Ballet & Dance
From clowns to musical splendor
The Théâtre Bobino gets its name from a celebrated Italian clown that worked in the nearby Luxembourg Gardens in the early 19th century. From 1816 to 1868, the Théâtre du Luxembourg welcomed Bobino the clown and his troupe, and the venue became affectionately referred to as Bobino's theatre. In the 1870s, the venue moved locations to the bustling nearby Montparnasse district and officially adopted its namesake.
From its construction in the 1870s up until the first World War, the Bobino was a small café-concert, though quickly gaining notoriety. While exiled in France, even Lenin himself was known to frequent the Théâtre Bobino! Following the war, the Bobino music hall very quickly became the go-to location for all the latest in Parisian musical culture. Becoming the primary music venue on the Rive Gauche, the Théâtre Bobino welcomed international stars from Edith Piaf and Georges Brassens to Barbara Dalida, and Joséphine Baker. At one time, the Bobino and Paris' mythic Rive Droite music Hall L'Olympia were both run by the same man, Bruno Coquatrix.
Finding its place
After a major renovation in the 1980s, the theatre faced closure due to lack of financing and entered into a rather experimental phase throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, housing cabaret dinners, comedians, and even welcoming a few television recording sessions. The Bobino changed direction in 2010 when a new director wanted to embrace the venue's music hall history and also to expand to include musical comedies, one-man-shows, and more diverse acts. The Théâtre Bobino has finally found its place as a celebrated Parisian venue welcoming musically-charged performances of all genres.
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? No