The Art of Breaking Up (Un fil à la patte)

The Art of Breaking Up
Théâtre Montparnasse

Until August 25, 2018

French surtitled in English (See the page)


Théâtre Montparnasse
31 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacity 715 seats


2 hours

No intermission



Recommended for ages 8 and up

French with English subtitles

Highlights: The Art of Breaking Up (Un fil à la patte)

What do you get when you try to break up with your cabaret singing mistress the day of your marriage to a wealthy French heiress? Fernand de Bois D'Enghien is about to find out just that in this intricate web set in the glamorous 1950s, the height of the Parisian cabarets. Take a trip to the past, visit Paris and its famous music hall nightlife, and laugh the night away as this unexpected plot unfolds!

Story: The Art of Breaking Up (Un fil à la patte)

In this ever-popular farce by French playwright Georges Feydeau, Fernand realizes despite his love for his glamorous mistress, that he must “find” other (wealthy) people in order to keep up his frivolous, costly lifestyle, and quick!


Fernand has decided to get his life in order, meaning he must leave his beautiful lover, no earlier than the day he's scheduled to marry a wealthy French heiress. What he's lacking is the artistic talent needed to orchestrate such a complicated breakup, and little does he know this story may even be more complicated than it appears!


Is marriage simply a contract, do women prefer the quintessential 'bad boy'? Fernand is in for quite an absurd journey, as he tries to maneuver in his own web of white lies and finds himself caught up in it instead! Spanish generals challenging a duel, a hopelessly romantic clerk locked outside in his underwear, what else will the day entail? The Art of Breaking Up will leave audiences in stitches as the complexities of this music hall histoire d'amour reveal themselves.


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Théâtre Montparnasse

31 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris

Théâtre Montparnasse

The Théâtre Montparnasse was designed and constructed at the end of the nineteenth century by the architect responsible for none other than a portion of New York's Statue of Liberty, it's no wonder the venue is now classified as a historical monument!


The theatre passed through a handful of managers throughout the 1900s before falling into the apt hands of Comédie Française member Myriam Feune de Colombi, who would add a restaurant and second smaller theatre to the venue and oversees the establishment to this day. The Théâtre Montparnasse is situated in the bustling Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris, on a small street lined with restaurants and theatres. With its varied show programme and onsite restaurant complete with panoramic vue of the quintissential Parisian street, its truly a Parisian venue not to be missed. The venue welcomes close to 150K spectators in 2017, and it's original plays have won many Molière Awards, the French theatre equivalent to the Oscars!


Fast facts

Capacity: 715

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

Air conditioning? Yes