Shows at the Palace of Versailles

Fireworks displays, fountains...: the Palace of Versailles has something exciting for visitors all summer long.

The summer programme at the Versailles Estate is packed with great events! Festive entertainment, music and exceptional evening events are happening all summer, and right up to 30th October 2018. Visitors can attend the ‘Musical Fountains Show’, the ‘Fountains Night Show’... , discover the ‘Royal Voices’ or take part in a Masked Ball … All the details on not-to-be-missed festivities!

Les Grandes Eaux musicales (Musical Fountains Show)

Every Saturdays and Sundays from March 31 to October 28 2018, every Tuesdays from May 22 to June 26 ; March 30, May 08, May 10 and August 15 2018

Bassin de Latone Chateau de Versailles © Thomas Garnier

The Musical Fountains Show invites visitors to stroll through the gardens of Versailles that the Sun King was so fond of.  An invigorating walk past ornamental ponds and fountains, which for a few hours regain all the past glory and splendour  of the court of Louis XIV, thanks to the expertise of water-fountain engineers. Waterfalls, jets and sprays of water spring forth in a crystal clear aquatic dance to the sound of music by Lully.

  • Opening of the groves: from 9am to 7pm
  • Music from 10am to 7pm
  • Water effects (week-end) 11am to 12-noon and from 3.30pm to 5pm. Tuesday: 11am to 12-noon and from 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Water effects at the Mirror Fountain every 10 minutes, from 10am to 7pm
  • Water display in the Water Theatre Grove: every 15 minutes from 10am to 7pm
  • Bassin de Neptune Fountain Show every 15 minutes from 10am to 5pm, then from 5.45pm to 6.45pm, on weekends and public holidays.
  • Bassin de Neptune Fountain Show every 15 minutes from 10am to 6.45pm on Tuesdays (22 May to 26 June) and on Friday 30 March.

Rate: €9,5. Reduced rate: €8. Free for children aged under 6.

More info on the Musical Fountains Show

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes (Fountains Night Show)

Every Saturdays from June 16 to September 15 2018

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes 2018  © Thierry Nava - Groupe F

At dusk, the Fountains Night Show unveils the charm of the gardens of Versailles … Lighting and stage effects artists, musicians and a group of fireworks experts,  the ‘Groupe F’,  create a stunning ephemeral itinerary of visual, sound and aquatic installations with a fireworks finale under the starry sky of the Versailles Estate, to the sound of baroque music.

  • Itinerary: from 8.30pm to 11.05pm.
  • Fireworks finale in front of the Grand Canal: from 10.50 to 11.05pm

Rate: €26. Reduced rate: €22. Free for children aged under 6
Undated, skip-the-line ticket: full price €30, reduced price €26, VIP ticket €48
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children 6-17 years), valid between 16-23 June: €56 instead of €96

More info on the Fountains Night Show

Royal serenade in the Hall of Mirrors

Every saturdays from June 16 to September 15 2018

Sérénade royale - Château de Versailles © Stéphane Bellocq

Just before The Fountains Night Show, dancers from the company L’Eventail and musicians from Les Folies Françoises invite visitors to accompany them from the Royal Apartments to the famous Hall of Mirrors. A circuit punctuated with theatre sketches portraying the customs and habits of the court in the 17th century.

  • Performances lasting 40 minutes: at 6.30pm, 6.50pm, 7.10pm, 7.30pm  and 7.50pm

Rate: €24. Reduced rate: €21. Free for children aged under 6.

Serenade + Grandes Eaux Nocturnes: €42. Reduced rate: €35. Free for children aged under 6.

New: Serenade + Grandes Eaux Musicales: €28. Reduced rate: €24. Free for children aged under 6.

The Musical Gardens

Every Fridays from April 6 to October 26, every Mondays from March 27 to April 24, May 15 and from July 3 to October 30 2018

Jardins musicaux château de Versailles - Bassin des enfants dorés © Thomas Garnier

The Musical Gardens event invites visitors to discover preserved areas of the Versailles Estate, with its French-style formal garden designed by the landscape architect André Le Nôtre. A chance to discover groves and other features: sculpture, architecture, fountains … on a musical promenade.

  • Opening of the groves: from 9am to 7pm
  • Music from 10am to 7pm
  • Water effects at the Mirror Fountain every 10 minutes, from 10am to 7pm
  • Water display in the Water Theatre Grove: every 15 minutes from 10am to 7pm

Rate: €8,5. Reduce rate: €7,5. Free for children aged under 6.

Royal Voices

From April 11 to July 9 2018

Peggy Kriha Dye - Opéra © Bruce Zinger

Summer at Versailles gets underway with a series of concerts and operas, most of which were composed during the reign of Louis XIV. Some especially beautiful pieces will be performed at the Royal Chapel or at the mythical Royal Opera, including Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, an opera by Vivaldi and Mozart’s Requiem.

