Rabbit Hole

By
David Lindsay-Abaire
Direction
Claudia Stavisky
Performed by
Julie Gayet, Patrick Catalifo, Lolita Chammah, Nanou Garcia, Renan Prévot

This 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire paints a nuanced portrait of Becky and Howard, who each try in their own way to recover from the accidental death of their son. But when this family of ‘three’ reverts to […]

In the skin of the monster

By
« Lilli / HEINER intra-muros » de Lucie Depauw et « Intégral dans ma peau » de Stéphanie Marchais
Direction
Cécile Auxire-Marmouget et Christian Taponard
Performed by
Cécile Auxire-Marmouget, Coralie Leblan, Christian Taponard, Valentin Dilas, Marin Moreau, Raphaële Thiercelin, Lisa Torres

To bring Lilli/HEINER intra-muros by Lucie Depauw and Intégral dans ma peau by Stéphanie Marchais to the stage is to present the cast with demanding and subtle roles because of their acuity, poetry and musicality. Situated between humour and tragedy, […]

Tarkovski, the body of the poet

By
Julien Gaillard, Antoine de Baecque et Andreï Tarkovski
Direction
Simon Delétang
Performed by
Hélène Alexandridis, Thierry Gibault, Stanislas Nordey, Pauline Panassenko, Jean-Yves Ruf

One only has to pronounce his name to detect defiance in the demeanor of one’s interlocutor or, inversely, see their eyes light up in anticipation. His films are the cinematic equivalent of de Vinci’s paintings or Bach’s sonatas, both of […]

How are you ?

By
Jean-Claude Grumberg
Direction
Daniel Benoin
Performed by
Pierre Cassignard, François Marthouret, Éric Prat

Jean-Claude Grumberg is a linguistic genius who has mastered the art of using words and formulas effectively, and he possesses a sharp sense of what does or does not make sense. How are you is presented as a kind of […]

I haven’t begun to live yet

Direction
Tatiana Frolova / Théâtre KnAM
Performed by
Dmitrii Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Tatiana Frolova, Germain Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova

1991 saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, but just before disappearing it gave birth to its last generation amidst the ruins of an immense dream. These children of the Nineties became a generation ‘in limbo’ which had learned how […]

Body Revolution & Waiting

By
Mokhallad Rasem
Performed by
Body Revolution : (Mostafa Benkerroum, Ehsan Hemat, Lore Uyttendaele) / Waiting : (Ehsan Hemat, Lore Uyttendaele, Jessa Wildemeersch)

Two performances which analyse the force of images in warfare and capture the mood of a people who have been ravaged by violence but still need poetry. Mokhallad Rasem begins with the human body. How does it react to images […]

The mission (Souvenir d’une révolution)

By
Heiner Müller
Direction
Matthias Langhoff
Performed by
Javier Amblo, Susy Arduz Rojas, Fernando Azoge, Selma Baldiviezo Cassis, Alana Delgadillo, Jessie Gutierrez, Óscar Leaño, Antonio Peredo Gonzales, Marcela Mendez, Marcelo Sosa, Gabriela Tapia (membres d’Amassunu, troupe permanente de l’École nationale de théâtre Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivie)

Matthias Langhoff is one of the living legends of world theatre whose work plunges into the heart of the issues he addresses. The Mission recounts the story of three emissaries who, during the later years of the French Revolution, travel […]

Eva Perón & the homosexual

By
Copi
Direction
Marcial Di Fonzo Bo
Performed by
Carlos Defeo, Rodolfo De Souza, Hernàn Franco, Gustavo Liza, Juan Gil Navarro, Rosario Varela, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo

Thirty years after his death, the Cervantes-Teatro Nacional Argentino has inducted Copi into the pantheon of 20th century Argentinian dramaturgy with the presentation of two of his plays by Marcial Di Fonzo. Copi wrote Eva Perón in 1970 whilst in […]

The life I gave you

By
Luigi Pirandello
Direction
Jean Liermier
Performed by
Hélène Alexandridis, Viviana Aliberti, Michel Cassagne, Marie Fontannaz, Sara Louis, Clotilde Mollet, Elena Noverraz, Yann Pugin, Raphaël Vachoux

He reappears in the manner of a prodigal son after a long absence, his long-awaiting mother welcomes him back, yet despite his absence he had never really left. Refusing to accept the reality of the death of her son soon […]

Love and forests

By
Éric Reinhardt
Direction
Laurent Bazin
Performed by
Julia Faure, Fabien Joubert, Chloé Sourbet, Céline Toutain et les voix et l'image d'Isabelle Adjani

