Puppets And Marionettes In Paris

Gignol-Theatre de Guignol on the Champs-Elysees-puppet showChildren may not understand French, but visual art is multi-lingual.

Below is a list of ideas for Marionnettes, Guignols, Theatre, Magic and Circus. Some theaters close for the winter. For additional information on these entertainment venues, buy either of two weekly, small-format magazines at any newsstand: l’Officiel des spectacles or Pariscope. I recommend th l’Officiel (website). Pariscope is available on Twitter @Pariscope.

Under the heading “pour les jeunes” in l’Officiel des spectacles, the categories are:
-classic plays
-other spectacles (theatre)
-talks and workshops
-marionnettes/guignols
-circus
-zoos/aquariums
-theme parks

Use Google Translate for translations into English of the following Web sites. The Paris mayor’s office has a few guignol/marionette/puppet shows listed with details in English.

GUIGNOLS AND MARIONNETTES AND PUPPETS
Théâtre de Guignol aux Champs-Elysées
Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays
During school vacations, every day
Hours: 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Along the Champs-Elysées at the “rond-point” (corner of avenues Matignon and Gabriel), Paris 8th
Open-air; under a tarp in case of rain
Metro: Line 1 or 9 (Champs-Elysées Clemenceau or Franklin Roosevelt)
Bus: 28, 32, 42, 49, 52, 73, 80, 82, 93
Call or write: 01 42 45 38 30 (theatreguignol@wanadoo.fr)

Le Mouffetard
Watch the fantastic Le Mouffetard video
Metro Line 7: Place Monge or Censier-Daubenton, Line 10: Cardinal Lemoine
RER B – Luxembourg (à 15 min à pied)
Bus 27 – Censier
Bus  47 – Place Monge
Bus 83  or 91 – Les Gobelins
Noctilien N15 / N22- Place Monge

Guignol de Paris (Parc des Buttes-Chaumont)
enter at the angle of Simon-Bolivar and rue Botzaris (75019)
Metro: Buttes Chaumont
Open in the winter
40 minutes for children one to eight; ticket office opens ten minutes before the show.
Indoors and heated during the winter. The website has the programmes dates and times.

Théâtre de Guignol au Parc Floral
Open-air theater open all year round
March to Christmas (except school holidays): Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Vacation hours: February and Easter school holidays, Autumn-November 1 (Toussaint) and Christmas:
Every day: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Summer (July and August): Every day (except Monday) 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Call or write: 01 49 23 94 37
info@guignol-parcfloral.com
Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12th
Main entrance behind the esplanade of the Château de Vincennes
Metro: Line 1 (Château de Vincennes)
Bus : 46 or 112 (Parc Floral)

Marionnettes du Parc Montsouris
Shows Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays and school holidays.
Indoors and heated in winter.
Show lasts 35-40 minutes
23 bis avenue Reille, Paris 14th
Enter at the corner of avenue Reille and rue Gazan
Tel: 01 46 63 08 09

Marionnettes du Luxembourg
Their marionette shows are on Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays all year round.
They advise that you arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of the show if you want a good spot.
The show lasts about forty minutes, strollers wait outside in a protected area near the entrance.
The theater is located next to the playground closest to rue Guynemer.
RER B Luxembourg
Bus: 83, 89, 38, 85
Metro: Line 4: Vavin, Line 12: Notre-Dame des Champs

Théatre de Marionnettes du Parc Georges Brassens
Philippe Casidomus, Marionnettiste
in Paris since 1987
Wednesday (3 pm and 4:30 pm), Saturday and Sunday (3:30 pm and 4:30 pm) and everyday during school vacations (3 pm and 4:30 pm)
87, rue de Brancion 75015 (map and information) http://www.marionnettes-parc-brassens.fr/accueil.html
Bus 89, 95, Tram: T3, Metro: Line 13 Porte de Vanve
Telephone 01 48 42 51 80
m.parcbrassens@free.fr

Guignols-puppets at Jardin du Luxembourg

Guignols-puppets at Jardin du Luxembourg

Théâtre Guignol AnatolePetits Bouffons de Paris
Hours: Open April to the end of October (sometimes they have performances in March if the weather is good)
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris 19th
Entrance in front of the Mairie du 19ème (mayor’s office in the 19th arrondissement)
Metro: Line 5 (Laumière)
Bus 48, 60, 75
Cal or write: 01 40 30 97 60 (contact@nospam.com)

MAGIC
l’Antre Magique
Hours: 2:30 p.m. “The World of Magic with Mysteriousss”- Show lasts one hour
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays
Metro: Line 12 (Saint Georges)
50 rue Saint-Georges Paris 9th
01 39 68 20 20

CIRCUS
Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann 112 rue de la Haie-Coq 75019
Tel: 01 64 05 36 25
Cirque National Alexis Gruss 
41 avenue Corentin-Cariou 75019
Tel: 01 40 36 08 00
Cirque d’HiverCirque Bouglione

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  6 comments for “Puppets And Marionettes In Paris

  1. Mary Jane
    May 30, 2013 at 01:02

    Hello Colleen…is there a shop in Paris somewhere that sells puppets and marionettes?

  2. July 8, 2010 at 11:36

    Hi Lydie, Thank you! Colleen

  3. Lydie
    June 29, 2010 at 16:05

    Love your list and just recommended it to my FB page followers: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Travel-is-More-Fun-with-Kids/38354627103?ref=ts

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  5. June 7, 2010 at 14:15

    Hi Sandy – I am so glad that you enjoyed the article and video. Before you come, check out l’Officiel on line. Use Google Translate because their pages are in French. And refer to my l’Officiel blog entry that will help you with translations when you buy this weekly magazine in Paris. Bon voyage! Colleen

  6. Sandy
    June 2, 2010 at 04:53

    I loved this! We’re taking our granddaughter, who will be 6 at the time, to Paris in the spring of 2011. She will love looking at the pictures of marionnettes and other wonderful things for children that Paris has to offer!

    Sandy

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