The Bottom Line
- Legendary cabaret with throwback ambiance
- Historic venue features unique, classic Paris decor
- Quality programming
- Full drink menu and nibbles
- Orchestra seating slightly cramped
- For good views, more expensive seats are in order
- Address: 32 Rue Richer, 9th arrondissement
- Metro: Grands Boulevards or Cadet
Bus: Faubourg Montmartre (bus 67 or 74); Cadet (26-32-43- 49 or 42)
- Reservations: By telephone -- call (+33) 0892 68 16 50 or reserve online. Scroll down the web page to select desired show.
- Open: Hours vary according to showtimes. See program for more details (in French).
- Drinks: Service at bar and at orchestra tables. Beer, wine, champagne, mixed drinks. Snacks are also available.
- Capacity:1,679 seats
Guide Review - Les Folies Bergère Classic Paris Cabaret
What Better Than Cabaret?My first encounter with Les Folies Bergère was for the occasion of the French re-imagining of Cabaret, the smash Broadway musical. I was only familiar with the 1972 film starring Liza Minnelli, so I was eager to see what kind of sparks a New-York conceived show about the free-spirited underground Berlin of the 1920's and early 30's, performed in one of Paris' most fitting venues, would generate. I wasn't disappointed.
The AmbianceWalking into Les Folies Bergère, one feels transported to a less gleaming, artistically rough-around-the-edges Paris-- the one tourists come in droves to find (but usually end up at Starbucks). The decor is a far cry from the posh theaters near the Opéra Garnier or the classic Comédie Française: garish wall paintings and faux gold borders make the ambiance nearly circusy; this is a theater of the people, designed for underground, often bawdy acts. Pretension has no place here.
We're escorted to our seats at the upper end of the orchestra, which has been set up to resemble a cabaret. We're seated at round tables with small red lamps. The mood is perfect for the ensuing show.