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Paris has a vibrant theatre scene which extends from theatres to festivals. Paris Fringe Festival is a 10 day festival of theatre, dance, comedy, magic, poetry, song and more with over 20 different events ranging from full shows to workshops and readings across multiple venues like Les Feux de la Rampe, Theatre Gymnase, schools, restaurants, a library, gallery and more. Festival d’Automne à Paris or Paris Autumn Festival has been supporting artists by producing, presenting and promoting their work. It is a multi-disciplinary programme comprising theatre, music, dance, visual arts and cinema and is dedicated to the contemporary arts and convergence of different disciplines. The Festival hosts close to 50 events and 250000 visitors. If you have been waiting to watch a broadway in Paris, get ready as the line-up is sure to get you rushing to a theatre.
Among the theatre shows in Paris, “Maya - A voice, a way” at Mona Bismarck American Centre is a remarkable one. It narrates the story of a little girl who loses her voice after a traumatic event and finds herself to eventually become one of the voices that inspires generations around the world. An African-American writer and poet who fought alongside Martin Luther King and Malcolm X during the civil rights movement in the United States, Maya Angelou is considered an iconic voice for women and minorities around the world. Among other upcoming broadways are Lorrenzacio at Pleyel Room, Cinderella at Theatre Saint Leon, The complete trilogy of Bacchantes at De L’Orme Theatre, And They lived happily ever after at Dix Heures Theatre, Phedre at Clavel Theatre and Mademoiselle Cat Alliance Francaise Theatre.
The Paris-Villette Theater, earlier called Theater Present aims to unite the artistic energies and address families, adults, children and teenagers. This theatre in Paris has three halls namely, the Great Hall, the White Room and the Blue Room with a seating capacity of 200, 60 and 30 respectively. The Fontaine Theater, a historic monument with Italian architecture, was launched in theatre with a series of sketches, and eventually became a theatre showcasing musicals and plays. Some big names that have graced the Fountain Stage include singer Raymond Souplex, Louis de Funès, Roger Pierre, Jean-Marc Thibault and the theatre has showcased classics like The Love of the Four Colonels, Sacred Leonard among others.
The Antoine Theater succeeds in marrying tradition with modernity through its eclectic program. Showcasing theatre across genres like comedy, drama, pantomime and Theater Boulevard, it continues to be a variety theatre Paris has in store for you. If you have been scouting for Cafe Theatre Paris gives you Cafe du Theatre, L’officiel des spectacles and Theatre Edgar. Cafe Du Theatre with its theatre works and comedy scene offers you a great time with some amazing traditional cuisine. L'Officiel des Spectacles gives you both Classical and contemporary theatre along with boulevard pieces, one-man shows and musicals. Theatre Edgar in addition to showcasing plays and musicals is ideal for organizing conferences, workshops and day courses for art schools and for professional training in performing arts. Petit Theatre Paris is yet another theatre which is relatively much smaller in its size with a capacity of about 25 people and mostly showcases plays and stand-up comedy.
Paris Summer Academy (PSA) emphasizes on Contemporary dance and physical theatre for the younger generation through workshops focussed on Contemporary forms in the Dance, Physical theatre, Performance & Live art and Body-Mind research methods. Cours Florent, Stanislavski & Soviet Theater School are among the top theatre schools in Paris. Cours Florent is a school of professional training for acting and organizes regular training workshops and sessions on what their training offers. Some interesting upcoming workshops include Physical Interactions by Mark Jane at Gouvernail Theatre and a Dubbing Workshop at Rue Barrault.
Be it a cafe theatre or petit theatre, Paris assures a fun evening with some great theatre for all!
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