Duel, Battle of the Ballads

Duel musical show in Paris
Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

Spectacle terminé

Sans dialogue


Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse
26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacité 400 sièges


1 hour and 15 minutes


Where music meets comedy

Recommended for the whole family

No dialogue

Highlights: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

Duel, the mellodically comedic duo that will bring you on a journey through music, traveling from classical music to jazz to rock tunes, and everywhere in between! As the duo battles to find harmonies in ever opposing melodies, this unique original performance will transport you through the ages.

Story: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

A battle of melodies, or a battle of the sexes? Feast your eyes as pianist and cello steal the stage as a musical duo ready to duel! As this poetic pairing switches from one instrument to another, the music will come to life, as notes flutter past your ears.


This contrasting duo shows size doesn't matter when it comes to music, and will bring their instruments to life on a journey through the ages of music. Will they be able to overcome their differences at the end of this musical duel? 


This unique show features no dialogue at all, a great way to discover popular Parisian entertainment without a beat. Emotions are ensured to connect through a wide range of mimed expressions, music and miming. The duo behind Duel truly have created a patchwork of entertainment guaranteed to enchant from ages 7 to 77 and beyond. A can't miss show that has pleased Parisian audiences for years and has triumphed on stages in over 39 different countries! 



I went back a second time! Such a joy to see the skill and humour of the musicians! Everyone was delighted, parent and children!!

A great night out!

I went with a friend and we had a great night out, sometimes the music made us laugh and sometimes it gave us goosebumps. The start of the show can seem a bit confusing but just wait a bit and the show really starts. The musicians were incredibly talen

A gem

We loved it, and really did not expect such a great level of talent, creativity and finesse. You absolutely have to see it, and then see it again!


A great show by really talented musicians



A wonderful show, we had just barely been seated before entering into a funny, moving, and talented universe. We simply didn't see the time go by, Bravo to the artists, director, and all others who participated in this show!



Excellent musical show! My daughters aged 10 and 13 loved it too! 


Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris

Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

Les cafés-concerts étaient extrêmement populaires à Paris dans la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle. On s’y rendait régulièrement pour assister à un spectacle – un numéro de mime, de danse ou de cabaret – tout en mangeant, buvant et, inévitablement, en chahutant : tel était le Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse à son ouverture en 1868.


Cependant, les années 1930 furent une période sombre pour ce théâtre, du fait du déclin de la popularité de la culture des cafés-concerts. Le répertoire théâtral devenait de plus en plus vulgaire, la direction offrant désespérément des spectacles de plus en plus sulfureux pour tenter d'attirer les spectateurs, avant de finalement renoncer. Pourtant, durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le théâtre repris du service avec des troupes variées de chanteurs montant sur scène, ce qui donna au théâtre une nouvelle vie et provoqua un regain de popularité. En 1945, une compagnie théâtrale d’avant-garde loua la salle, proposant des sketches variés, des comédies musicales, des parodies et des récitals poétiques. Parmi les artistes, une certaine Juliette Gréco fit ses premiers pas sur la scène du Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse, avec un spectacle intitulé Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir.


Menacé de démolition en 1988, plusieurs grands noms du milieu se joignirent pour sauver le théâtre qui depuis propose toujours des spectacles. Inscrit sur la liste des monuments historiques depuis 1984, le Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse est l’incarnation même de la réussite et du principe de ne jamais renoncer.


En quelques mots

Capacité : 400

Accès handicapé : oui, merci de nous contacter pour vous garantir un placement dans les zones accessibles.

Climatisé : oui


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

Duel is a musical, hilarious miming 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 this musical duo.

How do I get to the theatre?

The Théâtre Gaîté Montparnasse is accessible by lines 4, 6, 12 and 13, and the closest métro stations are Edgar Quinet and Gaîté. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map.

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 Duel do not include a programme.

It says this show is ‘perfect for the whole family’. Does that mean it’s for kids?

Nothing is more ageless than music. Duel is suitable for audiences of all ages, but is by no means just for children. People from 3 years old to 93 years old will thoroughly enjoy the musical prowess of the actors.

How long does the show last?

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

Is it a show for travelers or French people?

Both! While featuring French performers, the production team is eager to cater to international spectators as well, since the show can be understood and enjoyed by anyone. After successful performances across France, the hit show has been traveling and has been enjoyed by audiences in over 39 countries!

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.”

Does this venue have air conditioning?

Yes! The Théâtre Gaîté Montparnasse has air conditioning throughout to ensure a comfortable evening at the theatre rain or shine, hot or cold!