Outdoor theatre in Paris

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.

Tucked away in the heart of the Latin Quarter in one of Paris's oldest sites. 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.

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 middle of the 15th arrondissement, the Théâtre Guignol Saint-Lambert is run by the talented troupe Guignol & Compagnie. It puts on puppet shows and stories for children such as the ‘Chat de la mère Michel’ (Mother Michel’s Cat).

Other Guignol and puppet theatres can be found in most parts of Paris. The capital’s parks and gardens play host to  shows all year round, especially in summer: the Luxembourg Gardens, the Parc Georges Brassens ; the puppet show in the Champ-de-Mars, a few steps from the Eiffel Tower, takes place in a lovely little Napoleon III-style theatre. Guignol and his friends also entertain kids – and grown-ups – in the Parc Floral, the elegant Parc Monceau and Parc Montsouris, opposite the Cité Universitaire.

Festival Paris l’Eté (Paris summer festival)

Ambra Senatore Festival Paris l'Ete © Viola Berlanda

For a few days only, from the end of July to the beginning of August, the ‘Festival Paris l'Eté’  rolls out a rich and full programme of open-air performances of circus, dance, theatre, readings, magic ... in various unexpected spots around the city.

Festival Paris l'Eté (Paris Summer Festival)

Festival | Music - miscellaneous | Show - miscellaneous
July - August 2022
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Some fifteen shows in Paris and the Paris region with dance, theatre and music.

Tréteaux nomades

Festival | Show - theatre
from 22 August 2022 to 28 August 2022
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...

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,......

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......

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......

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......

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......

Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Park, garden, promenade
Quai Branly - Avenue de la Motte Picquet, Paris, 75007

Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it......

Parc Georges Brassens

Park, garden, promenade
2 place Jacques Marette, Paris, 75015

The Parc George Brassens is named after the famous singer and poet, who lived nearby. It is located in the 15th arrondissement,......

Parc Monceau

Park, garden, promenade
35 boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, 75008

The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. Situated in the 8th......