I'm not sure what I expected, but the show was a huge surprise, and not always in a good way. One thing that couldn't be ignored was the blast of colour. The costumes and scenery were breathtakingly wonderful. Camp and often cheesy, the dance routines were flamboyant, dazzling and elaborate, if not always in time.
The cabaret performers, such as the various acrobatic acts were truly outstanding. The huge water tank of boa constructors rising from the stage accompanied by a dancing girl was unexpected, and received rapturous applause.
We went for the whole package that included dinner and champagne. The food was ok, but not great, and was served at such a pressured pace that your plate was whipped away the minute you put your fork down and replaced with your next course.
When other reviews say that you are packed in like sardines, this is no understatement. The chairs are very small and touch each other, so once a bottom is placed on it, you need to accept that you will become quite intimate with the stranger that has been squeezed next to you. You will have no personal space at all. In fact, there is very little walking space due to the volume of tables. They even put tables on the steps leading to the various levels.
If you are happy to accept the densely populated space, the indigestion from rushed food, the sensory overload and just accept it for what it is - a good bit of commercial fun, then you won't be disappointed. After all, you can't come to Paris and not go to the Moulin Rouge!
Regarding accessibility: this is not a wheelchair or limited mobility friendly venue. Although they can provide a lift to the main area, there are still many stairs to negotiate within the auditorium. Even if someone can lift the wheelchair down to the main dining area, getting to a toilet would be almost impossible once the show starts. Having said that, I couldn't fault the service and kindness of the staff at the Moulin Rouge.
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