Historical French theme park expands into China with immersive theatre offering

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Historical theme park Puy du Fou, which is located in the Pays de la Loire region of western France, is set to trial a new immersive theatre in Shanghai’s Xuhui District. 

According to a report from theme park and attractions media outlet, Interpark, ‘The Saga City of Light’ will take attendees on a journey back in time to 1930s Shanghai.

The attraction will last around two hours, and will utilise the latest technology to recreate scenes from the 1930s, inviting guests to explore, learn and discover more about the bustling Chinese city.

An investment worth $90.7m (£72m/€83m) has been made to fund the attraction, which will cover 46,000 square metres of the west pavilion of Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center.

The funding will support a theatre, themed catering, a cafe, and cultural and entertainment offerings that are expected to attract roughly 1.2 million guests annually.

More than 150 actors and 50 film scenes will be used to bring the immersive experience to life, while over 26,000 vintage-style objects will help to transform the space.

Originally, Puy du Fou was founded in 1978 by Phillippe de Villiers, after he came up with an original show named ‘Cinéscénie’. The idea followed discovering ruins of an old castle in the village of Les Epesses. De Villiers created the ‘l’Association du Puy du Fou’ which now consists of actors, prop-makers and trainers.

In 1989, the show spawned ‘The Grand Parc of the Puy du Fou’, with the theme park based near Cinéscénie.

Puy du Fou first expanded internationally with the show ‘El seuño de Toledo’ – which means ‘The dream of Toledo’ in Spain, in 2019. This then expanded into a park with a number of shows and villages on Toledo’s history and more.