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La Cinéscénie at Puy du Fou

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La Cinéscénie fireworks

I have saved the best till last with my series of blog posts about Puy du Fou. La Cinéscénie is hailed as ‘the greatest night show in the world’ and having experienced it for myself – I can see why.

La Cinéscénie carousel

Photo credit: Puy du Fou

Imagine a live production of 90 minutes on a 23 hectare set performed by 2400 actors, 28,000 costumes; 850 fireworks per show, 30 free flying drones, 3000 projectors and a sweeping musical score to enchant 13,200 spectators on each and every performance. The show takes place every Friday and Saturday night during the summer months – regardless of the weather. It starts at 10.30pm to ensure darkness all around making the dramatic scenes, music and dazzling lights even more impactful

The video below from Puy du Fou helps to show the sheer scale of the experience:

The story of La Cinéscénie encapsulates the history of the Vendée – the largest counter-revolutionary uprising of the French Revolution. The history of the Vendée Wars was not written by the victors, it was completely written out of French history, and until recently denied by the French government. The war was the first ‘total war’ in modern history, in which men, women and children were involved and La Cinéscénie depicts this well – using male, female and child actors and volunteers from the local region who aspire to be part of this show. It is an honour locally to perform, and you can see why – to be part of something so magnificent.

This spectacular night time show enjoys extraordinary special effects – a carousel sitting on the water? The sky becomes pin-striped! I kid you not – a famous quote by William Arthur Ward is: “If you can imagine it, you can do it” and Puy du Fou is not lacking in imagination! Just as you think you cannot be surprised or delighted – they do it again and again!

The original music is written by Hollywood composer Nick Glennis-Smith and the greatest French actors (including Gérard Depardieu!) have lent their voices to the show. I was enchanted and amazed by the powerful play. I didn’t understand a word they were saying as I chose not to use my translation headset for this show and just immerse myself in the moment, but the music, acting and special effects swept me up so I could get the gist of what was going on!

La Cinéscénie fireworks

Photo credit: Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou is incredibly popular in France but still currently a bit of a secret here in the UK despite attracting more than two and a half million visitors every year. However with the artistic excellence on show here and the way they capture your heart, I can’t see it staying a secret for very long! I highly recommend a visit to Puy du Fou with your family. There’s something there for everyone, no matter what age and the memories you make at Puy du Fou will stay with you for a lifetime.

Read my other posts on the Puy du Fou park and the hotels at the resort.

I attended Puy du Fou as part of a hosted press trip organised by BritMums and Puy du Fou.

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Comments to La Cinéscénie at Puy du Fou

  • This show was just incredible. Everything about it boggles the brain from the technical brilliance and outdoor setting to the number of special effects and the huge number of volunteer actors. It really is one of a kind and I can’t wait to see it again.

    Katja 29th June 2018 7:15 pm Reply
    • I was amazed at what they managed to do. I mean, they turned the sky pin-striped! I was constantly going ‘wow’ throughout!!

      Nadine Hill 3rd July 2018 1:57 pm Reply
  • It does look like a spectacular show. I like the idea of picking up a bit of history that seems to have been written out of the text books too.

    Erica Hughes 3rd July 2018 9:47 am Reply
    • Yes, me too. The people of Puy du Fou are very proud of their heritage and storytelling and this comes through in their performance.

      Nadine Hill 3rd July 2018 1:56 pm Reply
  • Wow!! It looks absolutely amazing. I would love to see this for myself

    Angela Hamilton 3rd August 2018 7:09 pm Reply
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