Rimbaud Verlaine

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Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell

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Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell
38 boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris
Capacité 800 sièges


1 hour 30 minutes
1 intermission


Recommended for ages 16 and up
French with English subtitles

Vous allez adorer Rimbaud Verlaine

Based on the true story of two of the most renown poets of the 18th century who inspired each other to write beautiful poems throughout their life together thanks to the power of their love. Tragically this love does not last very long, destined to be torn apart by an unfortunate series of events. The play will entail poetic versus from both Rimbaud and Verlaine throughout the time they spent together as lovers. 

Résumé : Rimbaud Verlaine

You put two misunderstood and rebellious poets together and you get a love story mixed with heartfelt sorrow. In the late 1800s Rimbaud invites Verlaine to Paris looking forward to meeting this young literary genius after discovering his poems not knowing what lies ahead. Admiration leads to passion, and Verlaine feels the need to abandon his wife Mathilde for something new, a love he’s never experienced before. He escapes his past and moves forward following Rimbaud to London and then Belgium. It was destiny for these two to meet, but as the years pass sad poems are written about hoe miserable the two men are. At last, Verlaine can’t bear the pain any longer and ends up shooting the one person he truly loved, breaking the both apart leading to partake in nothing but grief and distress. Leaving their mark behind experiencing everything man has to offer these two lovers open the doors to the contemporary life we live today, a moving play with a powerful composition that will make you perceive emotions the characters are feeling in every scene.


Great Actors

Very good piece, great actors, a must see! talented artists!

Great Time!

Intense show, with a very nice involvement of actors/singers. The texts are rich, beautiful, and the staging transported us! Congratulations and thank you!


I didn't expect to spend such a sublime Sunday... I wasn't expecting such a good show, but what a surprise that the actors sing very well. The text is excellent. (Without spoilers) the judgment scene is perfect. Congratulations to all of you.

The history of poets cursed in music

Beautiful lyrics and songs with a choreographed staging that transports you into the world of poets. Bravo, I spent a while being transported.


Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell

38 boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris

Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell

Auréolé du luxe d’être inscrit sur la liste des monuments historiques depuis 1994, le Théâtre du Gymnase fête en 2020 ses 200 ans. Peu de théâtres peuvent se vanter d’une telle longévité. Son nom vient du fait qu’à l’origine, les élèves du conservatoire s’y formaient en commençant par jouer des pièces d’un acte avant d’en augmenter le nombre.

Rapidement, le théâtre gagna de la reconnaissance et ses sièges furent occupés par une multitude de spectateurs. Des comédiens réputés débutèrent leur carrière sur ses planches. La lumière au gaz fut installée plus tard, grâce à la générosité de la duchesse Marie-Caroline Ferdinande Louise de Bourbon. Toutefois, son nom ne rend pas hommage à la duchesse du Berry, mais à Marie Bell qui prit la direction du théâtre en 1962.

Avant Marie Bell, le renommé comédien Lemoine-Montigny dirigea le théâtre en 1844. Grâce à son enthousiasme visant à attirer de plus en plus de spectateurs dans son théâtre, il y fit jouer les nouvelles pièces attrayantes des grands dramaturges de son temps, d’Alexandre Dumas à George Sand en passant par Balzac.

Aujourd’hui, le Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell accueille des centaines de spectateurs du monde entier et a ouvert ses portes à des spectacles divers et variés, du classique au moderne, avec des ballets, des concerts, des pièces de théâtre et des stand-up. Récemment, il a conclu des partenariats avec d’autres théâtres tels que la Comédie des Boulevards et le Nouveau Théâtre.


It says that this show is not recommended for children under 16. What does that mean?

While this show is about two of the most famous poets in history, some scenes may be innappropriate for children under 16 years old, parental discretion is advised.  

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! the show Rimbaud Verlaine is meant to provide all audience members with an unforgettable experience. Spectators will get the opportunity to experience the wonderful yet disparaging lives of both these poets.

Where will I be seated, and will I see the subtitles properly?

There are three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is a French style auditorium, which means that all seats face the stage and Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed to have an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.

Does the venue have a specific dress code?

Feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, we advise you to dress in comfortable and smart casual apparel. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

Can I take photos of the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful venue to remember your night out!

How do I get to the theatre?

Théàtre du Gymnaseis accessible by lines 8 and 9, and the closest metro station is Bonne- Nouvelle. The theater can also be reached through bus lines 20, 39, and 48. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the show and present your voucher at the front desk. The theater's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Subtitles or “surtitles”?

Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles or as others may know it, captioned performances. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Théâtre Le Ranelagh, the text is projected above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.