Around the World in 80 Days (Le tour du monde en 80 jours)
36 Rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris
Capacity : 386 seats
1 hour and 35 minutes
Recommended for all ages
French with English subtitles
5 incredible actors, 10 years of success, and over 3000 performances - If you like Monty Python, then this show is for you, see the celebrated comedy this summer!
A world famous adventure novel turned into a hilarious comedy! The story of a global race against the clock led by Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, and his French valet Passepartout. Pursued by London police officer Detective Fix, who is convinced that Fogg is responsible for the robbery of the Bank of England, this English adventurer hops from train, to ship, to elephant, crossing Egypt, India, Hong-Kong, Japan, San Francisco and New-York, all while finding time to rescue an Indian princess by the name of Aouda...
In 1872, Jules Verne created a huge buzz when he published Around the World in 80 Days, the story of an chase around the globe. Repeatedly adapted for the stage and screen (including a cinematic adaptation featuring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan), this adventure novel has now been adapted by Sébastien Azzopardi and Sacha Danino into a wonderfully crazy comedy, featuring colourful, energetic and extravagant characters.
In this adaptation for the Parisian stage, Azzopardi transforms Jules Verne's tale of a thousand adventures into a theatrical journey of a thousand laughs. Now it's your turn to jump on board, and join the ride. Will Fogg will make it back to London in time?
Théâtre des Mathurins
Back in the 13th century, the rue des Mathurins was situated just outside the city of Paris; it was here that the Mathurins monks managed a large farm, later lending its name to both the street and its theatre. Upon the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in the 18th century, the two French leaders were buried in a nearby cemetery. As payment for handing over his land for the usage of the royal burial, Louis XVIII granted the farm's owner and his son authorisation to practice theatre in the modest venues just outside the city gates.
As the city grew and developed, many small boutique hotels sprouted up in the area surrounding the rue des Mathurins, attracting with them a privileged clientele including the dancer Julie Carreau, the Marquis de Beauharnais, George Sand, Maurice Dupin, and more, who would frequent the small concert venues lining the street. In the 1890s, the venue that is now the Théâtre des Mathurins was merely a modest concert hall, with no stage and little seating. Yet at the turn of the century new management took over to transform the building into an intimate playhouse, officially baptised the Théâtre des Mathurins in 1912. In the 1920s, young architect Charles Siclis was entrusted to give the exterior its notable facade contrasting modernity and tradition. A unique architectural approach for this inter-war period, Siclis would go on to design Paris' Théâtre Saint Georges and the Théâtre Pigalle in the same fashion.
It was at the Théâtre des Mathurins that Sacha Guitry would begin his career, opening with his comedy Nono in 1905 when the playwright was only 20 years old. Changing hands many times throughout the 20th century, many well-known figures in French theatre have passed through its doors, with a show programme featuring works by Oscar Wilde, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, Sacha Guitry, Jean-Pierre Bacri and Florian Zeller. The Théâtre des Mathurins housed the great figures of French theatre throughout the 20th century, and continues in its commitment to featuring upcoming new theatrical talents!
Handicap Accessible? Unfortunately no, this venue is accessible only via staircase
Air conditioning? Yes
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?
There are two categories available which ensure a comfortable view of the subtitles. Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed in the balcony to ensure an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.
How do I get to the theatre?
The Théâtre des Mathurins, 36 Rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris, is accessible by lines 3, 9, 12, 13, & 14 and the easiest metro stations are Saint Augustin (Line 9) or Saint Lazare (Lines 3, 12, 13, 14). 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 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 programme?
An exclusive programme in English for Around the World in 80 Days is provided free of charge for Theatre in Paris guests. It is a perfect souvenir, with insider information on the play, the show, and the troupe.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts one hour and thirty-five minutes with no intermission.
Is the show for travellers of French people?
Thanks to our subtitles, both! This production of Around the World in 80 Days has been performed across Parisian stages for over 10 years, a favourite among the locals and travelers alike. With the English subtitles, forget about the language barrier and enjoy an amazing French night out.
Subtitles or surtitles?
Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Théâtre des Mathurins, the text is projected above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.
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.”