10 shows to see this summer in Paris

Theatre, circus, cabaret … a quick tour of some of Paris’s unmissable shows this summer!

During the summer, shows continue to entertain Parisians, and there is something for everyone: theatre, concerts, sound and light shows, circus and cabaret. What could be better than spending an evening soaking up Paris’s cultural and artistic fare? And for international audiences, there are several one-man shows, musicals, and plays that are accessible to all.

Looking to encounter some French charm? Montand the French Lover and I Love Piaf are affordable musicals to see. Feel like a bit of humour? Oliver Girault and Julie Collas from How to Become a Parisian in One Hour and Oh My God She’s Parisian, respectively, share some Parisian quirks and clichés: laughs are guaranteed. Finally, every year the Palace of Versailles puts on their breathtaking Musical Fountains and Fountains Night Shows.

Here’s a brief list of some not-to-miss shows!

I Love Piaf

I love Piaf  ©  DR

The musical show I Love Piaf looks back at ‘La Môme’s’ career from Belleville to New York, and from Montmartre to Moscow. The programming comprises Edith Piaf’s greatest songs, either with an accordion accompaniment, or reworked on electric guitar.

More info : I love Piaf

How to become a Parisian in one hour

How To Become a Parisian - Official , Paris © Charles Roux

A show in English in which Frenchman Olivier Girault pokes fun at the little quirks of Parisians and their daily lives, all in a friendly international atmosphere.

More info : How to become a Parisian in one hour?

Ohlala

Ohlala 1 © Ohlala

Ohlala Sexy – Crazy – Artistic is taking over Paris! A spectacular show where the dancers and acrobats perform pieces and choreographies that get gradually more sensual as the night goes on.

More info : Ohlala

Les Grandes Eaux de Versailles

Grandes eaux nocturnes au château de Versailles -  Groupe F

Whether you choose the musical ones or the night-time ones, the Fountains Shows at Versailles are always a must-see event. From the start of spring, ornamental ponds, waterfalls, and fountains in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles create a magical ballet. An unforgettable sight.

More info : Grandes Eaux Musicales & Grandes Eaux Nocturnes

La nuit aux Invalides

La Nuit aux Invalides 2018 © DR

During the summer, the Hôtel des Invalides becomes the theatre for a stunning sound and light show themed around the First World War: 1918, the Rise of a New World. And to extend your enjoyment, the Eglise du Dôme is putting on a night-time trail lit by 1,000 candles after the show, giving you the chance to see the tomb of Napoleon I and other military figures in a new light.

More info : La Nuit aux Invalides

Oh my God she’s Parisian

Oh My God She's Parisian, Paris © DEAREST PARIS PRODUCTION

Paris’s only one-woman show is presented by Julie Collas, who discusses the clichés of Parisian life with wit and humour. A show entirely in English, but with a charming French accent.

More info : Oh My God she's Parisian

Les Virtuoses

Les virtuoses © DR

Virtuoso pianists the Cadez brothers are putting on a fantastic show full of magic and stunts throughout the summer, all presented through music.

More info : Les Virtuoses

Montand le French Lover

Montand le French Lover  © DR

A buzzing musical show, Montand le French Lover traces the hectic life, lovers, and career of Yves Montand in a typically French show aimed at an international audience.

More info : Montand le French Lover

Un fil à la patte

Un Fil à la patte © DR

One of Feydeau’s masterpieces, this contemporary version of Un fil à la Patte truly immerses audiences in 1950s Paris. The singing and dancing create a cabaret, music hall atmosphere.

More info : Un fil à la patte

Speakeasy

Speakeasy  © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

A true window into 1930s New York, the 6 Speakeasy artists are taking us into the Prohibition era. Acrobats and tightrope walkers transform into American gangsters for a stunning show.

More info : Speakeasy