The theatre culture of Paris is booming, yet much of it is kept under wraps. For a city that has brought theatrical culture to the world, there is little fuss made about the theatre shows and its prevalence in the city. The trick to finding something unique in the city is to know of the right places to go to. There are prominent theatres that most wish to see when in Paris. Travelers cannot fight at the box office crowds, so they tend to avoid any visits to the theatres too. However, if you really want to experience the fine theatre life of Paris, keep away from main theatres and proceed to the smaller venues. The authentic Parisian nightlife is evident in the vibrant culture of the theatres that feature English subtitles. Here is a guide to a few secret and off-mainstream theatres around Paris.
Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse
This theatre stretches from the Montparnasse neighborhood to the 14th Arrondissement. This area thrives on arts of all kinds. This theatre is a 400-seater founded in early 1868. The theatre has undergone renovation repeatedly to maintain the impressiveness of its existence. The adjustment done recently was in the year 2003 – A replacement of the rear seating. The theatre is old and small. It displays the remnants of a historic city, and the wall reveals culture. You may consider an evening out at this theatre for a less pompous experience. Undoubtedly, Montparnasse is worth exploring as an exciting neighborhood too. It significantly differs in comparison to the central Parisian districts.
La Comedie Francaise, Salle Richelieu
While the rest of the tourists head to the spectacular theatres like the Palais Garnier, this one is lesser advertised about. La Comedie Francaise is one of the oldest and quietly hidden theatres in Paris. It was built in 1680 and reeks of nobility from the 15th century. The earliest theatre playwrights had their showing in this theatre in the 1600s, and today there are over 3000 works that are showcased.
In the year 1975, this beautiful theatre was built in an old blow torch warehouse. The main aim behind the construction of this theatre was to create a sense of urbanism. While there are theatrical plays and screenings at this theatre, there are also several other shows that are showcased here. Apart from shows, the Leucernaire also has art classes for those interested and plenty of refreshments arenas. The area that surrounds the theatre is cobblestoned and has everything artistic to offer the theatre enthusiast. Situated in the Latin Quarter, at its heart, this theatre is a must visit for all things creative and theatrical.
Le Théatre du Chatelet
Two chalets were built in the Paris city centre. The chalet represents a small fortress and these together now are two theatres. This theatre has tourists flocking, and the locals also visit as it is in the centre of Paris. The best part is you are close to major attractions. The Louvre Museum is close to this theatre, and so is the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Tuileries Gardens. The Theatre du Chatelet’s shows are perfect for groups and couples. Most restaurants and bars stay open late and so enjoying a night out is also an option for the guests.