Paris: Comédie-Française

Country: France
Department, Region: Paris, Île-de-France
City: Paris
Location: 2, rue Richelieu / place Colette

Built 1786-1790 by Victor Louis as "Théâtre des Variétés amusantes" for Louis-Philippe d'Orléans, the duke of Chartres. Opened 15 May 1791. 1792 renamed "Théâtre de la République". 1798 restoration by Moreau. Re-opened 30 May 1799 as "Comédie-Française". Also known as "Salle Richilieu". 1860-1864 restorations, addition of a staircase and public foyers. Destroyed by a fire on 8 March 1900. Subsequently restored by Goudet. Renovations in 1935, 1974-1976, and 1994. Originally 2000 seats, today 896 seats. Used for drama performances by the resident company.

Notable world premieres:

  • Victor Hugo: Hernani ou l'Honneur Castillan (25 Mar 1830)
  • Victor Hugo: Le Roi s'amuse (22 Nov 1832)
  • Victor Hugo: Les Burgraves (7 Mar 1843)
  • Jean Cocteau: La voix humaine (17 Feb 1930)
  • Paul Valéry: Mon Faust - Le Solitaire (14 Apr 1945)
  • H.-M.-J.-M. de Montherlant: Port Royal (8 Dec 1954)

Link: www.comedie-francaise.fr

[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Picture: the fire on 8 March 1900
Front Text: "Le Theâtre Français pendant l'incendie - 8 Mars 1900"
Publisher: Clich. L. Gaumont - J. Duval Édit.
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Picture: the fire on 8 March 1900
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Front Text: "Paris, Theâtre Français"
Reverse Text: "The Theatre Français or Comedie Française is a massive building, near the Palais Royal which was restored by Goudet after the fire of 8th March 1900. It has been used since 1799 for the performances of the Comedie Française which owed its origin to Louis XIV in 1680. The theatre enjoys a world-wide reputation and inlcudes in its repertoire all the famous ancient and modern French authors' and dramatists' works. Its interior contains a fine collection of statues and portrait busts, and a museum of relics of Molière and other writers."
Publisher: Raphael Tuck's & Sons; "Oilette"; Paris II; 7631
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Front Text: "Paris, Le Theâtre Français - National Theatre"
Publisher: L'Abeille, Paris
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Front Text: "Theâtre Français et Statue d'Alfred de Musset, Vue de Nuit - Paris - Théâtre Français, Statue Alfred de Musset, View at nigth" [sic!]
Publisher: Éditions Paul Luciani, Paris
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Reverse Text: "Comédie-Française, Salle de la Comédie-Française, Rideau d'avant-scène d'Olivier Debré"
Publisher: Comédie-Française
Size: Modern
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Reverse Text: "Comédie-Française, Salle de la Comédie-Française, Corbeille et balcons"
Publisher: Comédie-Française
Size: Modern
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Reverse Text: "Comédie-Française, Salle de la Comédie-Française, Vestibule et escalier d'honneur"
Publisher: Comédie-Française
Size: Modern
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Reverse Text: "Comédie-Française, Salle de la Comédie-Française, Foyer du public Pierre Dux, la cheminée monumentale, avec le buste de Molière"
Publisher: Comédie-Française
Size: Modern
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Reverse Text: "Comédie-Française, Salle de la Comédie-Française, Foyer du public Pierre Dux, pris de la galerie des bustes"
Publisher: Comédie-Française
Size: Modern
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[Paris: Comedie-Francaise] Reverse Text: "Comédie-Française, Salle de la Comédie-Française, Galerie des bustes"
Publisher: Comédie-Française
Size: Modern
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