Auditorium

The armchair - ©Peter Potrowl / CC-BY • Molière - ©Rijksmuseum / Public domain The armchair - ©Peter Potrowl / CC-BY • Molière - ©Rijksmuseum / Public domain

Did you know that we can see Molière’s armchair in the foyer of the Comédie-Française? Yeah! The one in which he performed his last play, Le Malade imaginaire ("The Imaginary Invalid") and in which...

The theatre - ©Phinou / CC-BY-SA The theatre - ©Phinou / CC-BY-SA

Célestins' district belonged first to Templars. Once their order was cancelled in 1312, their house were given to Malta knights. Few years later, knights gave the land to duke of Savoy Amédée, who...

The façade - ©Daderot / Public domain The façade - ©Daderot / Public domain

A travelling theatre In the beginning of the 18th century, a permanent theatre was founded in Lyon. I said permanent, because at that time, actors went from town to town and put together trestles...

The theatre - ©Tangopaso / Public domain The theatre - ©Tangopaso / Public domain

Originally, the Renaissance company founded by Anténor Joly, Victor Hugo, Casimir Delavigne and Alexandre Dumas in 1838 performed in the Ventadour theatre. But they wanted their own theatre! In...

The theatre - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA The theatre - ©Patrick Despoix / CC-BY-SA

A new theatre The old theatre just set to fire. So they decided to rebuild a brand new one, on the foundations of an old Roman temple, near the old medieval stronghold called château Trompette. The...

The façade - ©Danglars2 / CC-BY-SA The façade - ©Danglars2 / CC-BY-SA

Originally, queen Marie-Antoinette asked architect Lenoir to raise a theatre because the Palais-Royal’s Opera built by architect Moreau just burnt in 1781: quick, quick, the queen wanted quick...

Façade - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA Façade - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

This theatre was raised between 1786 and 1790 by Victor Louis. The Comédie was founded in 1680 by the king: it’s the oldest theatre in France! Originally, it was called hôtel des Comédiens du Roi...

A Parisian fair, 18th c - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain A Parisian fair, 18th c - ©Internet Archive Book Images / Public domain

From the fair to the theatre Jean-Baptiste Nicolet (1710-1796) and his company performed here from 1760. As a stallholder’s son, puppeteer himself, he started in a little shack at Saint-Laurent...

The façade - ©DXR / CC-BY-SA The façade - ©DXR / CC-BY-SA

A fine neoclassic theatre raised between 1779 and 1782 by Peyre and Wailly, on the location of old gardens belonging to the Condé city house. After the French Revolution, the theatre was named(...

The opera - ©MarcJP46 / CC-BY-SA The opera - ©MarcJP46 / CC-BY-SA

One of the biggest theatre in the world, born in the Second Empire! In fact, before that time, we found theatres outside Paris. But they were impractical, dangerous! On January 14th 1858, emperor...


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