Until 09 September 2018
10 rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009 Paris
Capacity : 630 seats
1 hour and 10 minutes
Suitable for all ages
Virtuoso brothers Mathias and Julien are unequivocally captivating on the piano and utterly hypnotizing with their clownish, yet tasteful magic tricks. Leaving audiences awestruck, Les Virtuoses is like something you’d see on Broadway, but with a Parisian twist. Perfect for the whole family! This show is nothing short of mesmerizing, expertly mixing music, magic, and miming to create, what is perhaps, the most unique show you’ll ever see.
These 2 pianists take the stage with one objective: to mix music, contemporary magic and Chaplinesque clowning. In a spectacle drawing on poetry and absurdity, Les Virtuoses brilliantly combine the virtuosity of a concert performer with the desire for fun and entertainment. With their four skillful but impish hands, they reimagine the classics with irrepressible brio.
But this duo doesn’t just play music, they enhance their whole performance with magical transformations. With the tips of their fingers, they touch the heartstrings of their audience, leading the way to a wonderful dream world. Dancing lights flutter on stage and twirl to the sound of their music, notes take off in a flurry of doves’ wings.
Endorsing the roles of musicians, actors, magicians, the irresistible Virtuoses achieve the seemingly impossible, intertwining wild imagination with seriousness, where great music comes alive. A celebration of music in wonderland, imbued by the enthusiasm of these two dynamic pianists.
It is great way to discover popular Parisian entertainment and you won’t miss a beat. Emotions are ensured to connect without the use of words, through a wide range of mimed expressions, music and magic. Les Virtuoses truly have created a patchwork of entertainment guaranteed to enchant from ages 7 to 77 and more!
Abandoned by its owners due to its black market activities during the early 1900s, the building where the Théâtre Fontaine now stands once was a famous, high-class cabaret called Le Chantilly. Bought in 1951 by two audacious and uniquely dynamic accomplices, the rundown space was transformed into a theatre.
After an expansion to accommodate more theatre-goers, Théâtre Fontaine has continued its tradition as a space for comedies and classics to take the stage and keep audiences laughing. The interior has kept its 1950s flair with its checkerboard entryway, plush red velvet seating and celestial ceiling.
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? Yes
It says this show has no subtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?
Les Virtuoses is a musical, magical miming show, which communicates through movement and gestures rather than with words. It’s different from what we usually offer (French plays with English subtitles) but is still true to Theatre in Paris’ promise: French entertainment accessible to non-French speakers. People from all over the world, no matter their language, can enjoy Les Virtuoses.
How do I get to the theatre?
The Théâtre Fontaine is accessible by lines 12 and 2, and the closest métro stations are Pigalle and St Georges. 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 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.
Can I purchase a programme?
Tickets for Les Virtuoses do not include a programme.
It says this show is ‘perfect for the whole family’. Does that mean it’s for kids?
Les Virtuoses is suitable for audiences of all ages, but is by no means just for children. People from 3 years old to 93 years old will thoroughly enjoy the magical and musical prowess of the actors.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts one hour and ten minutes with no intermission.
Is it a show for travelers or French people?
Both! Mathias and Julien Cadez are French performers, and while the obvious audience is Parisians, the production team is eager to cater to international spectators as well, since the show can be understood and enjoyed by anyone.
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.”
Does this venue have air conditioning?
Yes! Les Virtuoses is playing year round, including during the warm summer months, but the Théâtre Fontaine has air conditioning throughout to ensure a comfortable evening at the theatre rain or shine, hot or cold!