Let’s go to the theatre

Plays, circus acts, puppet shows... all for the enjoyment of strollers out for a breath of fresh air

In summer, modern-day troubadours descend into parks and gardens. Plays, circus acts, performance, puppet shows ...  While you are out for a walk, stop off to enjoy open-air performances!

Théâtre de verdure

Tucked away in the Bois de Boulogne, in the heart of the Pré Catelan, the Théâtre de Verdure in the Shakespeare Garden is one of the loveliest in the world. In an idyllic setting, it consists of a stage, a back stage area, and a lawn that seats up to 400 spectators. Every year, during the summer months, from May to September, it offers a nice programme for children and grown-ups.

The oldest monument in Paris can be found in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Built in the 1st century, the Arènes de Lutèce encompass an ancient Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, only discovered at the end of the 19th century. Each year in September, during a big festival, events are held outdoors, as in ancient times. On the programme: numerous shows and open air cinema screenings.

As summer draws to a close, the Festival itinérant des arènes de Montmartre returns. For more than fifteen years, this itinerant event has been staging performing arts acts in various places in the capital: the Montmartre amphitheatre, the courtyard of the Hôtel de Beauvais, La Bellevilloise, Place Sainte-Marthe ... On the programme: street theatre, commedia dell'arte, burlesque theatre, music, poetry and a funfair spectacle.

Puppet shows

Théâtre Guignol Anatole, public devant le théâtre, Petits Bouffons de Paris © OTCP - DR

Originating in 1808 in Lyon, the puppet Guignol has been delighting children for more than two hundred years!

With the arrival of summer days, there is nothing like a puppet show outdoors for family fun. And Paris has still some outdoor puppet theatres. Surrounded by greenery, these outdoor shows delight young and old alike with beautiful stories drawn from the traditional repertoire or original creations.

It is on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées that the oldest Guignol puppet theatre in Paris can be found. Known as ‘Le vrai guignolet’ the Théâtre Guignol des Champs-Élysées occupies a green and leafy setting and has been amusing children since 1818. Master of the place since 1979, José-Luis González delights youngsters with comical shows full of poetry. Here, Guignol is dressed in a green frock coat, which distinguishes him from his Lyon counterpart who is dressed in brown.

Created in 1836 on the Champs-Élysées, the Théâtre Guignol Anatole took up residence in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in 1903. Taken over by the Compagnie des Petits Bouffons in 2003, it offers a varied repertoire of entertainment in this lovely park.

Inaugurated in 1934 in the Saint-Lambert square, in the heart of the 15th arrondissement, the Théâtre Guignol Saint-Lambert reopened in 2014 after several years of renovation work. Since then it has been run by the Guignol & Compagnie troupe, who put on shows and stories for children.

Guignol, a native of Lyon went to Paris to make a living at the Théâtre-Guignol Lyonnais in the Parc de Choisy in the 13th arrondissement. Wearing a brown coat, with a red bowtie and a black hat, this colourful and mischievous puppet, amused young and old with his frank way of speaking, and his pranks and adventures.
Performances in French, English, German and Spanish.

Tréteaux nomades

Festival | Show - theatre
from 21 August 2020 to 06 September 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

This festival presents a series of shows, including various types of performing arts, burlesque theatre, music, poetry and popular...

Arènes de Lutèce et square Capitan

4 rue des Arènes, Paris, 75005

The Arènes de Lutèce (Paris's former name) are listed monuments that you can visit for free on any day. These arenas, situated in......

Théâtre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare

Concert hall
Route de la Reine Marguerite - Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

In the Bois de Boulogne right in the heart of the Pré Catelan park is the Jardin Shakespeare. This green romantic garden, is the......

Théâtre Guignol Anatole

Concert hall
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris, 75019

This theatre presents up-to-date shows by Guignol, mixing traditions from Lyon and Paris. If you go onto the official website,......

Théâtre de Guignol des Champs-Élysées

Concert hall
Angle avenues Matignon et Gabriel, Paris, 75008

A puppet show awaits children on the most famous avenue in the capital, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The théâtre de Guignol,......

Marionnettes du Parc Montsouris

Concert hall
Avenue Reille - Rue Gazan, Paris, 75014

Created in 1930, the puppet theatre is situated in the Parc Montsouris, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Spectators are given......

Jardin des Arènes de Montmartre

Park, garden, promenade
Rue Chappe, Paris, 75018

A few steps from the Sacré-Coeur basilica at Montmartre, the small Jardin des Arènes de Montmartre is perched on one side of the......

Théâtre de Guignol du Parc Floral

Concert hall
Parc Floral de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

'Guignol' is the main character at the puppet theatre in the Parc Floral, where puppet shows are held all year round. Several of......

Guignol Saint-Lambert

Concert hall
Square Saint-Lambert, Paris, 75015

The Guignol Saint-Lambert is a puppet theatre located in the heart of the Saint-Lambert public garden, in the 15th......

Guignol Lyonnais du parc de Choisy

Concert hall
Parc de Choisy - Avenue de Choisy, Paris, 75013

The Guignol Lyonnais at the Parc de Choisy, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, puts on puppet shows for all the family. And as......