Humour, comedy and theatre in Paris

Classic plays, comedies and one-(wo)man shows: this autumn’s theatre listings in Paris.

The Paris cultural calendar is packed with events for plays and comedy show fans, from one-(wo)man shows to classic and contemporaryplays.

Comedy shows

Olivier Giraud, spectacle how to become parisian in one hour © DR

One-(wo)man shows and live performances are highly imaginative, promising an evening of fun to be enjoyed with friends or family. Laughter and gaiety are on the cards with comedies and stand-up comedians: you’ll be sure to have a whale of a time.

There is an international slant to the one-man and one-woman-shows in the French capital this year. You don’t have to be a fluent English speaker to enjoy Olivier Giraud’s show How to Become Parisian in One Hour at the Théâtre des Nouveautés. At the Théâtre Bo Saint-Martin, Julie Collas presents her all-English stand-up comedy show Oh my God, she’s Parisian ! (from 11 September to 18 December 2021). For some comic relief, head to the Théâtre de Paris where the line-up includes Bérengère Krief and her new one-woman show Amour (from 8 September to 24 October 2021).

Comedy shows are staged not only in dedicated spaces such as Le Palais des Glaces and Le Point Virgule, but also in large venues where comedy regularly features in eclectic programming: the Casino de Paris, Folies Bergere and Bobino.

Theatre in the limelight

 Théâtre Edouard VII - Salle pleine, Paris © Emmanuel Murat

High drama in Paris! This autumn the curtain will open to reveal some exciting new plays. Clever, light-hearted, thought-provoking, funny, melancholic: the sheer variety of plays on offer this autumn will enchant audiences of every stripe.  More than 100 Paris venues regularly stage plays, among them the Comédie Française, the Théâtre du Rond-Point, the Théâtre de la Michodière, the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens and the Théâtre  Edouard VII … there is something for all tastes!

At the Théâtre de la Madeleine, singer-songwriter Matt Pokora has one of the lead roles in Les Grandes Ambitions (from 17 September to 10 October 2021). Vanessa Paradis takes to the stage at the Théâtre  Edouard VII, in Samuel Benchetrit’s play Maman, (from 14 September to 30 December 2021). And the Théâtre Hébertot opens the new season with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Arnaud Denis (from 21 September to 28 November 2021).

Note: Foreign plays are often staged in the original language with French surtitles. Some theatres are accessible to the hard of hearing (Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Opéra national de Paris, Comédie-Française, Théâtre National de Chaillot...). And international audiences can also enjoy an outing to the theatre in Paris, as some plays are surtitled in English.