With its lyricism and the aesthetics of beauty Eric Reinhardt’s Love and Forests is a sensitive voyage to the heart of a damaged human spirit. A woman in the throes of conjugal hell confides her feelings to a writer she […]

Twenty thousand leagues under the sea

By
Jules Verne
Direction
Christian Hecq et Valérie Lesort
Performed by
la troupe de la Comédie-Française : Laurent Natrella, Christian Gonon, Christian Hecq, Nicolas Lormeau, Noam Morgensztern et Thomas Guerry et la voix de Cécile Brune

Prepare yourself to board the Nautilus, the legendary vessel commanded by the no less legendary Captain Nemo! Christian Hecq, from the Comédie-Française, has entered the world of marionettes, most notably with the assistance of Phillippe Genty and Mary Underwood as […]

Arturo Brachetti

By
Arturo Brachetti
Performed by
Arturo Brachetti

Easily recognizable because of his distinctive crest of hair, the world’s greatest transformist actor is back with a new one-man show.  Thanks to his technical virtuosity and music hall background this master of Italian metamorphosis breathes some of the magic […]

Ramona

By
Rezo Gabriadze
Performed by
les marionnettistes Tamar Amirajibi, Anna Nijaradze, Nino Sajaia, Giorgi Giorgobiani, Irakli Sharashidze, Niko Gelovani

This tragic tale and improbable plot tells the story of an impossible love affair in a railway station in the URSS involving a small and tender-hearted locomotive called Ramona and a robustly solid locomotive called Ermon, who are often destined […]

Marshall de phantie’s diamond

By
Rezo Gabriadze
Performed by
les marionnettistes Tamar Amirajibi, Anna Nijaradze, Nino Sajaia, Giorgi Giorgobiani, Irakli Sharashidze, Niko Gelovani, Badri Gvazava

Straight out of the mythic lair of the master of marionettes from Tbilisi in Georgia, this little jewel of theatre is a dramatic comedy about a little-known story – that of the ancient and extraordinary fraternal history of France and […]

Flight a play in eight dreams

By
Mikhaïl Boulgakov
Direction
Macha Makeïeff
Performed by
Pascal Rénéric, Vanessa Fonte, Vincent Winterhalter, Thomas Morris, Geoffroy Rondeau, Alain Fromager, Pierre Hancisse, Sylvain Levitte, Samuel Glaumé, Karyll Elgrichi, Emilie Pictet… et une petite fille (en alternance Sarina Dian Siriczman, Tess Genre, Salomé Narboni)

Boulgakov, a master of comedy and the art of the fantastic, presents Flight: a play in eight dreams, a mystical, deep, drole and hallucinatory stage play. This is a frenetic piece of vaudeville about defeat and exile during the madness […]

Cooking with Elvis

By
Lee Hall
Direction
Pierre Maillet
Performed by
Cécile Bournay, Matthieu Cruciani, Pierre Maillet, Anne-Élodie Sorlin

Pierre Maillet describes this play by Lee Hall as a dramatic comedy with musical intervals and tragic-comic cabaret. The story is seen through the eyes of a teenage lover of cupcakes, and it tells the tale of a family on […]

Margot

By
Christopher Marlowe
Direction
Laurent Brethome
Performed by
Fabien Albanese, Florian Bardet, Heidi Becker-Babel, Maxence Bod, Vincent Bouyé, Dominique Delavigne, Leslie Granger, Antoine Herniotte, François Jaulin, Thierry Jolivet, Julien Kosellek, Clémence Labatut, Denis Lejeune, Nicolas Mollard, Savannah Rol et Philippe Sire

What are the origins of barbarity and how does it manifest itself? Those are the questions that Laurent Brethome looks into with his version of The Massacre at Paris by Christopher Marlowe. This play recounts the engaged and critical regard […]

Novecento

By
Alessandro Baricco
Direction
André Dussollier
Performed by
André Dussollier et les musiciens Michel Bocchi, Olivier Andrès, Elio Di Tanna, Sylvain Gontard

With André Dussollier and the musicians Michel Bocchi, Olivier Andrès, Elio Di Tanna, Sylvain Gontard An abandoned baby in the banquet room of a cruise liner in 1920 is found and temporarily adopted by one of the ship’s engineers. The […]

