The Folies Bergère : the birthplace of Music-hall
This theater from 1860 is the symbol of Parisian life and the French culture of amusement. It has seen the birth of Music-hall which puts women at the heart of the show and enhances the costumes, decors and staging effects.
The stage witnessed the early success of Josephine Baker, whose famous “Danse Sauvage” performed in a skirt of bananas earned her the title of “most sensational woman ever seen”. Charlie Chaplin set foot on stage a few years later, when his first sound film, City Lights, was released. Today, the shows embrace modernity in the same baroque decoration and gildings.
8 rue Saulnier 75009 Paris - 5 minutes’ walk from Maison Mère
Théâtre des Nouveautés : the hilarious rebel
Since 1827, a tumultuous story has shaken the Théâtre des Nouveautés, this stronghold of vaudevilles and comic operas. After closing for censorship issues, it blossomed thanks to great comedians. There, Feydeau created his play The Free Exchange Hotel, a succession of quiproquos between a couple during a night at the hotel.
24 boulevard Poissonnière 75009 Paris - 11 minutes’ walk from Maison Mère