Directed by Craig Ilott
Reviewed by Tessa Miles
12 October – 13 November, 2022
The Studio, Sydney Opera House
From $165 (with food and beverage package) or $89 (show only) + booking fee
If you yearn for the perfect trip to Paris filled with the perfect French aesthetic but your budget doesn’t quite allow for the indulgence, then look a little closer to home at the Sydney Opera House and L’Hotel; the perfect taster to some of Paris’ best shows. Forget that Moulin Rouge the Musical is across town, this is the best way to experience what the Paris entertainment scene has to offer.
L’Hotel takes classic sit-down French cabaret, burlesque and circus theatre and sprinkles in a dash of sophistication, sex appeal, mesmerising artistry, stellar vocals, a touch of comedy and Parisian tunes. Then, places a glass full of champagne and a charcuterie plate for two on your table to top off this must do night. Don’t forget the eclairs for the perfect the experience!
As the name suggests, audiences find themselves transported to a French hotel, where music fills the room, and the energy is buzzing as wait staff direct you to your seats. The red and gold interior, a classic nod to many hotels typically found in Paris, transforms The Studio at the Opera House. While the audience filters in to take their seats, without making it obvious by the up-tempo change in music, the wait staff launch into short bursts of choreography several times in the middle of their duties. Whether they are pouring a glass of wine, handing you a French cheese plate, or taking payment for the additional drinks, their dance moves don’t miss a beat, and not a single drop fell from the bottles of champagne.
Milling around the reception area stage and second level hallway are a cast of peculiar characters; the hotel clerk, the bell boy, the handyman and a couple of female cleaners. All the while, the Maître De welcomes guest to her hotel, ensuring they are comfortable at their tables for an enjoyable night.
A woman of note checks into the hotel, with her large hat and form fitting power suit; our cabaret singer is here to kick off the entertainment with classic French sultry tunes. After the cabaret singer sets the tone for the night, the audience is wowed when champagne flutes and bottles are juggled in a perfectly executed performance before being treated to the mesmerising trapeze and aerial acts that has the audience gasping. While the L’Hotel is filled with many guests, it still manages to make the experience intimate, showing the secrets behind some of the closed doors of the hotel.
The highlight of the night comes when the desk clerk showcases their athleticism and artistry in a pole dance that has the crowd thunderously applauding, shortly followed by a standing ovation for the closing act from the handyman and their incredible showcase of skills on the aerial trapeze.
If you are looking for a night of entertainment that will transport you to the Parisian olden days without leaving the city, L’Hotel is a must do! From the food, champagne, dazzling set and the immersive theatre experience, L’Hotel will transform you for 80 glorious minutes of old-world glamour, whimsy and jaw dropping performances in ways you can only imagine!
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Co-created with Stuart Couzens and designer Alfred, L’Hôtel’s international cast features:
- Brendan Maclean (Australia): singer, ARIA award-nominated songwriter and actor, Maclean is best known for roles in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Australian drama Tracks;
- Caroline Nin (France): Parisian-based jazz singer and chanteuse, Nin has mesmerised crowds around the world from London, to New York, Edinburgh and of course Paris;
- Masha Terentieva (Russia): award-winning contemporary circus artist and innovator, Terentieva has performed on Broadway and with the prestigious Cirque du Soleil. She appears as an aerialist in L’Hôtel and also takes the reigns as Assistant Director of the season as part of the Opera House’s Contemporary Performance Industry Development Initiative, which provides recipients the opportunity to work alongside established creatives to develop their skills and increase their profile within the industry;
- Florian Brooks (Belgium): a specialist in juggling and manipulation, Brooks will make his Australian debut in L’Hôtel;
- Beau Sargent (Australia): an aerialist and contortionist living between London and Berlin, Sargent was classically trained at the prestigious Australian Ballet Company, and now fuses grace and daring skill to deliver truly unique aerial circus performances;
- Bri Emrich (Australia) and CJ Shuttleworth (Australia): multi-disciplinary rising stars skilled in dance, acrobatics and aerial, Emrich Shuttleworth are appearing with a sensual adagio act;
- Bentley Rebel (America): dancer, choreographer and pole artist, Rebel is a striking performer unearthed by L’Hôtel for his first ever cabaret show; and
- Martelle Hammer (Australia): Internationally trained and celebrated actress, Hammer is appearing as L’Hôtel’s Maître D’ and Proprietor.