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8900 Bartram Avenue  Philadelphia  Pennsylvania  19153  USA 


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Bastille Day


Bastille Day is back for the 20th annual celebration! Eastern State Penitentiary teams with The Bearded Ladies cabaret group to present an hour-long spectacle of song, dance, and beheading.
This free theatrical performance begins at 5:30 p.m. and culminates in a playful reenactment of the storming of the Bastille. Dozens of French revolutionaries storm the grim walls of "the Bastille" (Eastern State Penitentiary), capture Marie Antoinette (portrayed by Terry McNally, co-owner of London Grill) and, ignoring her mocking cries of "Let them eat Tastykake," drag her to a real, functioning guillotine as 3,000 Tastykakes are flung from the prison's towers.
Interested in a better (French Bourgeoisie) view? VIP seating is available for a donation fee! VIP tickets include seating, beer and refreshments, heckling from the lower classes, and revolution goodie bags. Tickets are limited. Available online now at
Following the performance, the many wonderful restaurants surrounding the penitentiary come alive with French-themed entertainment as well as food and drink specials. Go early and take a tour of Eastern State (standard admission), or stay late and take a twilight tour following the reenactment ($10 for adults; $5 for seniors, students, kids).

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