Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris Puppet Theatre in Paris
The Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris is actually a puppet theatre in Paris that have always been a popular tourist attraction for many years, and this particular one is located within the Parc Montsouris Park.
About the Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris
Guignols are also known as Marionettes in French and these are traditional puppet theatres in Paris that delight children and their parents alike, often as a reminder of their own childhood.
Now this particular puppet theatre was based upon the Theatre du Luxembourg and was first created in 1982, yet in 1990, the Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris was completely renovated with the actual stage scene part of the theatre now allowing for a change of scenery quickly.
In addition to this, the room itself now has a capacity of 100 seats for each performance and the room is also heated in winter, plus the production company creates an entirely new show each year, always paying particular attention to the importance of puppet manipulation, the staging and the costumes.
Each of these live shows only lasts for around 35 minutes without an intermission and are based on a repertoire drawn from tales of famous writers such as Jules Verne, Perrault and Grimm etc, but this does mean that it is great for young children who often have a short attention span.
And even if you do not know French, you can soon get the gist of when to shout, cheer or boo, just like you may remember from the old fashioned Punch and Judy shows, yet in our opinion with much more flair.
Access to the Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris Puppet Theatre in Paris
The Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris is located in the 14th Arrondissement of Paris within the Parc Montsouris, and hence the name of this puppet theatre, and they hold shows on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, on National French holidays and during French school holidays.
It is actually situated by the lake in this park in Paris close to the gates and the entrance on the corner of Avenue Reille and the Rue Gazan, and as of 2013, the cost of entry is only around €3, and as tradition goes, you will normally hear a bell prior to the next show starting. But if you want to get a better idea of the programme or exactly what times, then you can contact the Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris via telephone for the most up to date information.
Now when it comes to reaching the park, where you can also enjoy the wildlife and different birds on the lake, have a picnic, play games or admire the many different statues plus let your children have fun at the playground or theatre, then you would need the Cite Universitaire stop if you are travelling on the RER train. However, the nearest Metro station is called the Glaciere on line 6, yet the buses numbered 21 and 88 will also get you close by.
More information and attractions at Parc Montsouris
- Parc Montsouris Park in Paris
Address and Contact Details
Theatre de Guignol du Parc Montsouris
2 Rue Gazan
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 63 08 09
Tourist attractions close by
- Place Denfert-Rochereau
- Catacombes de Paris
- Bibliotheque Paul-Marmottan
- Gare Denfert-Rochereau
- Square Abbe Migne
- Barriere d’Enfer Buildings
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