The Théâtre des Célestins is a municipal theatre, located in the heart of the city, and directed by Claudia Stavisky and Marc Lesage. It is a unique cultural institution with a long and very specific history : the first building dates back to 1792 on the ruins of a Celestine monastery; the present building is from 1881. The Théâtre des Célestins is one of the rare French theatres, alongside the Comédie-Française and the Théâtre de l’Odéon, to commemorate more than two centuries of dramatic art. In 2005, the Théâtre des Célestins re-opened after two years of work, to reveal one of the best Italian-style theatres in Europe. In addition to the Italian theater of 750 seats, it has a second room, the Célestine, which has 130 seats and can be adjustable.
In 2015, the Théâtre des Célestins opened a new chapter of its history in the metropolitan area Lyon Métropole. As a theatre in the heart of the city, it take a part in further enhancing Lyon’s prestige while ensuring it stays close to his public, creating a platform for and promoting dialogue among citizens and, by uniting actors and the public, building a future together.
Since 2017, the Théâtre des Célestins is part of the European Route of Historic Theatres, a circuit which registers in a large European project aiming at promoting the extraordinary heritage of the historical theatres in Europe.
As a creative theatre open to the world, the Théâtre des Célestins celebrates a decade of artistic adventure, presenting major works from the classical repertoire and contemporary productions alike, new talents and great masters, emblematic internationally renowned actors and rising stars, revelations from the Conservatoire de Lyon, from ENSATT and from the schools of dramatic art in the Rhône-Alpes region.
With its 36 productions, 251 shows, 3 new productions, 10 co-productions and 14 foreign shows, the 2017/2018 season confirm its commitment to promoting creative work.
With its resolutely eclectic outlook, the Théâtre des Célestins seeks diversity for all.