Purcell : King Arthur
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Staging. Marshall Pynkoski
May 11 - 8.pm
Opéra Royal
Lully : Phaéton
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Le Poème harmonique - Opéra de Perm - Opéra Royal
Dir. Vincent Dumestre
May 30, June 1st, 2nd (7.pm) and 3rd (3.pm) - 8.pm
Opéra Royal
Gluck : Orféo ed Euridice
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Dir. Diego Fasolis
June 8 - 8.pm
June 10 - 5.pm
Opéra Royal
Franc Fagloll : Récital
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) / Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
Franco Fagioli / Venice Baroque Orchestra
June 9 - 8.pm
Opéra Royal
Filippo Mineccia : Jommelli, la voix des anges
Niccolò Jommelli (1714-1774)
Ensemble Nereydas. Dir. Javier Ulises Illán
With Filippo Mineccia
June 9 - 6.pm
Chapelle Royale
Riccardo Angelo Strano : Récital
Nicola Fago (1677-1745) and others
Ensemble Cantar Lontano. Dir. Marco Mencobini
June 10 - 3.pm
Grande Salle des Croisades
Eric Jurenas : British Heroes
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) / Georg Friedrich Haendel 1685-1759)
Opera and Oratorio
June 10 - 8.30.pm
Grande Salle des Croisades
Benevolo : Messe de Saint-Louis des Français/Allegri : Miserere
Orazio Benevolo (1605-1672) / Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
Dir. Hervé Niquet Choeur and Orchestre Le Concert Spirituel
June 17 - 5.30pm
Chapelle Royale
Bach : Cantates du temps de Pâques
Johann Sebatian Bach (1685-1750)
Monteverdi Choir Dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner
June 20 - 8.pm
Chapelle Royale
Bach : Cantates du temps de l'Avent
Johann Sebatian Bach (1685-1750)
Monteverdi Choir Dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner
June 21 - 8.pm
Chapelle Royale
  • Mozart : Requiem
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)/ Jean Gilles (1668-1705)
  • Les Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly
  • Dir. Jean-Claude Magloire
  • June 26 - 8.pm
  • Chapelle Royale
  • Rossini : L'italienne à Alger
  • Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
  • Ensemble Matheus Dir. Jean-Christophe Spinosi
  • June 29 - 8.pm
  • Opéra Royal
  • The Te Deum War
  • Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard (1696-1770):François Colin de Blamont (1690-1760)
  • Dir. Daniel Culler Stradivaria - Ensemble Baroque de Nantes
  • June 30 - 7.pm
  • Chapelle Royale
  • Louis XIV's Day
  • Dir. Gaétan Jarry Ensemble Marguerite Louise
  • Dir. Vincent Dumestre Le Poème Harmonique
  • July 8 and 9 - 11.am to midnight
  • Opéra Royal

Rates: from €25 to €415. Reduced rates: from €20 to €245.

The Orangery Nights

From May 27 to July 12 2018

Nuits de l'Orangerie - château de Versailles © Thierry Nava - Groupe F

At sunset, the garden of the Orangery become the setting for big outdoor performances, which combine music, ballet and fireworks that echo back to the lavish festivities of the Sun King

Marie-Antoinette
Fireworks
NEW : with Stéphane Bern's voice
June 29 and July 5, 6, 11, 12 -  10.pm
Jardins de l'Orangerie
Verdi : Requiem
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris / Orchestre National d'Ile de France
Dir. Enrique Mazzola
 27 may - 4.pm
Orangerie

Rates: from €35 to €110. Group rates: from €32 to €75. Château de Versailles spectacles card rates: from €32 to €100. Under 26 year olds rates: from €25 to €70.

Court costumes

From May 28 to June 23 2018

Costumes de cour - Grand bal masqué Versailles 2017 © DR

What could be more exciting than becoming a courtier for a night? On May 28th, the Palace of Versailles organizes its Fêtes Galantes, an entertaining evening of demonstrations, baroque dance classes and a ball, with everyone dressed up in period costume. For the most enthusiastic, a grand masked ball takes place on 23 June, from 11.30pm until early the following morning!

Fêtes Galantes
Baroque evening in costumes of the period
in the Hall of Mirrors
28 May – 7.30pm
Grands et Petits Appartements,
Chapelle Royale, Galerie des Glaces
The Grand Masked Ball of Versailles
Masked and costumed ball
23 June – 11.30pm
Orangery

> Fêtes Galantes: Rates: from €150 to €410. Group rates: from €135 to €260. Château de Versailles spectacles card rates: from €135 to €370. Under 26 year olds rates: from €135 to €260.

> The Grand Masked Ball of Versailles: Rates: from €98 to €330. Group rates: from €88 to €173. Château de Versailles spectacles card rates: from €88 to €310. Under 26 year olds rates: from €88 to €173.




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