You look worried…. All I have to do is announce a musical tour of Gaul with Asterix and already you go imagining Cacofonix, the bard of discord, touring all the concert halls in Gaul!

Calm down: we are not talking here about arms of massive eardrum destruction but of real, even great, music! And yes: to commemorate Asterix’s 50th birthday, the Theatre des Champs-Elysées will welcome “Asterix’s Musical Tour of Gaul” on Thursday, 22 October. This musical show was devised by Frédéric Chaslin based on the characters created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

Asterix and Obélix, accompanied by all members of the Gaulish village, are going to defy Caesar to go in search of the greatest hits of the classical French repertoire, with extracts from works by George Bizet, Jules Massenet, Charles Gounod, Hector Berlioz, Paul Dukas, Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Jacques Offenbach…

The cast brings together opera singers and artists from the music hall; Mathias Vidal (Asterix), Patrick Rocca (Obelix), Laurent Naouri (Caesar), Robert Aburbe (Vitalstatistix), Bernard Pisani (Geriatrix); it even includes Thomas Morris in the role of Cacofonix! Our bard knows how to ravish the public with his singing!

As for the druid Getafix, he is to be played by Jean-Pierre Coffe! And Olivier Ruidavet, Jean-David Stepler, Alain Wilmet, Johan Nus, Djamel Mehnane complete the astounding cast and will be accompanied by the Orchestra Colonne, directed by the talented Frédéric Chaslin.

“Asterix’s Musical Tour of Gaul” is thus an ambitious, playful introduction to classical music for families and children as well as a chance to rediscover the French musical heritage for serious music lovers. Book your seats quickly; there won’t be enough room for everybody!