Carmen, The Ballet
25 rue Mogador, 75009 Paris
Capacity : 1600 seats
1 hour and 50 minutes
Recommended for all ages
After the 2015 world premiere in Spain, the Compañía Nacional de Danza brings their ballet interpretation of the acclaimed opera to the Parisian stage. Swedish choreography Johan Inger gives this work of markedly Spanish character a whole new light. Focusing on the issue of violence, and choosing to approach the subject from an innocent, pure perspective, that of a child. Inger prompts audiences into watching the heartbreaking plot unfold through this unique perspective, transforming and maturing alongside the characters.
Wrought with elements of passion, revenge, and love sickness, the female protagonist made famous in the original operatic version maintains her strong presence. With a simplistic and open set design, the setting in the Spanish town of Seville could very well be any small industrial center. All the aesthetics from costumes to the set are meticulously selected to reflect increasingly darkening undertones.
An original new interpretation of the celebrated opera by the same name, witness the passion of Carmen in a new light with this ballet full of emotion performed for the first time on the Parisian stage.
Inspired by the English music hall style in 1919, it was originally named “Palace Theatre” in hopes to appeal to British soldiers during WWI. A few years later, it was renamed Théâtre Mogador after an old city in western Morocco and inaugurated by the then-future American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The theatre has been a venue dedicated to musical shows, gaining its fame with performances such as Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballet Russes”, and operettas such as Mistinguett, one of France's most popular singers throughout the 1920s and 1930s. With its French charm, British playhouse architectural inspiration, and famous international shows, the Théâtre Mogador has been pleasing audiences for over a century.
Théâtre Mogador is right in the middle of the 9th arrondissement, where you can find also many bustling restaurants and bars, or explore the beautiful Parisian Passage des Panoramas.
The Théâtre Mogador is the place to see Broadway-esque renditions, and in the past has welcomed celebrated productions such as Cats, The Lion King, or Mamma Mia! The Théâtre Mogador is now a space that frequently welcomes classic Broadway shows with a French twist, perfect for a Parisian theatre night.
Handicap Accessible? Partially, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? Yes
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre is accessible by the metro stations Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves (Line 12) or Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette (Line 7, 9). 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 below.
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 and fifty minutes, including one intermission.
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.”