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.
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.