Paris: Théâtre du Châtelet

Country: France
Department, Region: Paris, Île-de-France
City: Paris
Location: I.; place du Châtelet

Built 1860-1862 as "Théâtre Impérial du Châtelet" by Gabriel Davioud. Opened 19 Aug 1862 with d'Ennery, Clairville and Monnier's fairy play "Rothomago". Originally used for drama performances. Since 1875, also home to the "Association des Concerts Colonne". In the 1900s, used for operetta, variety and ballet performances, for concerts, and as a cinema. Since 1906, used for regular opera seasons by impresario Gabriel Astruc. Since 1909, also used for ballet performances by Diaghilev's "Ballets russes" dance company. 1928-1979 mainly used for operetta and musical performances. Since 1979, operated by the city of Paris. 1979-1980 major restoration. 1980 renamed "Théâtre Musical de Paris". Used for opera performances, concerts, and various festivals. 1988-1989 interior remoudelling for acoustical and visual enhancement. 1989 re-renamed "Théâtre du Châtelet". 1998-1999 stage modernization. Currently mainly used for opera performances and concerts. Original capacity: 3000 people, today: 2300 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens - acts I/II (7 Dec 1879)
  • Jules Verne: Michel Strogoff (17 Nov 1880)
  • Claude Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien (22 May 1911)
  • Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka (13 June 1911)
  • Erik Satie/Jean Cocteau: Parade (18 May 1917)


Paris: Theatre du Chatelet Front Text: "Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet", sign on building: "La Poudre de Perlinpinpin"
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: to Melun, 1902 [postmark partly illegible]

Paris: Theatre du Chatelet Picture: foreground, left: roofs of the Théâtre de la Ville, right: Théâtre du Châtelet
Reverse Text: "Place et Théâtre du Châtelet - Conciergerie et Panorama"
Publisher: Éditions Chantal, Paris; 132
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.

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