Palais des Glaces

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Palais des Glaces
37 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris
Capacity 480 seats


1 hour 15 minutes

No intermission


Music and acrobatics

Recommended for ages 8 and up

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Highlights: Speakeasy

This is not the circus you remember from childhood! Speakeasy is a truly original performance, featuring circus completely revisited through the prism of 1930s New York City prohibition bar. This show redefines the acrobatic arts with its astounding choreography and a surprising urban twist. Audiences are transported back to a time when gangsters and nightlife ruled the streets. Accompanied by a modern soundtrack, you're in for an amazing prohibition cocktail of music and motion!

Story: Speakeasy

Imagine circus acrobatics, cabaret dancing, and 1930s silent movies all set in the world of clandestine New York speakeasy bars, and there you have it! Speakeasy is unlike any circus or cabaret show you've seen before, all with a touch of 1930s gangster.

A barman, a godfather, some gangsters, and a few prohibition ladies are sure to have you feeling like you're in the middle of a Martin Scorsese film. The astonishing soundtrack to this unique performance was painstakingly selected to perfectly accompany the performers' every movement. It is here that you'll find a very modern French touch, as the entire soundtrack is a work of art in itself from French music collective Chinese Man.

The arts of cinema, theatre, dance and acrobatics are mixed into one amazing prohibition cocktail. Watch out or you might find yourself seated next to the Parisian Al Capone!


Absolutely brilliant!

As original in its perfectly mimed story as in the skill of all its actors/athletes. Magnificent show!


Excellent show, really funny and with talented artists. Strongly recommended.


Really enjoyable show more for the aesthetic than the story. The actors are acrobats above all, visually (lights, set...) its really succesful and the music is great.

Lots of talent

Really beautiful circus show, perfectly synchronised but perhaps lacking a bit of emotion. Still a really lovely evening. 

Brilliant night out

Superb, the artists are exceptional and the music brilliant. Really original, my favourite show of 2018.


A breathtaking show, the choreography, the production, the music, everything was dazzling. The 6 individuals are constantly in motion with incredible precision. How do they do it? I was without words

Wonderful evening

A wonderful evening and a surprising show: a theatrical dance. A beautiful performance from each of the acrobatic performers and some amazing scenery, handwork behind the bar, scenes of tension with the godfather and the high-wire act...a very well cho


An astonishing must-see show! Accrobatics that distinguish themselves from the traditional circus thanks to an original narrative that completely unites the entire performance. The show alternates comedic, almost burlesque sketches with truly impressiv

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Palais des Glaces

37 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris

Palais des Glaces

Situated in the heart of the République district, this lively strip of theatres and concert halls was frequented by Parisian high society throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, even Victor Hugo himself was known to see a show! As the city expanded towards the end of the 19th century, the working class began to take over the neighborhood and with it came a new wave of construction of various circus and concert halls, including the Palais des Glaces.


This historic venue has been used for all kinds of performances, from circus to concerts, cinema to theatrical performances. Completely reconstructed in 1924, the venue was named for its facade once comprised entirely of mirrors. Now, however, you'll see that has entirely been changed, and replaced by an iconic elephant to celebrate one of their 1980s performances. The elephant was such a hit, they decided to keep it! An incredible amount of celebrated performers have performed on the stage of the Palais des Glaces, from Nina Simone to The Clash! Just steps away from the ever-lovely Canal Saint Martin, you never know what you'll find at this venue known for 2 things, its variety and its iconic elephant facade!

Fast facts
Capacity: 480
Handicap Accessible: Partially, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: No


It says this show has no subtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?

Speakeasy is a musical show, which communicates through movement and gestures rather than with words. It’s different from what we usually offer (French plays with English subtitles) but is still true to Theatre in Paris’ promise: French entertainment accessible to non-French speakers. People from all over the world, no matter their language, can enjoy Speakeasy.

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro stations République (Lines 3, 5, 8, 9 11) and Goncourt (Line 11). 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 15 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.

Can I purchase a programme?

Tickets for Speakeasy do not include a programme. A programme in French is available for purchase at the theatre.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts one hour and fifteen minutes (75 minutes) with no intermission. 

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! With delightful performers and surprising choreography, the production team is eager to cater to both Parisians as well as international, since the show can be understood and enjoyed by anyone.

Is this venue handicap accessible?

Yes, the Théâtre Palais des Glaces is wheelchair accessible. We recommend contacting us directly during the reservation to ensure confortable seating location within the theatre.

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.”