Théâtre de La Huchette Paris

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Théâtre de La Huchette – Spectacle Ionesco

The Théâtre de La Huchette in Paris’ quartier latin is one of those places that sat on my “to do” list for nearly too long for me to admit. I will, nevertheless – for the sake of actually telling the story of how I discovered it – tell you: my high school French literature teacher told us about it in class when we were studying Ionesco. If that sounds like a ridiculous amount of time to wait, well, it is…

Home to what is known as the “Spectacle Ionesco”, the self-proclaimed “smallest of the big theatres” holds a Guinness World Record for having hosted performances of the famous Romanian playwright’s two plays – The Bald Soprano and The Lesson – back to back, every Wednesday to Saturday evenings, without interruption since 1957 (let’s just say the pandemic doesn’t count…). Despite only having 97 seats, the theatre has welcomed over 2 million spectators, including Edith Piaf.

However, it wasn’t always all sunshine and roses for Ionesco. Although his plays are now a roaring success and are known as two classics of the “theatre of the absurd” genre, he had a bit of a rocky start. The plays were first played at the Théâtre de La Huchette in 1952 for a mere three months, before being picked up again indefinitely five years later.

Having seen only The Lesson, I thoroughly enjoyed it! And if you don’t speak any French, do not despair, English subtitles are provided every Wednesday!

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Address

23, rue de La Huchette, Paris

Telephone number

+33143263899

Opening Times

Wed - Sat 19:00 - 21:00

Price

Ticket prices: € 27.99

Website

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