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Best Theaters in Paris

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Essaïon Théâtre

This incredible theater was established by Régis Santon and five other actors in 1975. It is situated within an ancient medieval cave beneath the city streets of Paris. The plush red seats and modern lighting equipment are framed by the old stone walls, creating an enticing temporal dissonance that epitomizes modern France - the past and presents united as a vessel for French culture. Essaïon Théâtre offers a variety of productions including cabaret, theatrical productions, and tragedy as well as comedy shows.

Paris, France
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La Comédie-Française

The enduring classics of European and French theater (including, always, a little Moliere), are presented here by France's most prestigious troupe of actors (founded in 1680). At the Comédie Française, established in the Palais-Royal in 1790, theatergoers needn't worry about the quality of the production or the grandeur of the setting. The theater's interiors are both intimate and bombastic, and what's more, you can see Moliere's own chair in the foyer during the intermission.

Paris, France
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L'Archipel - Salle Bleue

Located within the Théâtre L'Archipel, Salle Bleue is an exciting theater room. Accommodating approximately 150 guests, the blue room also features a cozy bar that can accommodate up to 50 guests standing. The experience of watching the different plays, concerts, musical renditions, and to add to it, a drink to accompany you, is truly magical. The bar is open to the audiences even after the performances to socialize and have a great time.

Paris, France
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Théâtre Mogador

Théâtre Mogador is an important theater on the Parisian scene since World War I. Performances of extreme high quality is presented to a sophisticated public. Inaugurated in 1913, it is located in a district better known for shopping than for theater. This place is next door to the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores. An audience of arty connoisseurs attend the events in a grandiose ambiance. Visit the website for schedules and further details.

Paris, France
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Chaillot National Theater

Nestled amidst the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro Gardens, the Théâtre National de Chaillot is one of the many cultural attractions of Ile-de-France. A grand performance arena, the billboard on the outside keeps you informed vis-a-vis the current performances and you enter into a foyer elegantly dressed in golds and blacks. The Théâtre National de Chaillot also has one of the biggest concert halls around and it's a perfect place to enjoy a culturally enriching evening before or after a visit to LiStrani, the in-house Italian restaurant. Visit the website for detailed information.

Paris, France
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Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier

Since May 2000, Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier of Bagnolet has provided a space for creation and performance. It constantly tries to innovate by providing opportunities to writers, authors, and directors to write and create groundbreaking plays. It encourages and promotes fresh talent and also doubles up as a center for theatrical research also open to dance, video, and martial arts.

Bagnolet, France
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Théâtre de la Commune

The Théâtre de la Commune presents new and already beloved works of theater to the community and to visitors. Its history as a center of dramatic arts stretches back to 1960 when a project to bring together multiple theatrical groups and to give a social significance to this approach of theater found its home in Aubervilliers. If you trully enjoy performing arts then a visit to the theater is a must.

Aubervilliers, France
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Cartoucherie

Experimental theater is alive and well at the Cartoucherie (cartridge depot, so named for the theater's previous military use in conjunction with the nearby training ground). It's a type of theater park, containing several playhouses, in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes (Vincennes Woods), which makes a lovely place to stroll, before a performance. At the Tempête (Tempest), the Aquarium or the Soleil (Sun), theatergoers are likely to find productions with a difference - political, youthful, and often masterminded by the trendiest young directors.

Paris, France
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Les Gémeaux

This oft-lauded theater is situated in Sceaux. The Gémeaux national theater showcases some of the highest quality productions in France, lead by Director Françoise Letellier who carefully creates each year's program to offer something to everyone. Productions include classical and contemporary pieces in addition to children's shows, concerts, opera, dance, and more.

Paris, France
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