A eulogy for the night

By
Ingrid Astier
Direction
Gérald Garutti
Performed by
Pierre Richard

The night has its own mood, that of confidences. A eulogy for the Night by Ingrid Astier is the story of a dream, a narrow escape and an ode for the beauty of our nocturnal lives. Gérard Garutti seizes this […]

The rivers and the forests

By
Marguerite Duras
Direction
Michel Didym
Performed by
Brigitte Catillon (en alternance avec Anne Benoît), Catherine Matisse, Charlie Nelson et le chien Zigou

Marguerite is having fun. Willingly facetious, she likes to turn up where she is not expected, and humour is arguably the most original and unrecognised aspect of Durassian dramaturgy. A rather vulgar man is bitten by a dog that can […]

The search

By
Alexandra Badea
Direction
Anne Théron
Performed by
les actrices Liza Blanchard, Judith Henry, Nathalie Richard, Maryvonne Schiltz et les acteurs des films Yannick Choirat, Alex Descas, Wajdi Mouawad, Laurent Poitrenaux

Alexandra Badea presents a hard-hitting work that explores a favourite theme of crime thrillers. This is the story of a woman who is trying to find another woman without knowing why, or even if she is still alive. Clara is […]

Actress

Direction
Pascal Rambert
Performed by
Marina Hands, Audrey Bonnet et Elmer Bäck, Luc Bataïni, Emmanuel Cuchet, Jean Guizerix, Yuming Hey, Lyna Khoudri, Ruth Nüesch, Jakob Öhrman, Rasmus Slätis, Laetitia Somé, Hélène Thil et deux enfants Anas Abidar en alternance avec Nathan Aznar

Nobody can doubt the extent of Pascal Rambert’s passion for actresses, and since the success of Clôture de l’amour he has revealed his talent for contrasting physical movement and words on stage. He displays his talent here in the context […]

George Dandin or the chastened husband

By
Molière
Direction
Jean-Pierre Vincent
Performed by
Olivia Chatain*, Gabriel Durif, Aurélie Édeline*, Vincent Garanger*, Iannis Haillet, Élizabeth Mazev, Anthony Poupard*, Alain Rimoux *Troupe permanente du Préau

A rich farmer who emerges from the shadows of the simple lifestyle that has obscured his personality for too long, George Dandin wants to “change his name, become somebody else, become someone, with the result being that he becomes even […]

Loveless

By
Claude Jaget
Direction
Anne Buffet, Yann Dacosta
Performed by
Anne Buffet, Jade Collinet, Rébecca Chaillon, Julien Cussonneau, Marie Petiot, Susanne Schmidt

With Anne Buffet, Jade Collinet, Rébecca Chaillon, Julien Cussonneau, Marie Petiot, Susanne Schmidt This story was constructed around the testimonies of prostitutes during their occupation in 1975 of the church of Saint-Nizier, Lyon. Their occupation represented the first attempt by […]

Sadnesses

By
Anne-Cécile Vandalem / Das Fräulein (Kompanie)
Performed by
Vincent Cahay, Anne-Pascale Clairembourg, Épona Guillaume, Séléné Guillaume en alternance avec Asia Amans, Pierre Kissling, Vincent Lécuyer, Catherine Mestoussis en alternance avec Zoé Kovacs, Jean-Benoit Ugeux, Anne-Cécile Vandalem en alternance avec Florence Janas, Françoise Vanhecke et Alexandre Von Sivers

Sadnesses recounts the rise of the extreme right movement in Denmark and the moment which saw its leader mourning the death of his mother, who had hanged herself with the national flag. Anne-Cécile Vandalem presents her striking film images and […]

The quat’sous dialect

By
Annie Ernaux
Direction
Laurence Cordier
Performed by
Delphine Cogniard, Aline Le Berre, Laurence Roy

Torn between the values of her modest origins and those of the intellectual milieu to which she wishes to belong, Denise, a brilliant student who finds herself confronted with the brutal realities of clandestine abortion, leads us into the sensual […]

Bluebird

By
Simon Stephens
Direction
Claire Devers
Performed by
Philippe Torreton, Baptiste Dezerces, Serge Larivière, Marion Malenfant, Julie-Anne Roth

There are certain actors whose exceptional talent demands that they be given exceptional roles which reflect their abilities, and that is why Claire Devers cast Grégory Gadebois in the role of Jimmy, a taxi driver. In the time it takes […]

The faraway country

By
Jean-Luc Lagarce
Direction
Clément Hervieu-Léger
Performed by
Aymeline Alix, Louis Berthélémy, Audrey Bonnet, Clémence Boué, Loïc Corbery de la Comédie-Française, Vincent Dissez, François Nambot, Guillaume Ravoire, Daniel San Pedro, Nada Strancar, Stanley Weber

