Le Lapin Agile, Paris
One of my favorite well my only one of all the live theater shows in Paris, maybe the less sumptous but the most original for my Parisien tastes. Open every day except Mondays from 21h to 01h.
a long history!
It is in the upper part of Montmartre that is built in 1795 the building which will house the Lapin Agile, which becomes, around 1860, a ro-ro Inn called au rendez-vous thieves ( a meeting place of thieves) .From 1869, he takes the name of Cabaret of Assassins (cabaret of assassins), because it hang on its wall prints representative of famous murderers, Ravaillac to Troppmann .Between 1879 and 1880, the owner entrusts to the caricaturist André Gill, familiar places, making a sign; It painted a rabbit wearing a green frock coat and a red scarf from the pot that it was intended: the cabaret became known as the rabbit of Gill, soon transformed into lapin Agile. The rabbit of the sign would actually be a transposed self-portrait of the cartoonist, who had participated in the commission (it was part of the Commission of artists), but had managed to escape the repression that followed. In September 1883 gogetter, poet and croony of Montmartre Jules Jouy found the pension of soups and beef known as the Cabaret des Assassins. Purchased in 1886 by a former cancan dancer, Adèle Decerf (nicknamed "mother Adèle"). The singer Aristide Bruant is also a regular, and he brings Toulouse-Lautrec and Courteline. At the beginning of the 20th century, "mother Adèle" resells cabaret at Berthe Sébource, who settled there in the company of his daughter, Marguerite Luc (nicknamed "Margot", and future wife of Pierre Mac Orlan.) They are joined in 1903 by Frédéric Gérard (1860-1938), said "the father Frede", thanks to which the Lapin Agile will become a must-see of the artistic Bohemian Montmartre .
The Lapin Agile once more gains its status as a meeting place for writers and artists of the avant-garde, even if every year the day of the inauguration of the Salon d'Automne, painters have usually end the evening at the Lapin Agile: the centre of gravity of the establishment moved to Montparnasse, just as it would move to Saint-Germain-des-Prés after the end of the second World War. In 1922, Aristide Bruant resells the cabaret at "Paulo", the son of Frédéric Gérard to whom he taught singing . Under his leadership, "vigils", formerly informal and more or less improvised, are now organized, artists chosen by the new boss... and paid. Some of them are even welcomed as "residents" of the cabaret.Main performers who officiate at the Lapin Agile during the in-between war include Edmar, Jack mirrors, Jean Clément, and the female dancers, Rina Ketty and Yvonne Darle, who would become the wife of Paulo. The Lapin Agile is also proud to have as guest Pierre Brasseur, Georges Simenon, as well as American passage celebrities in Paris, such as Rudolph Valentino, Vivien Leigh, and Charlie Chaplin .
The Lapin Agile continues both although poorly its activities during the Occupation, and again after 1945 a meeting place and a springboard for artists: this is that in 1947 guitarist Alexandre Lagoya made the acquaintance of Leo Ferré and in 1955 Claude Nougaro made his first appearances on stage, as a poet first, and then as a singer.In 1972, Paulo Gérard yields management of cabaret to his stepson Yves Mathieu who is still the owner: "vigils" are still held, during which singers and comedians played.
A magnificent place at a cult place n Montmartre. One of the highlights of your visit to Paris.
Dress Code: casual nice,no ties but jackets ok. jeans ok but no sneakers.
Au Lapin Agile is a cabaret where old French songs are being performed.
Get ready for a trip to the Edith Piaf times.
Dine before the show at an adjacent restaurant.
Entrance: Euro 24,-- (Adult); 1 drink included.
Cabaret and chanson singing! This is one cabaret in Paris where you'll feel comfortable bringing the kidlets. Unlike the Moulin Rouge, the Lido Club or the Crazy Horse this is no cabaret with nudity. Instead they specialize in chanson (old French songs) sing-a-longs incorporating a humorous cabaret style.
Incidentally, Picasso's painting of the place sold for close to $50 million USD in the '80s (you may now see this painting in NYC's Metropolitan Museum).
Au Lapin Agile marks its presence in the classic Paris Blues starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll. In the film, you see one couple walking up rue des Saules while another is walking along rue St-Vincent and they meet up on the corner!
Another artist closely associated with the Lapin Agile is Maurice Utrillo, Montmartre's bad-boy alcoholic painter & son of artists' model Suzanne Valadon, buried across the way in the nearby Cimètiere St-Vincent, close enough to still enjoy the music!
24€/person - includes show & 1 drink
17€/person - student pricing except for Saturday/holidays
7€ - additional optional alcoholic drink
6€ - additional optional non-alcoholic drink
Dress Code: No discernable dress code but I'd at least go with dressy casual.
Photos: November 2007 & April 2003
The Cabaret Lapin Agile is in the Montmartre district of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine River, near the famous church of Sacre Couer.
A 'cabaret' is a drinking place that features music, dancing, and group singing.
A cafe, by contrast, is considered a meeting place for the exchange of social and intellectual information.
Since the Lapin Agile is located at the heart of the Montmartre part of Paris (the heart of artistic Paris at the turn of the 20th century), there was much discussion at the cabaret about "the meaning of art".
The Lapin Agile was also popular with shady Montmartre characters including pimps, eccentrics, simple down-and-outers, students from the Latin Quarter, a contingent of local anarchists, and a sprinkling of well-heeled bourgeois out on a lark.
Pablo Picasso's 1905 oil painting "At the Lapin Agile" helped to make this cabaret world famous.
The cabaret was often captured on canvas by another artist also, Maurice Utrillo.
Founded in 1860, Le Lapin Agile is housed in a small cottage behind a row of trees.
Many people still frequent this cabaret, sitting at wooden tables where decades' worth of initials have been carved into the surfaces.
Located in a stone building on the steep and cobbled Rue des Saules, the cabaret presents visitors with French songs dating back as far as the 15th century.
It was formerly known as the Cabaret des Assassins.
The current name is a pun, derived from a sign painted by the humorist Andre Gill.
His painting of a rabbit escaping form a pot was originally Lapin (rabbit) a Gill -- painted by Gill and as if in a sauce by Gill. Later the name was modified to become Lapin Agile (the nimble rabbit). Some sources even refer to the tavern as "Lapina Gill."
OPEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Admission: (was) 90 francs
Closed on Mondays
METRO : Lamarck Caulaincourt
Edith Piaf lives (sort of..)
I was lucky enough to be there around harvest time at the rue des Saules vineyard.
Thirza Vallois has more excellent info as usual.
French songs from 9PM to 2AM.
Price : 24 € (including the 1st drink)
Following drinks : +7 € & 6 €
Students : 17 €
Close on Monday
Dress Code: No dress code here.
Only the history of the cabaret.
It exists since 1860. Its first name was the "Cabaret des Assassins" because of a painting showing a murder of a serial killer : Troppman.
In 1880, it was named "Le lapin Agile" (The Agile Rabbit) as a joke because the painter, Gill, made a picture on the wall with a rabbit leaping from a saucepan and it was said : it is "le lapin à Gill" (Gill's rabbit). A copy of the painting is still in exibit.
Roland Dorgeles and his friends set up here a huge trick.
They tied a brush to the tail of a donkey which realized some modern paintings (especially, A Sunset on the Adriatic) and they sold them as made by a new painter : BORONALI (the anagram of Aliboron, the name of the donkey).
The specialized critics found the work "very interesting".
Here, Picasso paid a lunch with the "Arlequin". You would pay less.
Traditional french singers
Dress Code: No jeans
Reservation is preferable,
because it's always full.