If you don’t know the extraordinary significance of a specific chair - today displayed at the Comédie Française - to the story of legendary French playwright and actor Molière, your curiosity will soon be satisfied.
Situated in the 14th arrondissement, just a stone's throw away from the trendy Saint-Germain dès Près and the beautiful Jardins de Luxembourg, the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse is a listed historical monument. It originally opened its doors in 1868 as a ‘café-concert,’ a place where people would go to eat, drink and watch a show, typically mime, dance or cabaret. The 1930s represent a bleak period in the venue’s history, due to the decline in popularity of café-concert culture. The venue fell into disarray, but was thankfully restored in 1958. Threatened again in 1988, this time more seriously with demolition, various influential names in the theatre world rallied round to save it, and it’s been in continuous operation since.
Theatre in Paris makes the very best shows in the city accessible to you: after being accompanied to your seat by your usher, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
"Excellent play. Interesting, amusing."
maryfE9410JE | TripAdvisor
"Entertaining, educational and exciting evening of Moliere. It was an experience we shall never forget and is a memory mainstay of our time in Paris."
Ruth B | United States
"Francis Perrin stops at no end to show his admiration and passion for Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a Molière, The Father of French Theatre. He pirouettes, he jumps, he dances… he’s on fire in this role!"
"Francis Perrin hits the nail on the head; he captures the authenticity of the famed Molière while also bringing a refreshing modernity to it all. This show is exhilaratingly intelligent and a must-see for the whole family."
"FABULOUS. The actor lost it when someone’s cell rang and this made the experience even better. It was an experience we would never have seen in the U S."
Muldoom | United States
"Incredible. Francis Perrin passionately and vigorously tells the story of Moliere’s life, making us relive all the pitfalls that defined Molière. Perrin’s interpretation is both brilliant and full of emotion. I can’t thank you enough for this amazing show!"
Chacha | France
"An Amazing Man. As if we weren’t already convinced, Francis Perrin once again confirms his immense talent. He’s an unparalleled story-teller; despite only using a few props during the show’s minimalist staging, he captures the audience, making them laugh, moving them with emotion and even surprising them. With unfailing energy, he leaps, spins and dances while his words captivate you. The admiration that he shows for Molière makes you want to read his works yourself! Thank you, Mr Perrin, for this incredible performance. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin himself would, without a doubt, applaud you!"
lamarche | France
"This production is beautiful. It’s informative, joyous, entertaining and perceptive. Take a walk down memory lane with Perrin as he brings Molière to life with a unique sense of humanity and a whole lot of passion. You are sure to love it."
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