The Last Metro

By
François Truffaut
Direction
Dorian Rossel
Performed by
Sophie Broustal, Antoine Courvoisier, Mathieu Delmonté, Thomas Diébold, Érik Gerken, Leslie Granger, Delphine Lanza, Bérangère Mastrangelo, Pauline Parigot, Julie-Kazuko Rahir, Aurélia Thierrée

Swiss director Dorian Rossel is adapting François Truffaut’s ten-César-winning film. An ode to freedom and creativity. Keeping art alive despite the war and using poetry as a means of escaping a world in ruins. This is the objective of Dernier […]

Scapin the Schemer

By
Molière
Direction
Denis Podalydès
Performed by
la troupe de la Comédie-Française

Denis Podalydès embarks the company from the Comédie-Française in a playful adaptation Les Fourberies de Scapin. The port of Naples is awash with sails, masts, ladders, blocks of wood, and suspended fishing nets… For his Scapin the Schemer, Denis Podalydès […]

Rabbit hole

By
David Lindsay-Abaire
Direction
Claudia Stavisky
Performed by
Julie Gayet, Patrick Catalifo, Lolita Chammah, Christiane Cohendy et Renan Prévot

This was a great success for us last season. A creation rich in subtlety and feeling for which Claudia Stavisky has put together a truly brilliant cast: Julie Gayet, Patrick Catalifo, Lolita Chammah, Christiane Cohendy and Renan Prévot. How can […]

VxH - The Human Voice

By
Jean Cocteau et Falk Richter
Direction
Roland Auzet
Performed by
Irène Jacob

Under the direction of composer and producer Roland Auzet, Irène Jacob treats us to a quite extraordinary theatrical performance. In The Human Voice, Jean Cocteau reveals the loneliness of a woman deserted by her lover, who calls him on the […]

Bestie di scena

By
Emma Dante
Performed by
Elena Borgogni, Sandro Maria Campagna, Viola Carinci, Italia Carroccio, Davide Celona, Sabino Civilleri, Roberto Galbo, Carmine Maringola, Ivano Picciallo, Leonarda Saffi, Daniele Savarino, Stéphanie Taillandier, Emilia Verginelli, Marta zollet et avec Daniela Macaluso et Gabriele Gugliara

For the first time at Les Célestins, celebrated Italian director Emma Dante strips our humanity bare. Fourteen actors. Seven women and seven men on an empty stage: no script, no characters, no set, no costumes, no music…just the actors-dancers who […]

Elvira

By
Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman
Direction
Toni Servillo
Performed by
Toni Servillo, Petra Valentini, Francesco Marino, Davide Cirri

Great Italian actor Toni Servillo breathes new life into Louis Jouvet’s drama classes. A celebration of the theatre as an antidote to the brutality of History. A small table, a few chairs, a dais: in this atmosphere of utmost austerity, […]

Incertain Monsieur Tokbar

By
Michel Laubu, Émili Hufnagel / Turak Théâtre
Performed by
Charly Frénéa, Émili Hufnagel ou Caroline Cybula, Michel Laubu, Patrick Murys, distribution en cours

His world of cobbled-together poetry fascinates children and adults alike. Half-way between the theatre of objects and puppetry, Turak Theatre carries us away on the whim of a memory. But who is Monsieur Tokbar – this funny character who travels […]

I haven’t begun to live yet

By
Tatiana Frolova / Théâtre KnAM
Performed by
Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Tatiana Frolova, German Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova

This was one of the high points of the Sens Interdits Festival in 2017. Tatiana Frolova is back, mingling the personal with the historical in an uncompromising portrait of today’s Russia. Over 7,000 miles separate Lyon from Komsomolsk-on-Amur. It was […]

Scala

By
Yoann Bourgeois
Performed by
Mehdi Baki, Valérie Doucet, Damien Droin, Nicolas Fayol, Émilien Janneteau, Zoé Leduc, Florence Peyrard, Lucas Struna

Acrobat, juggler, dancer, actor, director… Yoann Bourgeois defines himself first and foremost as an expert in art of acting. Here he gives us his most recent creation based on the real and the imaginary. Yoann Bourgeois loves to take all […]

Bells and Spells

By
Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Performed by
Aurélia Thierrée et Jaime Martinez

There is plenty of humour and a spark of absurdity in Victoria Thierrée Chaplin’s world. For the new show, Aurélia Thierrée gets inside the skin of a kleptomaniac. In 2016, James Thierrée enthralled us with La Grenouille avait raison – […]

