynemann?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during the performance of Punk.e.s. However, you can take photos of La Scala before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous evening at the theatre!

How long does Punk.e.s last?

The show Punk.e.s by Rachel Arditi and Justine Heynemann lasts one 1 hour and 35 minutes, with no intermission.

Is Punk.e.s suited to an international audience or French speakers?

This show is more suited to a French-speaking audience because it is performed exclusively in French. If you feel like you have the level of French to follow along, we invite you to discover this fantastic musical theatre piece!

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”.

Is La Scala handicap-accessible?

The theatre, La Scala, is wheelchair-accessible. We recommend contacting us directly whilst making your reservation to ensure comfortable seating is available for you within the theatre.

Does La Scala have a specific dress code?

There is no specific dress code but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.