English language live theater is naturally a rare bird on the Cote d’Azur, but if you know where to look for it, you can find performances several times a year.
The highly esteemed Theatre National de Nice (TNN) often features English-language works, just click on the link for the latest program and look for titles in English, or anything dance.
The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco usually features one splashy big-budget English-language musical per year, and tickets range from 39€ to 69€. Previous years have included Dirty Dancing, The Bodyguard, West Side Story, and Annie – The Musical. Also anything by the esteemed dance company Ballets de Monte-Carlo is in the universal language, and they usually do two productions a year.
The Nice Opera occasionally has operas in English as well, British composer Benjamin Britten is a particular favorite. The regular operas often have electronic subtitles, so check with the ticket office to see if by chance an Italian opera, say, might be subtitled in both French and English…
The Anthea theater in Antibes is another great venue for the occasional English language production, especially as they are surrounded by towns with a healthy British population.
The motto of the South of France English Theatre Company (SET) is “Bringing the West End to the Cote d’Azur”… and to that end they produce community theater productions of well-known rom-coms, mysteries, and musicals, and then tour them up and down the Riviera (Nice, Antibes, Monaco, Valbonne, Cannes…) They will literally be coming soon to a theater near you!
Every once in a while, the British Invasion Comedy Club bring a UK stand up comedy review to tour to the French Riviera. Follow their Facebook page and jump on the tickets when the shows are announced, as they play in small pub venues and the tickets sell out fast.
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