Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, a unique cultural venue

Published by Philippine de Sortiraparis · Published on April 18th, 2024 at 08:11 p.m.
The Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, just a stone's throw from La Chapelle station, offers a varied program of concerts, theater and opera. A place steeped in history, now a listed building.

The Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, at 37bis boulevard de la Chapelle, was built on the foundations of an abandoned barracks. Inaugurated in 1876, the theater struggled to attract audiences for many years, due to its out-of-the-way location from the fashionable Parisian neighborhoods of the time.

The theater closed on the eve of the First World War and reopened in 1917 as a music hall, after being bought out by Oscar Dufrenne and Henry Varna. Following the death of its two directors, the theater was abandoned in 1935. It was only ten years later, at the end of the Second World War, that a young director, Jean Serge, took over the venue and created the "Théâtre des Carrefours ".

Unfortunately, the theatre was closed in 1952, as it did not comply with safety regulations. After a somewhat chaotic run, the theater was bought in1969 by Narcisse Zecchinel, an Italian entrepreneur, who reopened the theater in 1974 with Timon d'Athènes, adapted by Jean-Claude Carrière and directed by Peter Brook. Since 2010, the theater has been under the direction of Olivier Mantei and Olivier Poubelle.

With a highly varied program, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord invites audiences to discovermusical concerts, operas and plays. The theater also produces a large proportion of the shows and concerts performed in its 503-seat auditorium.

The Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, a listed theater, at 37bis boulevard de la Chapelle in Paris's 10th arrondissement .

Practical information


37 bis boulevard de la Chapelle
75010 Paris 10

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