42nd Street

Théâtre du Châtelet

Until 17 January 2021

100% in English

Location

Théâtre du Châtelet
1 place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris
Capacity %number_of_seats% seats

Duration

2 hours 50 minutes

1 intermission


Details

Musical

Suitable for all ages

English with French subtitles


Highlights

This uplifting musical takes you behind the scenes of the thriving entertainment industry - Broadway. Through tales of love, money and competition, this 8-time Tony-winning musical will transport you to the bustling world of a 1930s New York City. 

Story

It’s 1933 and auditions are almost finished for Broadway’s new show Pretty Lady. Billy Lawlor, who is cast as one of the main roles, takes note of Peggy Sawyer, a young singer new to New York City. His attempts to charm her are successful and he manages to score himself a date. He explains to her that she missed auditions for the show but that he can help her join the troupe by introducing her to Andy Lee, the choreographer. Not wanting to waste his time with his friends’ new conquests, Andy initially turns her away, but after seeing her dance decides to give her a chance as a supporting role. The star of the show is actress Dorothy Brock, in spite of her declining career, as her boyfriend funded a significant part of the show. On the show’s opening night, Peggy runs into Dorothy who breaks her ankle, resulting in the director finally asking Peggy to replace her, making her the new star of the show. 

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Théâtre du Châtelet

1 place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris

It is hard to miss the grandiose building that is Théâtre du Châtelet, which towers above the busy Place du Châtelet, directly opposite its twin, Théâtre de la Ville. The larger of the two playhouses, with 2046 seats, Théâtre du Châtelet specialises in musical productions, whether that be musical theatre, dance, concerts, or opera. Its history stretches back 150 years, to the time of legendary city planner Baron Haussmann. Having destroyed another theatre during his renovations of Paris, Haussmann ordered that the Théâtre du Châtelet, then called the Cirque Imperial, be constructed as a replacement. Since then, the theatre has been home to a wide variety of genres. At the time of its 1862, its programme centred on military works and fairy plays. At one point the theatre was best known for its extended production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, which spanned 64 years, 2,195 performances, and ended only with the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940.

 

Since 1979, the theatre has been fully funded and operated by the City of Paris, during which time it has undergone two major renovations. The first saw the theatre become le Théâtre Musical de Paris, a specialisation which the theatre has kept if not the name. More recently the theatre’s focus has shifted away from classical music and opera and towards musical theatre, particularly Parisian reimaginations of Broadway musicals. American classics like Kiss Me, Kate, Singin’ in the Rain, and An American Paris have all made the bill. Surrounded by the bustling downtown neighbourhood that is Châtelet, a trip to this theatre makes evening out planning easy. 

 

Fast facts

Capacity: 2046

Handicap accessible? Yes, though we recommend contacting us with your requirements so we can ensure the best possible placement.

Air conditioning? Yes

FAQ

Where will I be seated?

There are three seating categories available. The theatre is an Italian style auditorium, which means that all seats face the stage in a horseshoe shape. Seats will be automatically allocated by the theatre in the section corresponding to your desired category.

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro station Châtelet (Line 1, 4, 7, 11, 14) and Châtelet–Les Halles (RER Lines A, B, D). 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.

Can I purchase a show programme?

Tickets for 42nd Street do not include a programme. A programme in French is available at the theatre.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts two hours and fifty minutes with one intermission.

Is the show for travelers or French people?

Both! Performed entirely in English, with French subtitles provided to ensure locals and travellers can understand.