This is the story of last remaining fragments of the life of Louis which takes place in the presence of those who are now reaching the very end of their own lives and approaching the temporal meeting point between life […]

Professor Bernhardi

By
Arthur Schnitzler
Direction
Thomas Ostermeier
Performed by
Damir Avdic, Veronika Bachfischer, Thomas Bading, Robert Beyer, Johannes Flaschberger, Christoph Gawenda, Moritz Gottwald, Jorg Hartmann, Laurenz Laufenberg, Eva Meckbach, David Ruland, Sebastian Schwarz, Konrad Singer, Lukas Turtur

Professor Bernhardi, a doctor and the director of a renowned clinic, stops a priest from giving the last rites to a dying young woman who, in her delirious state, believes she has been cured of her illness, and because he […]

Trintignant Mille Piazzolla

By
Jules Laforgue, Allain Leprest, Jacques Prévert, Boris Vian, Gaston Miron, Robert Desnos...
Direction
Alexandre Vernerey
Performed by
Jean-Louis Trintignant et les musiciens Daniel Mille, Grégoire Korniluk, Paul Colomb, Frédéric Deville (en alternance avec Jérôme Huille), Diego Imbert

Characterised by an instantly recognisable voice, the tango consisting of Jean-Louis Trintignant and Daniel Mille has enchanted audiences for over ten years. Here, the actor inserts his libertarian poetry into powerful yet delicate orchestral arrangements by the accordionist in Astor […]

Botala Mindele

By
Rémi De Vos
Direction
Frédéric Dussenne
Performed by
Priscilla Adade, Valérie Bauchau, Stéphane Bissot, Ansou Diedhiou, Philippe Jeusette, Benoit Van Dorslaer et Jérémie Zagba

Ruben and Mathilda have invited Daniel and his wife to dinner. Daniel has a business project involving the Congolese authorities, and he needs Ruben’s help in contacting the relevant minister. But that same evening the minister informs Ruben that the […]

Soirée d'ouverture

Performed by
Olivier Debelhoir, Ludor Citrik, Jean-Paul Lefeuvre, Proserpine, Samuel Achache, Mathurin Bolze, Vincent Segal et Lionel Suarez

Ouïe

By
Ludor Citrik et Le Pollu
Performed by
Cédric Paga, Camille Perrin

Santa Madera

By
Juan Ignacio Tula et Stefan Kinsman - Cie MPTA
Performed by
Juan Ignacio Tula, Stefan Kinsman et une roue Cyr

The Celebration

By
Thomas Vinterberg / Mogens Rukov
Direction
Cyril Teste, Collectif MxM
Performed by
Estelle André, Vincent Berger, Hervé Blanc, Sandy Boizard ou Marion Pellissier, Sophie Cattani, Bénédicte Guilbert, Mathias Labelle, Danièle Léon, Xavier Maly, Lou Martin-Fernet, Ludovic Molière, Catherine Morlot, Anthony Paliotti, Pierre Timaitre, Gérald Weingand et la participation de Laureline Le Bris-Cep

The Celebration incarnates the style of the cult films of the Danish New Wave. In this piece the whole family is invited to the father’s 60th birthday party, and during the meal Christian begins to unearth hitherto hidden secrets. When […]

The Last Metro

By
François Truffaut
Direction
Dorian Rossel
Performed by
Sophie Broustal, Fabien Coquil, Antoine Courvoisier, Mathieu Delmonté, Thomas Diébold, Érik Gerken, Leslie Granger, Delphine Lanza, Cloé Lastère, 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 (Bakary Sangaré, Gilles David, Benjamin Lavernhe, Didier Sandre, Pauline Clément, Jean Chevalier, Élise Lhomeau, Birane Ba et Maïka Louakairim, Aude Rouanet)

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, Christiane Cohendy, Lolita Chammah 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
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, Simon Giroud, Émili Hufnagel, Michel Laubu, Patrick Murys, Fred Soria

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 […]

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 en alternance avec Antoine Herniotte, 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 Berès
Performed by
Laurent Cazanave, Valentine Alaqui, Kyrie Kristmanson, Mia Delmaë, Mélanie Couillaud

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, Océane Caïraty, Pascal Cervo, Guillaume Costanza, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Mounir Margoum, Joana Preiss, Hedi Zada

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 […]

