When visiting Paris, if you want a real taste of the city and the French way of life, there is a tiny theatre called Theatre de la Huchette.
This place hasn't changed since it was created in 1947 and has performed the same play La Cantatrice Chauve by Ionesco for 50 years. It is a real experience that is worth enjoying but get your tickets a bit before the performance as it really is a tiny place.
I went to see the play twice after I was told about it. It's like being thrown in the Paris d'apres guerre. Amazing experience! The theatre is at "23 rue de la Huchette" in the Latin quarter. You can even enjoy some pancakes from Brittany in a restaurant nearby afterwards.
23 rue de la Huchette, in the Latin quarter.
Deep deep into the Bois De Boulogne, so deep in fact that when you ask a taxi driver to take you there, he does not know what you are talking about, is a secret garden.
A garden exclusively inhabited by flowers and plants depicted from the heights of British literature. For here is the Jardin de Shakespeare. A fenced-off and beautiful garden, in which you will find only plants mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Shouldn't this garden be in somewhere in Regent's Park? Well no, because it's in Paris and more.
During the summer month on the natural stage at the end of the garden, companies come to perform repertories from The Complete Works in French and in English with French subtitles. Maybe we should do the same for Alexandre Dumas in Regent's Park?!
Visit one of the greatest theatres - Le Theatre du Soleil. It's on the outskirts of Paris, and just getting there and being there is an experience.
The plays are avant garde and after being there you feel like you've become part of a Parisian secret. Not to be missed!
London's loss is Paris's gain. Peter Brook, perhaps the finest theatre director in the world, runs this extraordinary theatre, one of the most beautifully dilapidated buildings in Paris. Now in his eighties, it is worth catching one of his shows whilst he is still at the height of his powers.
37 bis, Bd de la Chapelle 75010; Nearest Metro: La Chapelle
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