English Live Theatre on the Cote d’Azur

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 Grimaldi Forum in Monaco takes the lead here, featuring several splashy big-budget English-language musicals per year, and for the 2023/24 season it’s West Side Story in October, Madagascar the Musical December 1-3,  The Blues Brothers on May 3, 2023, and the 2024/25 season kicks off with Mamma Mia! October 9-13, 2024.

The Opera de Monte-Carlo is presenting a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera from December 16-31, 2023.  Then at the end of the season, John Malkovich and Cecilia Bartoli will perform the world premiere of Their Master’s Voice for one night only on April 7, 2024.

And of course you will be able to follow anything by the esteemed dance company Ballets de Monte-Carlo, and they usually do two productions a year.

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.  For 2023/24 they have a November performance of Shakespeare’s Richard II, and lots and lots of dance and choreography.

Live Theater in Nice

For live theater of a different sort, the new Bobar Comedy Club in Old Nice has twice-monthly stand-up comedy shows in English on alternate Sundays called ‘Spill the Tea’.  27 rue Benoit Bunico, tram stop Cathedrale.

The Nice Opera sometimes slips in an English-speaking production… this season (2023/2024) it will be 200 Motels, the stage adaption of the cult film by Frank Zappa, in December.  Otherwise they generally feature electronic subtitles in English for most productions, but confirm this before buying your ticket. Tram stop Opera.

The esteemed Theatre National de Nice (TNN) is in a period of flux: their flagship white-marble monolith has been torn down (long story), and instead they now have two new smaller theatres (…but more to come!)  For the 2023/24 season it looks like nothing is in English, but the choreography and dance performance Through the Grapevine in November 2023 should be accessible to all, and would be especially worthwhile to see it in the magnificent new Salle des Franciscans Theatre in Old Nice, which is a rescued (another long story!) and repurposed Medieval chapel.   Tram stop Cathedrale or Garibaldi.

Virtually Live from New York and London:  You can experience the entire season of the New York Metropolitan Opera transmitted live at special showings at the Pathe Massena Cinema, and the entire season of the Royal London Opera House shown live at the Varieties Cinema.

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