|Written by Jean Poiret|
First performance 1 February 1973
Place premiered Palais-Royal Theatre
|Date premiered 1973|
Playwright Jean Poiret
Original language French language
Setting a nightclub in St. Tropez, France.
Adaptations La Cage aux Folles (1978), The Birdcage (1996)
Similar Casa Valentina, The Frogs, Mame, The Producers, Le Dîner de Cons
La Cage aux Folles ([la kaʒ o fɔl]) is a 1973 French farce by Jean Poiret centering on confusion that ensues when Laurent, the son of a Saint Tropez night club owner and his gay lover, brings his fiancée's ultraconservative parents for dinner. The original French production premièred at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal on 1 February 1973 and ran for almost 1,800 performances. The principal roles were played by Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault. A French-Italian film of the play was made in 1978 (with two sequels La Cage aux Folles II (1980), directed by Édouard Molinaro and La Cage aux Folles 3: 'Elles' se marient (1985), directed by Georges Lautner.) In 1983, Poiret's play was adapted in the United States as a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and later remade as the American film The Birdcage.