The Collection

By
Harold Pinter
Direction
Ludovic Lagarde
Performed by
Mathieu Amalric, Valérie Dashwood, Micha Lescot, Laurent Poitrenaux

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
Frédéric Borie, Élodie Buisson, Clovis Fouin Agoutin, Frédéric Roudier, Thomas Trigeaud

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, Emeline Frémont, Thomas Jolly, Annie Mercier, Charline Porrone, Lamya Regragui et Nils Guillaume, Camille Messineo, Piel Niwa, Julien Peinado les deux enfants de Thyeste (en alternance)

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
Elsa Agnès, Yann Boudaud, Bénédicte Cerutti, Olivier Dupuy, Sébastien Eveno, Anne-Lise Heimburger, 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 Roulliat / 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, Philippe Torreton, Maurin Ollès, Vincent Garanger, Frederico Semedo, Bénédicte Mbemba, Riad Gahmi, Nathalie Matter

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 […]

Opening Night

By
John Cassavetes
Direction
Cyril Teste
Performed by
Isabelle Adjani, Morgan Lloyd Sicard, Frédéric Pierrot et la participation de Zoé Adjani

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, Sebastian Marina, Fatma Mohamed, Elena Popa, Paula Rotar et Abdel Fatahou

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
André Marcon, Manuela Beltran, Éric Caruso, Barbara Creutz, Agathe L’Huillier, Jules Pélissier

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
Camille Bernon, Julien Lopez, Loïc Mobihan, Bertrand Poncet, Renan Prévot, Roxanne Roux

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 […]

Presentations of the season 2019-2020

Monday, May 13 at 19h Tuesday, May 14 at 8 pm Free admission, limited seating available   BOOKING SUBSCRIPTIONS online : Wednesday, May 15 at 1 pm on site or by phone : Friday 17 May at 12.15

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, Tom Lévy-Chaudet, Lucille Mansas, Daphné Mauger, Sara Pasquier

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 […]

Mandelstam

By
Don Nigro
Direction
Roman Viktyuk
Performed by
Igor Nevedrov, Dmitrii Zhoidik, Prokhor Tretiakov, Ekaterina Karpushina, Liudmila Pogorelova

In a play exploring the life story of the great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, director Roman Viktyuk intertwines and juxtaposes the paths of freedom of expression and political tyranny. In 1933, on penning a 16-verse poem in which he dared […]

An Enemy of the People

By
Henrik Ibsen
Direction
Jean-François Sivadier
Performed by
Sharif Andoura, Cyril Bothorel, Nicolas Bouchaud, Cyprien Colombo, Vincent Guédon, Éric Guérin, Jeanne Lepers, Nadia Vonderheyden et Valérie de Champchesnel, Julien Le Moal, Christian Tirole

Public health versus economic prosperity, truth versus manipulation, freedom of thought versus tyranny of the masses; Jean-François Sivadier directs An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. The Stockmann brothers are like two sides of the same coin, as different […]

Vivre sa vie

By
Jean-Luc Godard
Direction
Charles Berling
Performed by
Hélène Alexandridis, Pauline Cheviller, Sébastien Depommier, Grégoire Léauté

Charles Berling takes Jean-Luc Godard’s film My Life to Live on board, featuring a score for three actors and a guitarist in a blaze of love and politics. This film drew inspiration from two iconic books, namely Nana by Émile […]

Life of Joseph Roulin

By
Pierre Michon
Direction
Thierry Jolivet
Performed by
Thierry Jolivet

Thierry Jolivet depicts the life of Vincent Van Gogh through the eyes of postman Joseph Roulin. Based on the novel by Pierre Michon, the show combines theatre, music and video. Joseph Roulin was Van Gogh’s model during the time the […]

Should Olivier Masson die?

By
François Hien
Direction
Estelle Clément-Bealem, Kathleen Dol, Arthur Fourcade, François Hien, Lucile Paysant
Performed by
Estelle Clément-Bealem, Kathleen Dol, Arthur Fourcade, François Hien, Lucile Paysant

A fictional work loosely inspired by the “Vincent Lambert affair”, Should Olivier Masson die? invites us to reconsider questions surrounding life and ethics. Bedridden in hospital, Olivier Masson has been living in a vegetative state for six years. As no […]

Summerless

By
Amir Reza Koohestani
Performed by
Mona Ahmadi, Saeid Changizian, Leyli Rashidi et la participation filmée de Juliette Rezai

