Jean Paul Gaultier’s ‘Fashion Freak Show’ to open in London

The production is inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier’s life.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Jean Paul Gaultier’s production Fashion Freak Show will play a summer residency in London. Fashion Freak Show begins previews at the Roundhouse on 15 July, with a press night on 19 July and performances to 28 August.

Jean Paul Gaultier is a French haute-couture fashion designer, who has styled singers such as Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, and more. Fashion Freak Show explore Gaultier’s life and career against a time of turbulent politics and cultural changes. During Fashion Freak Show, projected vignettes will show Gaultier's supporters, as well as Rossy de Palma playing a schoolteacher and narration by Catherine Deneuve.

“I’m so thrilled that my Fashion Freak Show will be returning to London to take up residence at the Roundhouse.” said Gaultier. “I have been greatly influenced by British music, theatre and cinema throughout my career from ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ through Punk and New Wave - and I keep coming back. I hope that audiences will enjoy the show as much as I did creating it.”

Fashion Freak Show premiered in Paris at Folies Bergère in 2019. The Fashion Freak Show in London will feature a new stage, including a catwalk.

Gaultier serves as the Fashion Freak Show author, director and costume designer. The creative team includes co-direction by Tonie Marshall, and choreography by Marion Motin.

Fashion Freak Show is at the Roundhouse.

Photo credit: Fashion Freak Show (Photo courtesy of Fashion Freak Show)

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