Why Watch a Show at the Moulin Rouge?
“This risqué world-famous cabaret, performed in a 19th-century windmill, has been exciting audiences since 1900.”
Step into the dazzling world of rhinestones, feathers and sequins with an enchanting night at the Moulin Rouge! So much more than just a show, an evening at this famed Parisian cabaret is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Situated in the heart of the lively Montmartre district, the Moulin Rouge is instantly recognizable with its lipstick-red facade and giant windmill. For over 125 years, the theater has been showcasing the talent of hundreds of actors, dancers, make-up artists, costume designers and stage decorators, including the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra. Known as the birthplace of the French can-can dance, the Moulin Rouge was co-founded by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler with one main objective in mind: to become the greatest venue embracing the art of dance, entertainment and femininity. An early harbinger of female liberation and empowerment, in the world of cabaret, it’s the ladies who lead the show!
Since the theatre first opened it’s doors in October of 1889, the Moulin Rouge continues to evoke the spirit of a festive Paris. A production that highlights pleasure, fun and freedom, the cabaret attracts 600,000 spectators a year. With a sensational explosion of feathers, sparkles and color, witness the French can-can come to life as you sip champagne in one of the most beloved entertainment hotspots.
A Moulin Rouge Experience
The current show being performed at the Moulin Rouge is “Féerie”. A fantastic cabaret review, the production brings together an extensive troop of performers, including 60 beautiful Doriss Girl Dancers recruited from all over the world, costumes created in Paris's prestigious studios, and stunning rich color stage sets created by Italian artists. Guests can attend a show with or without dinner and can also select ticket options that include champagne.
Selecting the Best Ticket Option for a Show at the Moulin Rouge
Dinner Show - Is it worth it?
Make the most of your evening with a Moulin Rouge dinner and show combo, available daily for the 9pm performance of “Féerie”.
What you get
Your dinner show experience begins with a 7pm early-bird entrance to the Moulin Rouge. Enjoy an outstanding 3 course meal accompanied by live orchestral music before the cabaret’s main show begins at 9pm.
About the Moulin Rouge restaurant
Led by Chef David le Quellec, sous-chef Alexis Mathey and a team of 25 talented cooks, the Moulin Rouge restaurant is just as good as its cabaret. A French gastronomical experience, a dinner show is a treat for all the senses. When making a reservation for a dinner show, you will have the option to choose between several menus, including vegetarian and vegan options.
Perks of a Dinner Show Learn more about this experience.
- Guests attending the dinner portion of a 9pm show are seated at 7pm, as opposed to 9pm, giving you a huge advantage in terms of getting good seats.
- Enjoy two additional hours at the Moulin Rouge, for a total of four hours. A dinner show gives you plenty of time to soak up the invigorating atmosphere of the cabaret.
Late Night Show vs Regular Show
There is no difference between the 9pm and the 11pm show. The performances are exactly the same. However, the 9pm show (both with and without the dinner) tend to sell out the quickest. It’s advised you book at least 2 weeks in advance.
Get more information about the Moulin Rouge Late Night Show with Champagne experience.
Check multiple items off your Paris bucketlist with a Moulin Rouge combo ticket. An excellent way to save money, our combination tickets are specially designed to help you experience the best of Paris, without breaking your wallet.
Moulin Rouge Show with
Champagne + Seine Cruise
Embark on a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Seine River and pass by famous landmarks as you take in one of the most beautiful Parisian boulevards. Your flexible ticket allows you to board the cruise anytime you’d like during the day, within the operating hours. After your cruise, head to the legendary Moulin Rouge and witness the French can-can come to life in a colorful explosion of feathers and sequins. Sip champagne as you enjoy a bedazzling performance by a the cabaret’s talented troupe of performers. Please note, this tour does not include transfers.
Learn more about this experience.
La Marina Dinner Cruise, Eiffel Tower by Night
and Moulin Rouge Show
Make the most of your time in Paris with a 3-in-1 tour package to some of the most sought after Parisian experiences. Enjoy a charming dinner on the famous floating restaurant, La Marina de Paris. Afterward, head to the Eiffel Tower, where your skip-the-line ticket will give you priority access to the 2nd floor. Take in the unique views of the French capital from 377 feet up! Last, but certainly not least, head to the legendary Moulin Rouge. With the a breathtaking 11 pm "Feerie" show, witness the Moulin Rouge’s talented troupe of 80 performers in a stunning, colorful stage performance. This tour includes transfers between activities, as well as back to your accommodation in Paris after your show at the Moulin Rouge.
