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Cirque d'hiver Bouglione

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
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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...
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L’Alhambra
  • 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.
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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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