The Palace Of Laughter - Paris

In a special edition of the series which profiles famous music halls and variety theatres, Geoffrey Wheeler visits PARIS to tell the story of the legendary Folies-Bergere.

The theatre opened its doors in 1869 and quickly gained an international reputation for the quality of the acts who appeared there.

Stars whose careers were made at the theatre included Josephine Baker, Miss Bluebell, Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett.

Although the Folies-Bergere has recently revamped its image as a 'straight theatre', its history as one of Europe's finest music halls continues to draw visitors from all over the world.

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In a special edition of the series which profiles famous music halls and variety theatres, Geoffrey Wheeler visits PARIS to tell the story of the legendary Folies-Bergere.

The theatre opened its doors in 1869 and quickly gained an international reputation for the quality of the acts who appeared there.

Stars whose careers were made at the theatre included Josephine Baker, Miss Bluebell, Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett.

Although the Folies-Bergere has recently revamped its image as a 'straight theatre', its history as one of Europe's finest music halls continues to draw visitors from all over the world.