Théatre des Variétés
Open since 1807, the Théâtre des Variétés is one of the oldest theaters in Paris and a designated historical monument. Plays shown here range from French classics such as Molière’s plays to contemporary favorites such asAladdin andZorro. Esteemed French director Jean-Manuel Bajen has been the theater's director since 2005.
With 300 plush velvet seats and a dramatic balcony, the interiors of Théâtre des Variétés are decorated with rich red velvets, Corinthian pillars, and opulent chandeliers. In addition to shows, the theater also offers classes and workshops to those looking to improve their acting skills. Tickets to shows can be purchased online at the theater’s website.
Things to Know Before You Go
Théâtre des Variétés is a must-visit for lovers of the dramatic arts.
The theater is wheelchair-accessible.
The theater requests that you arrive 30 minutes before the curtain rises if you have tickets in hand, 45 minutes if you need to pick up tickets at the theater.
Eating and drinking in the theater is prohibited.
How to Get There
Théâtre des Variétés is within walking distance of many hotels and major attractions, including the Louvre. To access the theater via Paris Metro, disembark at either Grands Boulevards or Richelieu-Drouot, both of which are on lines 8 and 9. Parking is available at Bourse or Drouot parking center.
When to Get There
Starting times for productions at Théâtre des Variétés vary, so check before you go. The box office is open from 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.
Other Nearby Theaters
Théâtre des Variétés is ideally placed for arts lovers who want to visit more historic theaters. The Theater of the New (Théâtre des Nouveautés), National Comic Opera Theater (Théâtre National de l'Opéra Comique), and Royal Palace Theater (Théâtre du Palais-Royal) are all within a few minutes’ walking distance. You’ll also find a wide selection of restaurants for a postshow meal.
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