The Tower of Monsieur Eiffel (La tour de 300 mètres)
36 Rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris
Capacity : 386 seats
1 hour and 25 minutes
Suitable for all ages
In French with English subtitles
A brand new musical centered around the creation of the Eiffel tower. Catchy and fun, the play introduces a gallery of lively characters including Gustave Eiffel himself, his daughter Claire, Maupassant, Ferdinand, and Lesseps. Discover the untold story of France's beloved 300 meter tower.
Did you know? The Eiffel Tower is celebrating 130 year birthday in 2019!
Paris 1884 : the government has just announced that the next World's Fair will take place in Paris in 5 years' time. In just 5 years, a slew of familiar characters will work hard to construct what has become the world's most famous iron tower. The Tower of Monsieur Eiffel will immerse you in the heart of the Belle Epoque period to tell the incredible story.
Well-known characters far and wide will cross paths during this incredible architectural feat, as the clock races to finish construction before the start of the World's Fair. A true exclamation of love for the Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris itself, this brand new original musical is a must see!
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 17th 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 XVII 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? No
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 The Tower of Monsieur Eiffel 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 twenty-five minutes with no intermission.
Is the show for travellers of French people?
Thanks to our subtitles, both! This production of The Tower of Monsieur Eiffel is a brand new original show to hit the Parisian theatre scene. 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 Trévise, 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.”