Expat Theatre Night: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

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Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse

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Sans dialogue


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


Show lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission


Post-show drinks starting at 8:15pm


Music and comedy with no dialogue


Free Drink included


An authentic Parisian experience shared with English speakers from around the globe

Highlights: Expat Theatre Night: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

English speakers based in Paris gather for Paris Expat Theatre Night, to enjoy drinks, meet fellow expats, and see a show at one of the city's many playhouses. Since the success of our very first Expat Theatre Night in the beginning of 2018, we’ve decided to make it a monthly event!

Story: Expat Theatre Night: Duel, Battle of the Ballads

This November, we're bringing our Expat theatrebuff friends to see Duel, Battle of the Ballads, playing at the Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse. After the show, we will gather just around the corner at the charming L'Entracte to share a drink (included with the ticket!) and catch up on all things Paris.


About the show:  Duel, the melodically comedic duo that will bring you on a journey through music, traveling from classics to jazz to rock, and everywhere in between! As the duo battles to find harmonies in ever opposing melodies, the contrasting pair shows size doesn't matter when it comes to music in this unique original performance. Feast your eyes as pianist and cello steal the stage and instruments come to life 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 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! 


Love these events!

Expat nights hosted by the lovely ladies from Theater in Paris are always wonderful, it's great to see shows subtitled in english or with out any words at all like The virtuoses a glass of bubbly in hand, just love it! And last time I win


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


What's the plan for the evening?

RDV Wednesday Nov. 7 in from of the Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse (26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris) starting at 6:45pm to gather our seats together for showtime at 7pm sharp!
After the show, join us starting at 8:15pm for a drink (included!), and some exciting prize giveaways as well! Expat Night guests will gather at a cosy local spot, the L'Entacte, to share a post-show drink with fellow Paris-based internationals. 

What's included with my ticket?

Theatre in Paris Expat Night tickets include the musical show of the evening, and a post-show drink with a chance to win prizes.

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 meet fellow Expat Night participants to gather your seats all together.

Can I purchase a programme?

Tickets for Duel do not include a programme.

How long does the show last?

The show itself lasts one hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission. Expat Night guests will gather at the nearby L'Entracte Gaîté after the show for drinks. 

Is tipping mandatory?

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.”