Edmond by Alexis Michalik at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in October 2024: our review

Published by Philippine de Sortiraparis, Julie de Sortiraparis · Published on July 12th, 2024 at 11:21 a.m.
Edmond, Alexis Michalik's third play, premiered at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in 2016, is still running at the Théâtre du Ier Arrondissement. After more than 5 Molières awards, the play returns from October 11 to December 22, 2024.

Alexis Michalik 's playEdmond returns to the Théâtre du Palais-Royal from October 11 to December 22, 2024. This play is an ode to the creation of Cyrano de Bergerac. The critically acclaimed show, which won five Molières, offers a fascinating reconstruction of the challenges faced by Edmond Rostand in writing his masterpiece.

With a dynamic staging and a talented cast of twelve actors, Alexis Michalik succeeds in captivating his audience, skilfully blending humor, passion and moments of pure emotion. Edmond transports the audience to late 19th-century Paris, offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of artistic creation, in the magnificent setting of the Théâtre du Palais Royal . Historical and fictional characters intersect in a story that goes far beyond a simple biography of Edmond Rostand, exploring themes of love, friendship and the quest for artistic perfection.

Edmond, reprising for a new season in October at the Théâtre du Palais Royal, appeals to a wide audience: from classical theater fans to history buffs, as well as those simply looking for an evening of quality entertainment. Nevertheless, purists looking for a strict adaptation of Rostand's works may be surprised by the narrative liberties taken by Alexis Michalik to enrich the show.

Alexis Michalik, the author and director ofEdmond, is renowned for his ingenuity and exceptional narrative talent. His work is characterized by an innovative theatrical dynamic, blending history, emotion and humor. With a rich and varied career in French theater, Michalik has won over audiences and critics alike, racking up prestigious awards including several Molières. His ability to revisit and energize historical moments through the prism of modern theater has made him a key figure on the French cultural scene. The play, on at the Théâtre du Palais Royal since 2016, is a masterful celebration of the creative spirit, and a must-see for all lovers of French theater and literature from October 11, 2024 .

Our review:

Well-known to the general public, playwright Alexis Michalik doesn't disappoint audiences. You're plunged straight into the late 19th century as soon as you enter the auditorium, with the actors already on stage and chatting amongst themselves. The staging is intelligent, effective and dynamic, leaving no time for boredom. We're quickly seduced by the accuracy of the actors and moved byEdmond Rostand's anguish. The playwright is unable to write his play and is convinced that it will be a flop. Benoît Constant Coquelin, who will play Cyrano, urges Edmond to continue. At the same time, Edmond finds himself in a love triangle between his best friend and the woman he wishes to marry. He uses this situation to write his play.

We drink in the words of Cyrano de Bergerac, recited by the actors during rehearsals, in this superb mise en abîme. The play ends triumphantly, and we find ourselves applauding as spectators and actors alike, the applause serving the play as well. A must-see play. Great Michalik, never to tire of.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From October 11th, 2024 to December 22th, 2024

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    38, rue de Montpensier
    75001 Paris 1

    Accessibility info

    €18 - €63

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