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“Anything You Want” is everything I wanted (French theater, English sub!)

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What: French theatre play with English surtitles. Romantic comedy starring Bérénice Bejo and Stéphane De Groodt

Where: Théâtre Édouard VII, 10 Édouard VII Square, 75009 Paris

Plot: From the moment successful author Lucie finally became happy, she’s had terrible writer’s block. In the past, she had only ever written about her troubles and ever since finding happiness she’s lost all inspiration. If only someone could just make her a little sad for a while. Fortunately, life is unfair, and the arrival of Thomas – her new neighbor – is about to change everything.

About the actors:

Franco-Belgian, Brussels born actor Stéphane De Groodt is mostly known as the creator of the series “file dans ta chambre” but has also had a lot of supporting acts and guest roles in movies and TV-shows, including “Asterix at the Olympic Games”(2008) and “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia”(2012). This talented actor wasn’t always an actor, though. Before starting his acting career, he was, in fact,  a professional racing driver!

Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires and is the daughter of Argentinian filmmaker Miguel Bejo. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 90’s, with various roles in French television and film production. Her Hollywood-debut was in 2001’s “A Knight’s tale” but it was the award-winning movie “The Artist” that gained her international recognition. Bejo herself was nominated as Best Supporting Actress of the Year at the Golden Globes and the Oscars!

My Review of the Show: If you love French comedy, you’ll love this one. The lines are sharp and witty, and the characters are impossible not to fall in love with. Bejo does a great job playing Lucie, the depressed writer who refers to herself as damaged goods. De Groodt makes an excellent “annoying” yet caring and positive-minded neighbor. These two characters are the complete opposites and disagree on…mostly everything. The dialogues are hilarious and the chemistry between the actors is perfect. I laughed from the very first line until the very end of the show. Honestly, I hope someone will eventually turn this play into a movie. I give it a 5 out of 5!

About the theater: 

Théâtre Edouard VII is located in Paris between the Madeleine and the Opéra Garnier in the 9th arrondissement. The theater was first opened by the English King Edward VII, as a performance hall in the early 20th century. It was first opened as a cinema and shortly after converted into a theater. The theater is supposedly haunted by Orson Welles. I can reassure you, I didn’t see him when I was there. At least I don’t think I did…

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Theatre in Paris – The Authentic Parisian Night Out

“Break the language barrier and experience French theatre like a local”. The company Theatre in Paris offers you selected plays from the Paris theater season with English surtitles. Now you and your expat friends or partner, travel buddies or family members who don’t speak French, can all enjoy fantastic French plays in gorgeous theaters like this one!

Before the show started, we were given a quick presentation of the show, the actors and the history of the theater, by a lovely English speaking hostess. She suggested following the company on social media for updates on the latest theater news –  and upcoming social events!

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and enjoy a fabulous evening at a Parisian theater  – without barriers.

(although tickets were complimentary, all opinions in this review remain my own)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 comments on ““Anything You Want” is everything I wanted (French theater, English sub!)

  1. Sounds like an interesting play! Fingers crossed it is turned into a movie, would love to watch 🙂 Great post!

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  2. The theater building looks really nice! Reminds me to the ones in Budapest!

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  3. This is such a great idea! Going to the theater when traveling is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture and to try and understand the local sense of humor (which isn’t always easy)!

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  4. What a cool idea! I would never dream of seeing live theater in Paris since I do not speak French, but now I know that there is actually an option out there. Sounds like it was a lot of fun to see.

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  5. Really like your idea of getting a feel of the local culture this way. By the way, beautiful pictures. I like the grand theater. I wont mind sitting here for sometime even if the play was not that great 🙂

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  6. I never would’ve thought to attend French theatre since I don’t really speak French, but it’s a really good idea! I would love to do it just for the experience, and the theatre looks beautiful. I’d imagine it’s a great way to practice your French as well.

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  7. ilive4travel

    I think it would be an interesting experience, but good if you had french friends and didn’t want to miss a night out. Am not sure if I would see much of the play as I would be busy reading the subtitles!!! Great concept though 🙂

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  8. This sounds so fun!!! I’ve never been to the theater in Paris. I’m thinking about going to Paris next month, I’ll have to check this out if I do!

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  9. Kristine, this is an amazing piece; we are so thrilled that you had a great time! Please come back soon, and thank you so very much for the article 🙂

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