performance & dance
comedy & cabaret

Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show

Part of Summer

Eccentric, scandalous, provocative, exuberant and as funny as ever, fashion’s enfant terrible presents his new creation: part revue, part catwalk show.

In a UK premiere, author, director and set designer Jean Paul Gaultier takes an extravagant, yet tender, look at our times, inviting us into a world filled with excess, poetry and magic.

New designs get their debut alongside Gaultier’s most iconic creations in a show thought out like a grand party. Actors, dancers and circus artists take to the stage to play outlandish, passionate, larger-than-life, sexy, sassy creatures.

Gaultier shares memories from his childhood and his early career, from his greatest fashion shows to wild nights spent in legendary Paris nightclub Le Palace and in London. The show pays tribute to those who have inspired him in film (Pedro Almodóvar, Luc Besson), music (Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Mylène Farmer) and dance (Régine Chopinot, Angelin Preljocaj).

From disco to funk, pop to rock and new wave to punk, the Fashion Freak Show is an explosive playlist of hits that have inspired the artist throughout his life.

The project has been brought to life by a stellar line-up of collaborators, including actor, scriptwriter and director Tonie Marshall, who co-directs, and choreographer Marion Motin (Madonna, Christine and the Queens, Stromae, Resiste the musical).

Presented by Southbank Centre in association with TS3 (a Fimalac Entertainment company) and RGM Productions.

A fabulous fiesta of fabric and flesh ★★★★
The Guardian
Slick, bouncy and extravagant ★★★★
The Times
An exuberant celebration ★★★★
The Stage
Funny, pacy, sexy and fabulously French ★★★★★
The Arts Desk

Dates & times

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£30 - £120
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£30, £50, £75, £90, £120


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 18+

Content warning
Contains nudity and sexual references.

Event information
Supertitles are in use throughout this performance. Please note: small sections of the show are performed in French without translation.

Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show