Ooh la la! French play where the stars and the audience are all NAKED is hailed a huge success
- Nudist show in Palace of Ice theatre even made the audience strip-off to watch
- First all-nude show in major venue in Paris on one of coldest nights of the year
- ‘Nu et approuve’, meaning ‘nude and approved’, is a play on an official phrase
- Producers insisted everyone bring their own towel to sit on for hygiene reasons
France’s first ‘nudist play’ has premiered to rave reviews in Paris this week, with audience members made to strip-off to be allowed in the theatre.
Theatre-goers leaving the Palais des Glaces – or Palace of Ice – after the show hailed it a success, despite having to bring their own towel to sit on.
The title ‘Nu et approuve’, which translates as nude and approved, plays on words of ‘Read and approved’, commonly used in France for signing official documents.
Producers of the nudist play in Paris said audience members also had to strip-off to watch the performance on Sunday
Performers on stage were naked for most of the play and the audience also had to bare all
The one-off show,a farce which mocks those who object to the naturist lifestyle, is about a brother and sister who find themselves on opposing sides of prickly social issues, especially nudism, which they must get naked to overcome.
The squabbling siblings ‘have to drop their masks and bare all to find a more relaxed common ground’.
It was the first all-nude show in a major venue in the French capital.
The producers insisted that the audience must strip off to see the play, and that everyone must bring their own towel – for hygiene reasons.
VIPs, however, were provided with their own microfibre seat covering.
The one-off show, about a brother and sister, was the first all-nude show in a major venue in the French capital
The one-off naked show was shown on Sunday – one of the coldest days of the year in Paris
A naked man stands on stage as naked people in the audience attend the nudist play ‘Nu et approuve’ or ‘Naked and approved’ in English
The squabbling siblings in the play ‘have to drop their masks and bare all to find a more relaxed common ground’
A sign reading ‘Do not go out naked’ at the Palais des Glaces theatre in Paris on Sunday, reminding audience members that they are nude
Cedric Amato, the head of a Paris nudist group, who braved a forecast of snow to attend, said: ‘There is no better way of laughing than to laugh in the nude.’
Nudists gave the show the thumbs up. ‘I really enjoyed it,’ one middle-aged woman said, while Amato said it was important because ‘it is a way for us also get to talk about our lifestyle and our needs’.
‘We need to break the social codes to be ourselves in a place like this and have a good time,’ he added.
Naturists have been pushing to make their lifestyle more mainstream in Paris, with stand-up comedy nights, naked museum visits and a dedicated nudist zone in the city’s biggest park.
However, the French capital’s first nudist restaurant, O’Naturel, will close next month because it could not put enough bums on seats.