Folies-Bergere
Folies-Bergere
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This performance center was once the headquarters of legendary entertainers Edith Pilaf and Josephine Baker.
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we2brits
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
Oct 2012 • Family
I was thrilled to have front row seats on the balcony for a performance by The Trocks. We were somewhat disappointed by the run-down appearance of the theatre but had a great evening.
Staff were helpful but expected substantial tips; there appeared to be only one toilet and thiis was shared by men and women.
Written October 26, 2012
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Laura C
Portsmouth, UK44 contributions
Mar 2019
We decided to get last minute cheap €30 tickets and were thrilled to be seated seven rows from the front in the stalls!

The entrance foyer is well dressed with all things Jean Paul Gaultier.

The show was really entertaining, a mix between a fashion, dance and singing show. The actors/actresses were mesmerising and put on a good show for the audience.

We were a bit nervous about not being able to understand the storyline but it was fine, they had a few lines in English and some subtitles in the background.

Overall, really glad we decided to take a punt and would recommend it!
Written March 27, 2019
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
For such a famous venue there isn't much reference to it's illustrious history once you are inside. The lobby is pretty grand, with blue and gold decoration, huge chandeliers and a selection of costumes on display. There are more costumes and props on the balcony level. The art deco façade of the building dates to 1927 and is a relief of the dancer Lila Nickolska. She was in the film 'La Revue des revues' with Josephine Baker. It is a very small intimate venue and the seats are a bit cramped. A French custom which I wasn't prepared for is that ushers show you to your seat and then wait for a small change tip. It is slightly awkward if you don't have coins ready.
Written October 8, 2014
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Guy T
London, UK54 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We left at half time this was so bad, first time we have ever done this, and I have sat through some real rubbish!

Firstly we paid 59 euros for seats which had a restricted view and this wasn’t noted in the booking process. There are four ticket prices and these were second cheapest. Highest 110 euros... that really is a joke.

Then we were subjected to a half-arsed show of a standard you’d get at a holiday camp. This is a show worth about 20 euros max. The staging is cheap, the production value is low. The profit levels must be through the roof!

JPG should be ashamed ripping off his fans like this. Not like he needs more money....

Really bad. Do not go. Unless you are a devoted fan of JPG and are happy to put up with the rubbish standard and to fill his pockets.
Written February 23, 2019
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John B
Bristol, UK39 contributions
Jun 2013
We got tickets for one of the four-seat boxes on the day at the kiosk in Place Madelaine - just over 37 Euro each. Much more comfortable than adjoining stalls looked.
The show - Salut Les Copains - based on 50s/ 60s music and culture was super entertaining for us anglophones even though mostly in French. 5 Euros for glass of interval wine quite reasonable considering Manet once painted the bar scene. We loved it.
Written June 6, 2013
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gaycoupleSuffolk
Suffolk80 contributions
Booked to see the musical "ZORRO" during our stay in Paris in February - the venue is very very tired and in need of some "tlc" and money spending on it to bring it upto acceptable standards if it is still to be used as a commercial venue, which is so sad when you appreciate its history.
The actual musical was exceptionally well produced, with excellent singing, accoustic guitar and an amazing flamenco chorus and special effects.
Be warned when booking that due to the nature of the venue there are many pillars, posts and overhangs that obstruct viewing - many couples on Valentines day sat with massive post between them! The seating is very dated and literally as old as the building with likewise the carpeting, lighting and overall decor very tired, it actually felt very grubby.
On a positive note the staff were very helpful but the whole experience was a real disapointment - the heating was non existent and most of the audience wore their coats throughout the show, having said that it was -6 outside!
Having been to a show at La Lido there is no comparison - having spoken to some French visitors, they say that the Folies Bergere stopped being a musical hall/burlesque venue a while ago as it cannot compete with the likes of the Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse etc so now just acts as a venue for musicals/theatre.
Written February 23, 2010
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Patrick M
Anna Bay, Australia23 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Gospel show cancelled only a couple days before we were due to arrive in Paris. Email them on 2 occasions that because of travelling commitment could not attend any other dates and requested a refund. so far nothing not even a response.
Beware if booking for overseas extremely difficult to contact them.
Written October 27, 2015
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David B
Baghdad, Iraq24 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
It was pretty much cramped, if in Paris definitely worth a visit for the show alone. Getting a professional photographer to take your group picture is a nice touch and worth the additional expense. Service was very slow, apart from that an enjoyable evening. The queue to enter can be off putting however it moves quite quickly.
Written August 13, 2014
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Bob M
Houston, TX92 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
We saw a great show, Tap Dogs, at the Folies but were attracted to the venue by its renowned reputation for entertainment. It is a pretty pathetic place now. It has definitely not been updated probably for 40 years, with stained carpets, peeling ceilings and crumbling entry doors. The venue was staffed by young ushers who did not seem to know what they were doing and could not supply any useful information about show time or seat location, etc. The restrooms were ridiculously small so that even the men had to form a line to get in.

We had paid for 2nd row excellent loge seats. The chairs were old and uncomfortable. Fortunately they could be moved and the first row attendees accommodated us by moving out of our view (squeezing themselves together uncomfortably) otherwise our 12 year old grandson would not have even been able to see the stage.

While the show was great, the hall is just a shadow of its former self.
Written May 19, 2014
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Melanie B
Paris, France123 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
As you enter this old theater constructed in 1870 you go through the most elaborate lobby imaginable. The grand staircase and chandelier are worth the trip, along with the blue enameled walls. The theater itself was once quite grand I am sure, but less investment shows here. Very old seats, poles blocking the view - not quite what you might expect for the price.
Pilobus was the entertainment and it was worth any discomfort. Such a tiny stage and yet the dancing, story telling and entertainment were all at a very high level. Definitely worth seeing.
Written April 15, 2013
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