Shows in Paris

140 theatres and show venues offer major productions, historical reconstructions, musicals and much more

Ballets, operas, musicals, circuses, comedy shows...

A whole host of prestigious productions are staged all year round in Paris.

The biggest shows play here at top venues like Bercy Arena, the Opéra national de Paris ,the Palais des Sports, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Théâtre Mogador, the Zénith de Paris ...

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International productions are often staged in the original language with surtitles in French. Some venues are equipped for people with hearing disabilities (Odéon-Théâtre de l'EuropeOpéra national de Paris, Comédie-FrançaiseThéâtre National de Chaillot...). Finally, foreign visitors can also enjoy theatre performances in Paris thanks to surtitling in English for certain shows. They can hear the actors performing in French, but have the English text right in front of them. Enjoy French culture just as thousands of Parisians do every day! This service is offered by Theatre in Paris  (discover the full line-up).

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"How to become a Parisian in one hour" by Olivier Giraud

Show - comedy, one-man show
from 01 January 2017 to 01 April 2018
Théâtre des Nouveautés - 24 boulevard Poissonnière, Paris

Olivier Giraud offers a show in English on the attitudes and idiosyncrasies of Parisians: mannerisms and habits that have given th...

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Musical theatre, musical
from 25 February 2017 to 09 July 2017
Casino de Paris - 16 rue de Clichy, Paris

The musical 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' for the first time in France.

Rigoletto, opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Show - opera
from 27 May 2017 to 27 June 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille - Place de la Bastille, Paris

Verdi's famous opera 'Rigoletto' takes place at the Opéra Bastille until 27 June 2017

Robbins / Balanchine / Cherkaoui / Jalet

Show - dance
from 02 May 2017 to 27 May 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier - Place de l'Opéra, Paris

Choreographers Robbins, Balanchine, Cherkaoui and Jalet with music by Maurice Ravel at the Opéra Garnier

Champs-Elysées Film Festival

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
from 15 June 2017 to 22 June 2017
Avenue des Champs-Élysées - ., Paris

Champs-Elysées Film Festival aims to present independent French and American films to a wider audience : competition, screenings, ...

Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Festival | Show - opera
from 16 June 2017 to 09 September 2017
Paris et Ile-de-France - ., Paris

Every summer, a well-known director puts on a great opera from the classical repertoire.

Et 20 l’été

Festival | Show - miscellaneous | Show - theatre
from 22 June 2017 to 25 June 2017
Paris et Ile-de-France - ., Paris

The street arts festival returns for its 8th edition in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

La Sylphide, ballet by Pierre Lacotte

Show - dance
from 01 July 2017 to 16 July 2017
Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier - Place de l'Opéra, Paris

In July, the stage of the Opéra Garnier welcomes the famous 'La Sylphide' ballet from choreographer Pierre Lacotte

Les Etés de la Danse (Summers of Dance)

Festival | Show - dance
from 04 July 2017 to 22 July 2017
Île Seguin - Rives de Seine - Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt

The festival welcomes outstanding ballet companies from all around the world.

The Cuban National Ballet

Show - dance
from 06 July 2017 to 20 July 2017
Salle Pleyel - 252 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris

The Cuban National Ballet on stage at the Salle Pleyel for 14 exceptional performances

Open Air Cinema

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
from 12 July 2017 to 20 August 2017
Plein Air Parc de La Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

A cultural highlight every summer, the festival welcomes thousands of film fans with a programme of French and international films

Festival Paris l'Eté (Paris Summer Festival)

Festival | Music - miscellaneous | Show - miscellaneous
from 17 July 2017 to 05 August 2017
Paris et Ile-de-France - ., Paris

Some 15 shows, in Paris and the Paris region: dance, music and theatre.

Cinema by Moonlight

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
from 28 July 2017 to 13 August 2017
Paris et Ile-de-France - ., Paris

Organised by the Forum des Images in the district of Les Halles, the festival takes over the capital's parks and gardens.

Tréteaux nomades

Festival | Show - theatre
End of August to the beginning of September 2017
Paris et Ile-de-France - ., Paris

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