Theatre in Paris Completes €100,000 ‘Love Money’ Funding to Expand Its Surtitled Shows

Enjoyed the acclaimed performance by feisty Gérard Depardieu in the (dubbed/subtitled) film version? Now drop in to see Cyrano de Bergerac at Théâtre le Ranelagh in Paris where English surtitles mean you won’t lose the plot.

Inspired by the long tradition of French cinemas offering VO films (movies in their original language but subtitled) THEATRE IN PARIS one year ago launched a similar service for non-French speaking theatre buffs.

Today the company announced it has just completed a first round of funding — 100,000 euros in “love money” — from private investors that will allow the start-up to expand its surtitled French theatre project.

The firm says that since April 2014, THEATRE IN PARIS has enabled theatre-goers from more than 45 nationalities to discover the treasures of France’s theatrical heritage, and experience authentic entertainment at the heart of the Parisian cultural lifestyle.

The company’s exclusive surtitle service is coupled with a personal welcome in English and to date over the first 12 months, five high-quality shows have been presented in original French to these multi lingual audiences. They include famous classics (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Marriage of Figaro), to modern hit comedies (Around the World in 80 Days, A Farewell Dinner), and even musical theatre (The Magic Flute).

Watch the Cyrano de Bergerac film trailer:

The service offers international theatre-goers a flavour of a true night out in Paris in the company of local audiences at five legendary theatres across the capital (Théâtre Michel, Théâtre des Variétés, Théâtre du Splendid, Théâtre Le Ranelagh, Théâtre Édouard VII).

“After having surtitled 150 performances in the first season, THEATRE IN PARIS is beginning a new development phase, initiated by a large increase in performances offered from September 2015. This first round of funding marks one year since the launch that enabled us to start providing our service for non-French speaking audiences,” says Carl de Poncins, president of THEATRE IN PARIS, “We plan to go much further, because we believe French theatre allows international visitors to discover a side of France hidden for far too long.”

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