Love

By
Compagnie Marie de Jongh
Performed by
Pablo Ibarluzea, Ana Martinez, Ana Meabe, Javier Renobales, Anduriña Zurutuza

Without saying a word, the artists from the Marie de Jongh company speak to us of love and the passage of time. A venture into a poetic theatre of physical expression and emotion. They first open the doors to childhood. […]

Wasted

By
Kate Tempest
Direction
Gabriel Dufay
Performed by
Clément Bresson, Gabriel Dufay, Claire Sermonne

At the point where theatre, cinema, dance, and urban music converge, Fracassés paints a portrait of a generation via three modern characters in search of meaning. Ted, a low-ranking functionary, is a prisoner of the monotony of his office job. […]

Arctic

By
Anne-Cécile Vandalem / Das Fräulein (Kompanie)
Performed by
Frédéric Dailly, Guy Dermul, Éric Drabs, Véronique Dumont, Philippe Grand'Henry, Épona Guillaume, Zoé Kovacs, Gianni Manente, Jean-Benoit Ugeux, Mélanie Zucconi

Anne-Cécile Vandalem creates an astonishing seafaring tale: a cross between psychological thriller and surrealist comedy. “Those who are familiar with my work know how I love to combine genres to create new ones”, reveals Anne-Cécile Vandalem. Surrealist comedy, futuristic tale, […]

White Sun

By
Julie Bérès
Performed by
Valentine Alaqui, Laurent Cazanave, Kyrie Kristmanson, Estelle Meyer, Jenna Thiam, distribution en cours

How can we talk about the environment, about nature, without falling prey to a form of paralysing defeatism? Julie Berès has created a theatrical tale which examines our relationship with nature. Can we change our view of nature, to see […]

The Lady with the Camellias

By
Alexandre Dumas fils
Direction
Arthur Nauzyciel
Performed by
Pierre Baux, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Mounir Margoum, Joana Preiss, distribution en cours

They are one of our literary pantheon’s most famous couples. Marguerite Gautier and Armand Duval experience love and suffering in Arthur Nauzyciel’s play. Alexandre Dumas took inspiration from his own life to write The Lady with the Camellias in 1848 […]

Book of My Mother

By
Albert Cohen (©Éditions Gallimard)
Direction
Dominique Pitoiset
Performed by
Patrick Timsit

For thirty years, Patrick Timsit has wanted to make his own version of Book of My Mother, Albert Cohen’s autobiographical tale. He is now making this dream a reality, in a fantastic instant of theatrical intimacy. There is no grandiose […]

The Collection

By
Harold Pinter
Direction
Ludovic Lagarde
Performed by
Micha Lescot, Laurent Poitrenaux, distribution en cours

One woman, three men: numerous possibilities. Ludovic Lagarde explores the enigmatic world of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature winner. In the world of British dramatist Harold Pinter (1930-2008), nothing is ever as it seems at first glance. Reality is […]

Le Rosaire des voluptés épineuses

By
Stanislas Rodanski
Direction
Georges Lavaudant
Performed by
Louis Beyler, Frédéric Borie, Élodie Buisson, Clovis Fouin, Frédéric Roudier

Between mystery and illumination, Georges Lavaudant takes us on a voyage into the captivating world of surrealist poet Stanislas Rodanski, A man with a hypnotic presence, a woman-chimera who could have stepped out of an Alfred Hitchcock film, the enigma […]

Thyestes

By
Sénèque
Direction
Thomas Jolly
Performed by
Damien Avice, Éric Challier, Émeline Frémont, Thomas Jolly, Annie Mercier, Charline Porrone, Lamya Regragui et deux enfants

The last time we saw him was three years ago, in an explosive Richard III. Thomas Jolly continues his exploration of the monstrous with Seneca’s Thyestes. This is one of the ten tragedies Seneca wrote, which has travelled through the […]

Iphigénie

By
Jean Racine
Direction
Chloé Dabert
Performed by
Yann Boudaud, Bénédicte Cerutti, Victoire Du Bois, Servane Ducorps, Olivier Dupuy, Sébastien Eveno, Julien Honoré, Arthur Verret

Created for the Avignon Festival in 2018, this contemporary vision of Racine’s tragedy draws on the very source of myth to shine a light into the darkest depths of war and religious fanaticism. In Iphigénie, Jean Racine takes us to […]

