Today, we cannot talk about the Comédie-Française without mentioning the name of the great Molière, as he seems so closely linked to this illustrious company. However, the theatre master had already died when King Louis XIV decided in 1680 to bring his troupe together with that of the Hôtel de Bourgogne, which was under the patronage of Racine, to officially create the Comédie-Française. After several relocations, the actors finally put their suitcases and sets down in 1799 in the Palais Royal building. The Salle Richelieu then became the historical theatre of the Comédie-Française.
The Comédie-Française, a major cultural institution
More than 300 years after the troupe's creation, the most important pieces of the classical repertoire are still played under the dome of this magnificent Italian-style hall. Contemporary theatre** is not forgotten with the performance of some of the most important works of playwrights. The Comédie-Française has two additional venues: the théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in the heart of the Saint-Germain des Prés district and the Studio-Théâtre in the Carrousel du Louvre gallery.
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Access and contact
Metro Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre, lines 1 et 7 Bus 21, 27, 39, 48, 67, 68, 69, 81, 95
Théâtre du Vieux Colombier – 21 rue du Vieux-Colombier 75006 Paris Metro Saint-Sulpice, line 4 / Sèvres-Babylone, lines 10 et 12 Bus 39, 63, 68, 70, 83, 84, 86, 87, 95, 96
Days and opening hours
All year round, daily. Salle Richelieu Shows from Monday to Sunday, at 8:30pm and Saturday to Sunday at 2pm.
Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier Shows from Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7pm and Sunday at 4pm.
Studio-Théâtre Shows from Wednesday to Sunday at 6:30pm.
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