Focusing on the theme of collapse, Summerless takes audiences into the playground of an Iranian primary school in a poetic and political play directed by Amir Reza Koohestani. Three people; a primary school supervisor, her ex-husband whose job it is […]

The Fly

By
George Langelaan
Direction
Valérie Lesort et Christian Hecq
Performed by
Christian Hecq, Valérie Lesort, Christine Murillo, Stephan Wojtowicz

Following on from their dreamlike 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, staged two seasons ago with the troupe from the Comédie-Française, Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq have now adapted the sci-fi world of The Fly to the stage. A scientist who […]

A Christmas Tale

By
Arnaud Desplechin
Direction
Julie Deliquet / Collectif In Vitro
Performed by
Julie André, Stephen Butel, Éric Charon, Solène Cizeron, Olivier Faliez, Jean-Christophe Laurier, Agnès Ramy, Marie-Christine Orry, Thomas Rortais, David Seigneur/Richard Sandra, Hélène Viviès, Jean-Marie Winling

In a zany and provocative chorus, it is not one tale but several that converge, overlap then diverge around a family meeting up for Christmas. Julie Deliquet immerses the audience in a world of families and transmission. Following on from […]

Josie Harcoeur

By
Cédric Roulliat / Compagnie De Onze à Trois heures
Performed by
David Bescond, Sahra Daugreilh, Laure Giappiconi

After Ultra-Girl versus Schopenhauer, the young theatre group De Onze à Trois returns to the Célestins with Josie Harcoeur, a new dramatic and musical foray into the world of pop culture. Everyone in France remembers Dalida, Sheila and Nicoletta, but […]

Architecture

By
Pascal Rambert
Performed by
Emmanuelle Béart, Audrey Bonnet, Anne Brochet, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Arthur Nauzyciel, Stanislas Nordey, Denis Podalydès (sociétaire de la Comédie-Française) en alternance avec Pascal Rénéric, Laurent Poitrenaux, Jacques Weber

Actor and director Pascal Rambert brings together an exceptional cast to interweave precipices of History and intimate upheaval. He writes for actors and actresses, based on their presence, their bodies and their voices, on what they physically exude onstage. After […]

Bug

By
Tracy Letts
Direction
Emmanuel Daumas
Performed by
Audrey Fleurot, Thibaut Évrard, Anne Suarez, Igor Skreblin, Emmanuel Daumas

Canceled show / Coronavirus information Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to ban gatherings of more than 100 people in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, we are called to cancel all representations and demonstrations in the Célestins until […]

Convulsions

By
Hakim Bah
Direction
Frédéric Fisbach
Performed by
Ibrahima Bah, Maxence Bod, Sophie Cattani en alternance avec Lorry Hardel, Madalina Constantin, Nelson-Rafaell Madel, Marie Payen

Canceled show / Coronavirus information Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to ban gatherings of more than 100 people in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, we are called to cancel all representations and demonstrations in the Célestins until […]

Pelléas et Mélisande

By
Maurice Maeterlinck
Direction
Julie Duclos
Performed by
Vincent Dissez, Philippe Duclos, Stéphanie Marc, Alix Riemer, Matthieu Sampeur, Émilien Tessier, les enfants Clément Baudouin, Sacha Huygue et Eliott Le Mouël (en alternance) et un groupe de femmes

Canceled show / Coronavirus information Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to ban gatherings of more than 100 people in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, we are called to cancel all representations and demonstrations in the Célestins until […]

Saint-Félix

By
Élise Chatauret
Performed by
Cast in progress

Combining documentary investigation and theatrical fiction, writer-director Élise Chatauret invites the audience to share the daily life of a French hamlet, with its thirty inhabitants. How can we convey a world that is in danger of disappearing? How can we […]

Suzy Storck

By
Magali Mougel
Direction
Simon Delétang
Performed by
Marion Couzinié, Simon Delétang, Françoise Lervy, Charles-Antoine Sanchez et la voix d’Eliot Hénault-Fillion

A housewife leads an ordinary life for years with husband and children. Until everything cracks… Suzy Storck examines the feminine condition with sharpness and lucidity. Her name is Suzy Storck. Married Hans Vassili Kreuz, a man who just kissed her […]

Drunks

By
Ivan Viripaev
Direction
Ambre Kahan
Performed by
Yorick Adjal, Blade AliMBaye, Jean Aloïs Belbachir, Julie Bouriche, Jean-Baptiste Cognet, Monica Budde, Lucile Delzenne, Olivier Dupuy, Florent Favier, Magali Genoud, Laurent Meininger, Charlotte Ravinet, Tristan Rothhut, Laurent Sauvage, Laure Werckmann

