Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show

Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and funny as ever, Jean Paul Gaultier has shaken up theatre land  by inventing a new kind of entertainment lying somewhere between a revue and a fashion show.

In this extraordinary production, actors, dancers and circus artists take to the stage and play outlandish, passionate, larger than life, rude, sexy, sassy creatures and personalities.

Set against the backdrop of a giant video wall, a key part of the production features vignettes of special guest stars – including a number of Gaultier’s long-term, iconic supporters and friends. Rossy de Palma plays the young Gaultier’s unforgiving schoolteacher, who harbours secret fashion fantasies of her own, while Catherine Deneuve reads out the hysterical names that Gaultier gave the creations in his fabulous men’s couture show of the early ’90s.

As author, director and costume designer, Jean Paul Gaultier takes a look at our times in both an extravagant and tender way, and invites us behind the scenes into his world filled with excess, poetry and magic.

From his childhood to his early career, from his greatest fashion shows to the wild nights in Le Palace or London, Jean Paul Gaultier shares his journal of the times and pays tribute to those who have inspired him in film (Pedro Almodovar, Luc Besson), music (Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Myléne Farmer) and dance (Régine Chopinot, Angelin Prejlocaj).

In the show, conceived like a grand party, Jean Paul Gaultier will surprise us yet again. He has designed hundreds of new exclusive outfits, incorporated within an exuberant set – without forgetting to invite his most iconic creations!

He has collaborated with the best in their field; actress, scriptwriter and director Tonie Marshall, who co-directs the show, and choreographer Marion Motin (Madonna, Christine and the Queens, Stromae, Resiste The Musical).

From disco to funk, from pop to rock and new wave and punk, Fashion Freak Show has an explosive playlist of hits that have inspired the artist throughout his life.

Fashion Freak Show made it’s UK premiere at London’s Southbank in July 2019, to great audience and critical acclaim. In 2020, the production headed to Russia, with sell out performances in St Petersburg and Moscow.  Fashion Freak show now returns to London, taking up residence at The Rounhouse from the 15th July to the 28th August.

*Fashion Freak Show is produced by Thierry Suc of TS3. RGM are the international producers.

Synopsis

The scandalous new musical revue charting the life and times of one of the world’s most famous fashion designers opened at the Folies Bergère in October 2018.  With music by Nile Rodgers.

Reviews

A fabulous fiesta of fabric and flesh… a positive, celebratory fashionista extravaganza that’s a lot of fun.

Guardian * * * *

An exuberant celebration.

The Stage * * * *

The two-hour-something raucous revue is hard to define and absolutely impossible to pigeonhole. It simply is a must-see.

Broadway World * * * * *

Slick, bouncy and extravagant.

The Times * * * *

Funny, pacy, sexy and fabulously French… opulent, decadent and a fabulous antidote to the woes of the world.

The Arts Desk * * * * *

It makes everything else on the London stage look like it's clad top to toe in beige.

Daily Telegraph * * * *

Don't miss this show!

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