Even though one goes to the theatre every night and has been a columnist for years, it’s always worth taking a risk. This is when the Cultural Animal comes to play.

So here I am inside the Huchette Theatre (those who’ve been following me for a while will understand), determined to check out this Bloody DollIt’s a musical adapted from Gaston Leroux’s 1923 novel, The Bloody Doll, released more than a decade after his uber-famous 1910 Phantom of the Opera.

The challenge isn’t small. A micro-set, 3 actors, 1 piano player to bring no less than 15 characters and an entire ambiance to life. Wow.

And it’s divine. The actors are on top of their game -drama and singing. It’s incredibly creative, curated, hilarious and not scary at all. Costumes are perfect. Didier Bailly is at home. He’s been acting in Ionesco’s Bold Soprano at La Huchette since 1985. As for Eric Chantelauze who co-signs the show, he’s written more than a few musicals. Et voilà.

This is probably THE musical of the year. If you understand French or are willing to put up with 1 hour 25 minutes of French and uncomfortable seats, it’s worth the while.

Illustration © Araso

The Bloody Doll, the musical,
Théâtre de la Huchette
23, RUE DE LA HUCHETTE
75005 PARIS
M. Saint-Michel
Tel: +331 43 26 38 99