An event filled with entertainments… For the 36thedition of European Heritage Days, the Comédie-Française invites drama amateurs to go behind the scenes on September 21 and 22, 2019. A cultural weekend during which Parisians and tourists can discover for free the most beautiful museums, buildings and other French institutions over a special theme “Art and Entertainment” also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Ministry of Culture.
On European Heritage Days menu, guided tours are provided to curious people telling about “the story and use of the theater through its collection of works of art, as well as its current use”. Tours scheduled on Saturday September 21 and Sunday 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by registration.
And for those who are already impatient to lean more about this iconic building in Paris 1st arrondissement, here’s a historic memo: the Comédie Française is an Italian theater buit between 1786 and 1790 by Victor Louis in the Salle Richelieu at the Palais Royal. The Comédie-Française company, created in 1680 at the Hôtel de Génégaud, settles in in 1799. The theater undergoes several alterations in 1822, in the 1860’s and 1864, then, following a fire in 1900. Today again, this cultural venue radiates with traditional pieces.
For the story: the theater is nicknamed “La Maison de Molière” [Molière’s house], the latter have been considered as the “boss” of the institution. The famous playwright yet passed away seven years prior to the creation of the first Comédie-Française company… Note that the chair on which Molière died on stage is exhibited here, at the back of the Galerie des Bustes. The occasion to discover a very curious “artefact” as well as an institution keeping on creating new productions. Let’s go, friends!
European Heritage Days 2019 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:
And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:
From 21 September 2019 to 22 September 2019
1 Place Colette
75001 Paris 1
Métro ligne 1 et 7 station "Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre"
Entrée administration, colonnes de Buren