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Welcome to the

Théâtre Le Guignol de Lyon

The only contemporary Guignol,

classified as cultural heritage of Lyon

and open since 1966.


Theatre tour

You would like to discover Guignol but there is no show at the moment?

Come and visit the theatre's backstage !

Under construction 


At the end of February

the theatre will close for a year

due to works. 


So hurry up, come and see us !

Don't worry, we'll be playing in other places.

Stay tunned !

What's on



All shows are in french only, but the plots are easy to grasp

and the performances are very visual and musical,

which allows everybody to have a good time.

The History of Guignol

The history of this theatre and its only original boss, Guignol, begins with a silkworker born in Lyon: Laurent Mourguet (1769-1844). In 1797, Laurent Mourguet became a tooth puller, and incorporated some Italian glove puppets, the burattini, into his work to reassure and distract his patients. In 1804, he started working as a professional. According to tradition, Guignol appeared in 1808. His look is said to be based on a self-portrait of Laurent Mourguet...

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Getting here

Théâtre Le Guignol de Lyon

2 rue Louis Carrand 

69005 Lyon

Métro A : Cordeliers

Métro C : Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel

Métro D : Vieux Lyon - Cathédrale St Jean​

Bus C3, S1 : Gare St Paul

Bus C13, C18, S6 : Terreaux Tobie Robatel

Bus C14, 19, 31, 40 : St Paul

Bus 27 : Tupin

Bus S12 : Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel

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