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Contrary to popular belief, the Paris theatre scene isn’t all songbook chansons and scantily clad dancers. So for the second year running, the Showtime in Paris initiative aims to bust that cliché once again – by offering a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer on 40 plays and live shows that range from Molière’s The Miser to Canadian rap, equestrian circus to Chicago The Musical.
Spread over two weeks, from February 25 to March 10, the shows will take place across 25 of the city’s most striking concert halls and theatres, including Jean Nouvel’s glinting Philarmonie de Paris, atmospheric jazz club New Morning, and – yes – the Moulin Rouge. And whether it’s the evening of Shostakovich, Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac or some massive dinosaurs invading a big top, all tastes really are being catered to.
At a relatively quiet time of year, it’s a great way to discover the capital and enjoy some culture away from home. Crucially, there’s no language barrier, as the shows are all either in English, surtitled or can be easily understood by non-French speakers. But be quick – just over 5,000 tickets are available through Showtime this year, so you’ll have to hurry to get your mitts on the very best.
Tickets go on sale from January 7, via the Showtime in Paris website. The initiative is a collaboration between Atout France and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.