Ivan Viripaev is the living Russian playwright most often performed in French theatres. His lucid and direct style of writing illuminates this choral work on the imbalances of our time. There are fourteen people on stage, unable to stand up […]

Change Me

According to
Ovide, Isaac de Benserade et la vie de Brandon Teena
Direction
Camille Bernon, Simon Bourgade
Performed by
Camille Bernon, Pauline Bolcatto, Pauline Briand, Baptiste Chabauty, Mathieu Metral

Interweaving mythological figures, 17th century theatre and an event from the 1990s, Change Me explores the issue of transidentity. Staged as a thriller, the play draws the audience into a teenage party that ends in tragedy. As recounted by Ovid […]

Cyrano de Bergerac

By
Edmond Rostand
Direction
Jean Liermier
Performed by
Pierre Banderet, Aude Bourrier, Candice Chauvin, Boris Degex, Julien George, Sabrina Martin, Baptiste Morisod, Ludovic Payet, Yann Philipona, Gilles Privat, Lola Riccaboni, André Schmidt, Raphaël Vachoux

Accompanied by Gilles Privat, Jean Liermier takes audiences back to the turn of the 20th century with a funny and tender Cyrano set in the Belle Époque. “A kiss, how would you define a kiss? An oath taken very close […]

Love (postponed)

By
Alexander Zeldin
Performed by
Waj Ali, Anna Calder-Marshall, Luke Clarke, Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Hind Swareldahab (distribution en cours)

Show postponed to next season The first of Alexander Zeldin’s plays to be staged in France, Love highlights the precarious lives of the most disadvantaged in our society, in an intense portrayal of real lives. Alexander Zeldin believes that theatre […]

Life of Joseph Roulin

According to
Pierre Michon
Direction
Thierry Jolivet
Performed by
Thierry Jolivet

Thierry Jolivet depicts the life of Vincent Van Gogh through the eyes of postman Joseph Roulin. Based on the novel by Pierre Michon, the show combines theatre, music and video. Joseph Roulin was Van Gogh’s model during the time the […]

Routes

By
Yann Verburgh
Direction
Eugen Jebeleanu
Performed by
Ioana Bugarin, Nicholas Catianis, Clémence Laboureau, Radouan Leflahi, Ilinca Manolache, Claire Puygrenier

When will we be ready to shift our borders? Jointly written by Eugen Jebeleanu and Yann Verburgh, Itinéraires, un jour le monde changera [Routes, one day the world will change] brings together Romanian and French actors to paint a sensitive […]

A Bright Room Called Day

By
Tony Kushner
Direction
Catherine Marnas
Performed by
Simon Delgrange, Vincent Dissez, Annabelle Garcia, Tonin Palazzotto, Julie Papin, Agnès Pontier, Sophie Richelieu, Yacine Sif El Islam, Bénédicte Simon

Catherine Marnas directs a troupe of young performers in this highly political play in which the present day is set against the darkest pages of the past. “At times it feels as if Brecht has been rewritten by Tennessee Williams…” […]

The Earth Revolts

By
Sara Llorca, Omar Youssef Souleimane, Guillaume Clayssen
Direction
Sara Llorca
Performed by
Sara Llorca, Elie Youssef, Raymond Hosny, Thomas Poitevin

La Terre se révolte [The Earth Revolts] is a joint project by director Sara Llorca and the Syrian poet – and refugee in France – Omar Youssef Souleimane, which combines theatre and dance to question the theme of otherness. The […]

The Seagull

According to
Anton Tchekhov
Direction
Cyril Teste
Performed by
Vincent Berger, Olivia Corsini, Katia Ferreira, Mathias Labelle, Liza Lapert, Xavier Maly, Pierre Timaitre, Gérald Weingand

For his new “film performance”, director Cyril Teste is staging a free adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s La Mouette [The Seagull]. The creation combines theatre and cinema, getting as close as possible to the actors’ bodies, energy and emotions. Trigorin, a […]

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

By
Molière
Direction
Jérôme Deschamps
Performed by
Flore Babled (en alternance), Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat, Sébastien Boudrot, Vincent Debost, Jérôme Deschamps, Pauline Deshons, Aurélien Gabrielli, Elsa Guedj (en alternance), Guillaume Laloux, Josiane Stoleru, Pauline Tricot

