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Theatres in République and Oberkampf

Where to catch a shot of culture in one of the city's liveliest neighbourhoods

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Time Out editors

More usually known for its drinking culture, the Oberkampf area also hosts some fine theatres and cultural centres. From converted industrial buildings now humming with artistic communities to a classic children's circus, let us guide you around the more cerebral delights of République and Oberkampf.

Theatres and arts centres in République and Oberkampf

Maison des Métallos
  • Theatre
  • Private theatres
  • Folie-Méricourt
What was once the HQ of France’s metallurgy union is now a hotbed of culture offering gallery and performance space to both up-and-coming and confirmed artists...
A la Folie Théâtre
  • Theatre
  • Saint-Ambroise
  • price 2 of 4
Halfway between Bastille and République, A la Folie Théâtre was established in a former printer’s in 1990. A friendly neighbourhood outfit, the bill is eclectic, covering classical repertoire as well as contemporary texts, comedy and serious theatre...
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • République
  • price 3 of 4
Lady Gaga played in this Art Déco style music hall before she was famous, and now streams of artists (both up-and-coming and confirmed) grace the stage for concerts that include pop-rock, slam, chanson française and a sprinkling of jazz and heavy metal...
Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione
  • Nightlife
  • Cabaret and burlesque
  • Folie-Méricourt
  • price 2 of 4
This circus has been in the same family for decades. It now has a new façade to match its revamped interior, and crowds flock for its twice-yearly seasons (including the Winter Circus from October to March) which include tigers, horses and very silly clowns.
Ménagerie de Verre
  • Theatre
  • Saint-Ambroise
  • price 1 of 4
La Ménagerie de Verre is an edgy multidisciplinary arts centre (set in a former printing works), rooted in the avant-garde, with performances that mix theatre, dance, video and contemporary art...
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