There are a lot of theatres in France offering performances suiting any kind of preferences – comedies, dramas and many others. Famous for their magnificent architecture and opulent decoration, theatres invite you to spend a wonderful time with entertaining stories performances by famous actors. Here are some of them.
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
This theatre was built in 1913 after an Art Deco design by French architect Auguste Perret. It is located in the Avenue Montaigne, a prestigious side-street of the Champs-Elysées. This is one of the finest show venues in Paris. It is a symbol of French architecture of the 20th century. Great artists contributed to its creation: Henry Van de Velde, Auguste Perret, Antoine Bourdelle, Maurice Denis, and even René Lalique. Each year, some 300,000 spectators enjoy a rich and eclectic program of performances: ballets, operas, orchestras, and recitals.
Location: 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
Nearby hotels: Hotel Saint-Marc, Le 10 Bis Hotel, Le Bristol Paris
Nearby sights: Musee d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Musee du Louvre
Tel.: +33 1 49 52 50 50
The Comédie Française, France’s oldest theater group, was founded in 1680 and originally housed in the Hôtel de Guénégaud. In 1799, during the French revolution, they moved to their current location, known as the ‘Salle Richelieu’. This theatre was originally built by architect Victor Louis as the opera house of thePalais Royal. The repertory is largely traditional, though modern works by French dramatists and foreign playwrights are also performed.
Location: Palais Royal 2 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
Nearby hotels: Mandarin Oriental, Paris, Hotel Joke – Astotel, Hotel Fabric
Nearby sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg Gardens , Sainte-Chapelle
Tel.: +33 1 44 58 15 15
Théâtre de l’Odéon
This neoclassicism theatre was built in 1782 for the Comédie Française at the site of the former Hôtel de Condé. The building burned down in 1807 but was rebuilt that same year. It is a part of the Théâtre de l’Europe. The outside recalls the grandeur of the monuments of Greek Antiquity with their cubic shapes, Doric columns and austere facades.
Location: 1 pl de l’Odeon | 6th, Paris
Nearby hotels: Hotel Fabric, Le Relais des Halles, Hotel Joke – Astotel
Nearby sights: Musee de l’Orangerie, Arc de Triomphe, Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Tel.: +33 1 44 41 36 36
Théâtre du Rond-Point
This circular building, originally known as the Rotonde du Panorama National replaced an earlier circular building at the same site near theChamps-Élysées. Completed in 1860, it was a popular venue throughout the 19th century. Decorations at the outside of the building commemorate Napoleon’s victories.
Location: 2 B avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris
Nearby hotels: Grand Hotel Leveque, La Reserve Paris – Hotel and Spa, Hotel Monge
Nearby sights: Palais Garnier – Opera National de Paris, River Seine, Pont Alexandre III
Tel.: +33 1 44 95 98 21
The dodecagonal shaped theatre in the Champs-Élysées gardens was designed by Charles Garnier, the architect who designed the famous Opéra Garnier. It was built in 1881 as a panorama; it was only converted into a theatre in 1925.
Location: Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris
Nearby hotels: Le Relais des Halles, Maison Souquet Le 10 Bis Hotel
Nearby sights: Musee de l’Orangerie , Pont Alexandre III, Luxembourg Gardens
Théâtre National de Chaillot
This theatre has a room with a capacity of 1200 visitors in the east wing of thePalais de Chaillot at Trocadéro, built for the World Fair of 1937. It shares the building with the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, an architecture museum.
Location: 1 Square du Trocadero, 75116 Paris
Nearby hotels: Hotel Monge, Hotel Saint-Marc, Hotel La Tamise – Esprit de France
Nearby sights: Musee d’Orsay , Eiffel Tower , Musee du Louvre
Tel.: +33 1 53 65 30 00