Learn more about this experience.
Moulin Rouge Timings
The Moulin Rouge is open every day of the week from 7pm to 1am. There are two shows per night, the first at 9pm and the second at 11pm. (The 11pm show is only on Fridays and Saturdays.) Guests can have dinner at 7pm before the first show starts at 9pm, allowing for two extra hours inside the fabulous Moulin Rouge.
Learn more about the Moulin Rouge Dinner Show experience.
It is recommend to arrive at least 30 minutes before start time.
Do I Need to Book Tickets in Advance?
It is recommended you book your tickets in advance, as shows tend to sell out especially during the weekends. Likewise, dinner shows are quite popular and tend to be the first to fill up, even during the week. We suggest you book your tickets 2 weeks in advance to ensure you get your desired date, show time and experience.
Why Book with Headout
Specially curated selection of Moulin Rouge Tickets
From dinner shows with early entry to late-night performances with champagne, combo tickets with a Seine River Cruise and trio tickets with a La Marina dinner cruise and fast-pass entry to the Eiffel Tower, discover your perfect Moulin Rouge experience.
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Created by Doris Haug and Ruggero Angeletti, “Féerie” has been in production at the Moulin Rouge since 1999. The fabulous cabaret consists of a troupe of 80 artists, including 60 Doriss Girls recruited from around the world. The show also features over 1,000 colorful costumes made of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. Produced in the most famous Parisian workshops, the elaborate costumes are an absolute highlight of the show! But that’s not all - phenomenal sets uniquely designed by Italian artists, a giant aquarium in which an aquatic ballet takes place, and outstanding international acts also bring life to the stage. Set to an original musical score written by Pierre Porte and Roland Léonar and performed by a team of 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers, a trip to the Moulin Rouge is a feast for all the senses!
“Féerie” has five distinct scenes:
- The Moulin Rouge, Today and Yesterday
- The Pirates
- At the Circus
- The Moulin Rouge, from 1900 to ...
- International Acts
In addition, the show is broken up with all sorts of acts, including the fastest juggler in the world, an acrobatic duo performing spellbinding hand-to-hand acrobatics and more.
Smart attire is required to enter the Moulin Rouge. For men, a jacket and tie are appreciated, but not required. Shorts, flip flops, sportswear and sports shoes are not permitted.
Will there be a cloak room?
Yes. Attendants are on hand to look after coats and bags stored during the show.
What time should I arrive at the Moulin Rouge?
– For a dinner-show, guests are advised to arrive at 6:30 pm. Dinner starts at 7pm. Your show will begin at 9pm and end at 11 pm.
– For the 9 pm show, guests are advised to arrive at 830 pm. The show will end at 11 pm.
– For the 11 pm show, guests are advised to arrive at 10:30. The show will end at 1 am.
How long is the show?
A cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge is 2 hours long.
What language is the show in?
The show at the Moulin Rouge is in French, but it is not necessary to speak the language to get the full enjoyment out of the show! A lot of the performance is taken up with singing and dancing, and even if you don’t understand exactly what is being said some of the tunes will be familiar and you should be able to understand what is happening. The Moulin Rouge is visited by thousands of tourists of all nationalities every year, suggesting that not speaking French is certainly not a barrier to having a good time!
Situated at the heart of the lively Montmartre district of Paris, the Moulin Rouge can easily be reached by taxi or public transport. It is located level with the Place Blanche on Boulevard de Clichy, just next to the Place Pigalle and the Musée de l’Erotisme.
From the Eiffel Tower
If you are coming from the Eiffel Tower, the easiest way to reach the Moulin Rouge is by taxi or UBER. It’s a 20-30 minute drive and should cost around €35. There is no direct bus or metro line from here.
From the Louvre Musuem
From either Louvre Rivoli or Palais Royale Musée de Louvre, take line 1 (yellow) of the Métro until you reach Charles-De-Gaulle/Etoile. Switch to line 2 and continue until you reach Blanche.
