Paris: Théâtre de la Ville

Country: France
Department, Region: Paris, Île-de-France
City: Paris
Location: IV.; 2, place du Châtelet

Built 1860-1862 as "Théâtre Lyrique" by Gabriel Davioud (named after the "Théâtre Lyrique" founded at another site in 1847). Originally intended for opera performances. Damaged by fire resulting from acts of war in 1871. Subsequently restored, re-opened 1875 as "Théâtre Historique". 1879 renamed "Théâtre des Nations". 1883 renamed "Théâtre Italien". 1885 renamed "Théâtre de Paris". 1887-1898 home to the "Opéra-Comique". 1898 renamed "Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt" after the actress and theatre director, Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923). 1936 renamed "Théâtre du Peuple". 1941-1942 renovations by Charles Dullin. 1942 renamed "Théâtre de la Cité". 1949 renamed "Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt". 1957 renamed "Théâtre des Nations". 1967-1968 renovations and major interior rebuilding by Perrottet, Fabre, and Allio. 1968 renamed "Théâtre de la Ville". Stage technology damaged by a fire in 1982. Subsequently restored. Re-opened 1 Nov 1983.

The building includes two theatre halls: "Grand salle" (originally 1700 seats, since 1968: 1033 seats) and "Petite Salle" (opened Nov 1996, 400 seats). Currently used for drama, dance, and popular entertainment performances.

[Paris: Theatre de la Ville]

Ticket 12 Nov 1909

Notable world premieres:
  • Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (30 Sep 1863)
  • Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (final 3 acts [Carthage], 4 Nov 1863)
  • Edouard Lalo: Le Roi d'Ys (7 May 1888)
  • Jules Massenet: Esclarmonde (14 May 1889)
  • Jules Massenet: Le Portrait de Manon (8 May 1894)
  • Benjamin Godard: La Vivandière (1 Apr 1895)
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Le Pas d'acier (7 June 1927)
  • Igor Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex (concert performance, 20 May 1927)
  • Jean-Paul Sartre: Les Mouches (3 June 1943)
  • Jean-Paul Sartre: Kean ou Désordre et Génie (14 Nov 1953)
  • Coline Serreau: Lapin Lapin (4 Jan 1986)
  • Edward Bond: In the Company of Men (29 Sep 1992)

Link: www.theatredelaville-paris.com

[Paris: Theatre de la Ville] Front Text: inscription: "Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt"
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
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For another postcard of this theatre, see Paris: Théâtre du Châtelet.

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