Moulin Rouge

Jan Leeming

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Date: 12th May 2011


Again a very touristy thing to experience and something I’ve never done before.

The Show was enjoyable. I’ve heard that the costumes cost a couple of million and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

The two entre-acts were absolutely excellent – Mario Berousek -a fantastic juggler reputed to be the fastest in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records and an amazing ventriloquist, Marc Metral, who had three different dummies on the go at the same time. And as for the Dancers – they were superb. Funnily enough the only number which left me cold was the famous ‘Can-Can’ – maybe the anticipation reduced the excitement as is often the case.

DON’T – I repeat ‘Don’t’ bother going for the dinner – it was awful. Mind you they are catering for a massive audience and that surprised me. I’d always imagined the Moulin Rouge as somewhere relatively small and intimate. At a rough guess I’d say they seat about 2,000 so forget intimacy.

Although not over-dressed, I was in what I thought was an appropriate outfit for an evening costing an arm and a leg and was very surprised to see people in T-shirts and very casual dress.

We’d expected to be on tables for two – but no – they have long tables for eight and you are put with strangers. We happened to strike it lucky with two very nice couples from America and Australia.

I wondered why half the auditorium was empty when our Australian diners declared that they’d been told they got a couple of the last seats available. Then it became clear – the wise people had not booked for the dinner! In fact after the dinner in trouped hundreds and hundreds of Chinese – mostly dressed in anoraks and trainers. What surprised me was that most of them sat completely immobile throughout the show – no laughter, no applause, nothing. In fact it reminded me of a wake.

So I’m glad to have had the experience but, at the price, would certainly not repeat it.


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