Tape Face

Tape Face
Théâtre Bobino

Jusqu'au 19 septembre 2021

Sans dialogue


Théâtre Bobino
14-20 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacité 900 sièges


1 hour

No intermission


Clowning and mime
Suitable for anyone over the age of 5
No dialogue

Vous allez adorer

He was born in New Zealand, made his name on the West End, then hit the big time with an appearance on America’s Got Talent. Sam Wills, or as his audiences call him, Tape Face, is a truly international performer. Until now he had yet to make it to Paris, though. From November 2019, the French capital is about to get its first dose of hilariously funny, quirkily inventive mime show, Tape Face.


It seems like a simple concept: one man in a stripy sweatshirt mimes his way through the challenges of daily life. But it’s not easy to send a roomful of spectators into stitches without uttering a single word. With a tape over his mouth and a stage full of props, Tape Face brings a collection of inanimate objects to vivid life. They tell a dancing story that breaks through the barriers of language and tests the very limits of our imagination. Plunging us into this absurd fictional universe, Tape Face gives old-fashioned clowning a fresh and contemporary update.


Modern Mime

Having seen Tape Face on "Americas Got Talent", I was excited and nervous to see him in concert, I was afraid the show would not be able to maintain humor for over an hour. I am happy to say that I was very wrong.

1 year ago

Irresistibly good fun

You won't find a more reliably fun-for-all-the-family experience than the West End debut of Tape Face

The Guardian
2 years ago

A triumphant West End show

Thankfully, Tape Face's international success has done nothing to curb the sheer joy that this silent clown from New Zealand offers a roomful of people. His show is a delight.

The Times
2 years ago

Théâtre Bobino

14-20 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris

Des clowns aux splendeurs musicales

Le Théâtre Bobino tire son nom du célèbre clown italien qui travaillait dans le proche jardin du Luxembourg aux aurores du XIXe siècle. De 1816 à 1868, le théâtre du Luxembourg accueillit Bobino le clown et sa troupe ; la salle fut affectueusement appelé le théâtre de Bobino. En 1870, le théâtre changea de place pour le quartier plus animé de Montparnasse et adopta officiellement son surnom.


De sa construction dans les années 1870 jusqu’à la Première Guerre mondiale, le Bobino était un petit café-concert, qui se fit rapidement un nom sur la scène parisienne. Lorsqu’il était en exil en France, Lénine lui-même fréquentait l’établissement ! Après la guerre, Bobino devint rapidement la référence pour découvrir les toutes dernières nouveautés de la culture musicale de la capitale. Devenue la première salle musicale de la Rive Gauche, le Théâtre Bobino accueillit des stars internationales, d’Edith Piaf et Georges Brassens à Barbara, Dalida et Joséphine Baker. Il fut même un temps où le Bobino et la mythique salle de la Rive Droite, l’Olympia, était gérées par Bruno Coquatrix.


Trouver sa place

Après une importante rénovation dans les années 1980, le théâtre ferma par manque de financement et entra dans une phase expérimentale tout au long des années 1990 et 2000 : accueillant des dîners de cabaret, des comédiens et même quelques séances d'enregistrement télévisé. Le Bobino changea de direction artistique en 2010 lorsqu’un nouveau directeur décida de revenir aux activités historiques de music-hall, mais également d’inclure des comédies musicales, des one-man-shows et d’autres créations scéniques. Le Théâtre Bobino a enfin trouvé sa place en tant que lieu parisien réputé présentant des spectacles musicaux en tout genre.


En quelques mots

Capacité : 900

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

Climatisé : non


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

In his side-splitting clown show, Sam Wills (or Tape Face) communicates using movement, gestures and objects, 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!

Is this a family friendly show?

Even though this is a clown show and influenced a lot by classical circus, we don’t recommend bringing very young children. Théâtre Bobino does not accept audience members under 4 years of age.

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro stations Montparnasse (Line 6, 4 and 12) and Gaîté (Line 13). 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.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts one hour with no intermission.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! Having toured across the UK and the States, this now world famous performer is eager to cater to both Parisian and international audiences. His show can be understood by speakers of any language.

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.”