Carré Marigny, 75008 Paris
Capacity : 1024 seats
2 hours 30 minutes
Recommended for all ages
English with French subtitles
If you haven’t heard of Funny Girl, you’ll definitely recognise its original lead actress: it was in just this musical that Barbra Streisand made her début. Featuring classic songs like ‘People’, ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’, and ‘I’m the Greatest Star’, this charming musical is bound to get the whole family singing. And it’s coming to Paris for the first time in history!
Curtain up: New York, in the 1910s. Fanny Brice is the star of the Ziegfeld Follies revue show. While she desperately awaits the release of her beloved husband, Nick Arnstein, from prison, she looks back with nostalgia over the arc of her career, from just your average teenager to a glittering star of renown. Aching to surpass her unremarkable features, the young Fanny dreams only of mounting the stage of Broadway to sing her little heart out. As an older wiser Fanny looks back at her younger, plainer, teenage self, we ride with her on a rollercoaster ride of ambition and heartbreak, success and disaster.
Loosely based on the true story of the original Fanny Brice, a film star and comedian, Funny Girl is a tale with its ups and downs and a healthy dose of true love. When curtains rose on Barbra Streisand back in 1964, the musical was an instant success. It would go on to be nominated for a whopping 8 Tony Awards. Over fifty years later, Funny Girl hasn’t lose an inch of its charm.
In the mid-1800s, the Marigny Square bordering Paris' famous Champs-Elysées was merely a modest venue proposing all kinds of circus-like attractions and curiosities. After changing hands and names quite a few times, from Bouffes d'été to Théâtre Deburau to Marigny Bergères, the quaint stage was torn down to make way in 1880 for a grandiose playhouse designed by none other than architect Charles Garnier, the very same man behind Paris' legendary Opéra Garnier. By the1950s, under the direction of Simone Volterra, the Théâtre Marigny had become one of the leading venues in the city, right at the peak of the post-war cultural explosion. The venue had transformed from its modest beginning to become one of the most prestigious in all of Paris, an elegant luxurious playhouse to see and be seen at. In 1954, a second smaller theatre was added to the venue to compliment the show programme with newer more intimate works.
Comprised of two theatres, small and large, the Théâtre Marigny is one of few Parisian venues to welcome historic Broadway performances, while the smaller studio houses smaller upcoming works. From 2013 to 2018, the Théâtre Marigny was closed to undergo 5 years of renovations, and has only recently reopened its doors looking better than ever. This decadent playhouse is a favourite among Parisian theatre-goers, the perfect location to see a splendid musical in an opulent setting surrounded by Paris' finest.
Capacity: Large theatre 1024, Smaller theatre 300
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? Yes
Where will I be seated?
There are three seating categories available. The theatre is an English 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 stations Franklin Roosevent (Line 9) and Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (Lines 1 & 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.
Can I purchase a show programme?
Tickets for Funny Girl do not include a programme. A programme in French is available for purchase at the theatre.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts two hours and thirty minutes with one intermission.
Is the show for travelers or French people?
Both! This production of Funny Girl has many new aspects, yet keeps all the charm of the famous American musical. Performed entirely in English, French subtitles are provided to ensure local audience members can understand as well.
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.”