Ultra-Girl vs Schopenhauer

Direction
Cédric Rouillat / Compagnie de Onze à Trois heures
Performed by
David Bescond, Sahra Daugreilh, Laure Giappiconi

Lyon-based photographer Cédric Roulliat presents his first creation for theatre: a kitsch, pop-culture glimpse into the fantasy world of a comic-strip superheroine. Lyon. The beginning of the 1980s. Edwige, a young translator, grew up dreaming of super-heroines in American comics […]

J'ai pris mon père sur mes épaules

By
Fabrice Melquiot
Direction
Arnaud Meunier
Performed by
Rachida Brakni, Vincent Garanger, Riad Gahmi, Nathalie Matter, Bénédicte Mbemba, Maurin Ollès, Frédérico Semedo, Philippe Torreton

For his newest creation, Arnaud Meunier brings Rachida Brakni and Philippe Torreton together on stage. A comic and desperate epic loosely based on Virgil’s Aeneid Legend has it that Aeneas fled the ruined city of Troy, carrying his blinded and […]

Logique du pire

By
Étienne Lepage
Direction
Étienne Lepage et Frédérick Gravel
Performed by
Marie Bernier, Philippe Boutin, Yannick Chapdelaine, Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon, Marilyn Perreault

They both come from Quebec. Étienne Lepage and Frédérick Gravel play with our taste for everyday acts of cruelty. Cutting and corrosive. One of their previous plays was called Ainsi parlait – Thus spoke – a nod to Friedrich Nietzsche’s […]

Opening Night

By
John Cromwell et John Cassavetes
Direction
Cyril Teste
Performed by
Isabelle Adjani, Morgan Lloyd Sicard, Frédéric Pierrot

This is one of the big events of the season: an open road between theatre and cinema, starring an exceptional actor. Opening Night is mostly known for the film adaptation by John Cassavetes in 1977 starring Gena Rowlands. What is […]

OMG

By
Ioana Pǎun
Performed by
Costi Apostol, Alexandrina Ioana Costea, Abdel Fatahou, Sebastian Marina, Fatma Mohamed, Elena Popa, Paula Rotar

At the point of convergence between drama, social sciences and new technology, young Romanian director Ioana Pǎun explores our connection with reality and the notion of identity. We are as close as possible to the actors, on both sides of […]

Artists Talk

By
Gianina Cărbunariu
Performed by
Ruxandra Maniu, Ilinca Manolache, Alexandru Potocean, Gabriel Răuță, Bogdan Zamfir

She is one of the top names in Romanian theatre. Gianina Cărbunariu presents Artists Talk: a critique, dripping with irony, of artists and their level of commitment in the modern world. In 2014, at the Avignon Festival, Gianina Cărbunariu explored […]

Le faiseur de théâtre

By
Thomas Bernhard
Direction
Christophe Perton
Performed by
Agathe L'Huillier, André Marcon, distribution en cours

Completely hopeless, wonderfully sarcastic, the great Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard takes a vitriolic look at our petty, tragicomic lives. He talks in digressions, he never stops pontificating. He holds forth on life, on art – as well as on the […]

La Place Royale

By
Pierre Corneille
Direction
Claudia Stavisky
Performed by
Distribution en cours

To the lively and irreverential tune of Tu veux ou tu veux pas, Claudia Stavisky makes the lovers’ breath in Corneille’s piece come in gasps. In the 17th century, Place Royale in Paris was the name given to what is […]

Le Monde renversé

By
Collectif Marthe / Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Itto Mehdaoui
Performed by
Clara Bonnet, Marie-Ange Gagnaux, Aurélia Lüscher, Itto Mehdaoui

Four young actors take a fresh look at the myth surrounding witches. A caustic play which lays bare the historical mechanisms of female persecution. Over the centuries, we have portrayed them as poisoners, penis thieves, embryo devourers, lustful old women […]

Anthologie du cauchemar

By
Marcia Barcellos, Karl Biscuit / Système Castafiore
Performed by
les danseurs Tuomas Lahti, Daphné Mauger, Sara Pasquier, distribution en cours

Choreographed scenes, sound installations, visual compositions… The Système Castafiore company explores the phantasmagoria of our dreams in a completely immersive experience. Marcia Barcellos and Karl Biscuit founded the Système Castafiore company in 1990, focusing on setting the creative forces of […]