From the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
From either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 hop on the RER B line in the direction of Paris. Disembark at the Paris Gare du Nord station. From there, switch to line 4 (dark pink) until Barbès-Rochechouart, and finally switch on to line 2 (dark blue), getting off at Blanche three stops later.
From the Orly Airport (ORY)
From the airport, take the OrlyVal train towards Paris, and disembark at Antony station. From there, transfer onto the RER B train (thick blue line on Métro maps) and travel to Gare du Nord, before taking line 4 to Barbès-Rochechouart and then line 2 to Blanche.
Getting back after the show
The Metro opens at 5:30 am every morning and closes at 1:15 am Monday through Thursday and on Sunday, with a later closing time of 2:15 am on Friday and Saturday. If you’re attending an 11 pm show, we suggest you pre-book a cab for transportation after the performance. It can be quite difficult to hail a cab late at night. Booking an UBER is another excellent option.
Moulin Rouge FAQs
How can I be sure to get a good seat?
There are no pre-assigned seats at the Moulin Rouge; when you arrive, an usher will guide you to your seat on a first-come-first-served basis. The best tip for scoring a good seat is to arrive early. However, guests attending the dinner portion of a 9pm show are seated at 7pm, as opposed to 9pm, giving you a huge advantage in terms of getting good seats! Learn more about this experience.
Which seats are the best?
Seats at the very front of the stage are generally considered to be the best, as they offer a detailed view of the dancers. However, with that being said, there are no ‘bad’ seats inside the Moulin Rouge. The theatre is quite small and curves in a horseshoe shape around the stage, so even if you end up sitting at a table in the back or off to the side, you’ll be able to turn your chair and face the stage. Those in the middle or further back also have the advantage of seeing a wider panorama of the whole stage, which is also a great experience.
What is the minimum age for watching the show?
Children aged 6 and above are admitted to the Moulin Rouge. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. When deciding whether or not to bring minors, keep in mind that there is nudity throughout the show. While the sow is tasteful, you will need to use your own discretion.
Can I take photos of the show?
For copyright and security reasons, taking photographs during the show is strictly prohibited. It is also forbidden to photograph, film, or record any part of the Moulin Rouge theatre and the show.
Can I take photographs of myself at the show?
At every show, a team of professional photographers is available to take photographs of you inside the Moulin Rouge theatre. These can be purchased as a souvenir for around €20, or €35 for two photos.
Where can I purchase Moulin Rouge Souvenirs?
During the day, you can find some great Moulin Rouge souvenirs at a shop located around the corner from the theater, on Rue Lepic. Otherwise, after and before the show, there is a small glass counter in the foyer which also sells souvenirs.
Is smoking allowed at the Moulin Rouge?
No. Smoking inside the Moulin Rouge is strictly prohibited.
Flashback: Moulin Rouge shows from the last 60 years
Since 1963 and the success of the Frou-Frou revue, out of superstition Jacki Clérico chooses only revue titles that start with the letter F. Naturally, the famous French cancan is performed at every revue. Here’s a look into the six decades of cabarets that have graced the Moulin Rouge.
1983–1988: “Femmes, femmes, femmes”
Since 1999: “Feerie”
Moulin Rouge Fast Facts
- The Moulin Rouge was founded in 1889 by Joseph Oller (1839-1922) and Charles Zidler (1831-1897).
- Located at the bottom of a hill in the Montmartre neighborhood, it opened its doors on October 10.
- Since 1963 and the success of the Frou-Frou revue, out of superstition Jacki Clérico chooses only revue titles that start with the letter F.
- On November 23, 1981, the Moulin Rouge closed its doors for one night to present its show to Queen Elizabeth II.
- In 1915 the Moulin Rouge edifice was completely destroyed by a fire. The cabaret shut down for six years until reconstruction in 1921, once the First World War had come to an end.
- An impressive 600,000 people visit the Moulin Rouge every year and 240,000 bottles of champagne are served annually!
- The cabaret has gone down in history - the Guinness Book of Records states that Moulin Rouge dancers were able to lift their legs 29 times in the space of 30 seconds during the cabaret’s 125 year anniversary celebration! And then to top it off, a Féérie solo dancer lifted his leg above his head 30 times in 30 seconds!
- In 2010, the Moulin Rouge was designated a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage site.