The creator of the French comedy TV series “Les Deschiens” brings The Bourgeois Gentleman to the stage. Accompanied by the Musiciens du Louvre, he takes on the role of Monsieur Jourdain, directing a zany and dreamlike comedy ballet. Monsieur Jourdain […]

ANA

According to
Maurice Pialat, Arlette Langmann
Direction
Laurent Ziserman
Performed by
Magali Bonat, Benoît Martin, Savannah Rol, Laurent Ziserman

ANA, standing for À nos amours, the famous film by Maurice Pialat, now brought to the stage by actor and director Laurent Ziserman. An intense and physical family huis-clos and winner of the Prix Célest’1 2019 – Maquettes prize. Father, […]

Harlequin’s Lesson of Love

By
Marivaux
Direction
Thomas Jolly
Performed by
Romain Brosseau, Rémi Dessenoix, Charlotte Ravinet, Clémence Solignac, Romain Tamisier, Ophélie Trichard

Played repeatedly since it was created in 2007, Thomas Jolly’s successful first show now comes to Les Célestins. This is a sparkling version of Marivaux’s play in which the juvenile impulses of love shine through. Written following Marivaux’s 1720 encounter […]

L’Heure bleue

By
David Clavel
Performed by
Maël Besnard, David Clavel, Emmanuelle Devos, Valérie De Dietrich, Daniel Martin, Anne Suarez

Portraying the twists and turns of a family reunion, L’Heure bleue [The Blue Hour] depicts the burden of memories, silences and misunderstandings. At the heart of this tragedy of things left unsaid lies a formidable cast of actors and the […]

Hen

Direction
Johanny Bert
Performed by
Johanny Bert, Anthony Diaz avec les musiciens Guillaume Bongiraud, Cyrille Froger

From the imagination of director and puppeteer Johanny Bert, Hen offers audiences a joyful and provocative evening, cross-referencing 1930s Berlin cabarets and the contemporary queer scene. Hen has a wide range of facial and bodily expressions. Glamorous and virile, raw […]

Vilain !

According to
"Le Vilain Petit Canard" de Hans Christian Andersen
Direction
Alexis Armengol
Performed by
Nelly Pulicani, Romain Tiriakian, Shih Han Shaw

A young orphan is about to tell a tale that pursues her, that acts on her like a mirror, when she lets herself be caught up in her past. Show aimed at all audiences, Vilain! mixes the arts and speaks […]

Una costilla sobre la mesa : Madre

By
Angélica Liddell
Performed by
Angélica Liddell, Gumersindo Puche, Niño De Elche, Ichiro Sugae et une vingtaine de participants

For the first time in Lyon, Angélica Liddell presents Una costilla sobre la mesa: Madre (A rib on the table: Mother). A punch show in which the great Spanish artist displays all her exuberance. A singular artist if ever there […]

Surexpositions

By
Marion Aubert
Direction
Julien Rocha
Performed by
Margaux Desailly, Fabrice Gaillard, Johanna Nizard et Cédric Veschambre

Through winks to the life and filmography of Patrick Dewaere, four actors retrace the path of a man in movement, in search, in struggle. And draw a fictionalized vision of the untroubled beings that we are: on the border of […]

Monsieur x

By
Mathilda May
Performed by
Pierre Richard

Directed by Mathilda May, the unforgettable protagonist of the Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire [The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe] opens the doors to a mute world that sways to and forth between dreams and the absurd. […]

Thanks to the night

By
Raphaël Defour
Performed by
Pauline Laurendeau, Clara Lespine, Bérengère Sigoure, Cécilia Steiner, Lisa Torres

Rescheduled to 2021 following cancellation of the performances in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Five actresses question the archaic and contemporary figures of witches, in a poetic escapade combining writings, documentary, autofiction and song. The five actresses brought […]

And I and Silence

By
Naomi Wallace
Direction
René Loyon
Performed by
Olga Mouak, Morgane Real, Roxanne Roux, Alison Valence

Considered one of the great living authors of American theatre, Naomi Wallace takes an uncompromising look at her country’s shortcomings. Her play And I and Silence forcefully and beautifully denounces the brutality of social conditioning. “There is a singular tone […]

Outside

By
Kirill Serebrennikov
Performed by
Odin Lund Biron, Alexey Bychkov, Yang Ge, Gueorgui Koudrenko, Nikita Kukushkin, Julia Loboda, Daniil Orlov, Andrey Petrouchenkov, Andrey Poliakov, Evgeny Romantsov, Anastassia Radkova, Evgeny Sangadzhiev, Igor Sharoïko

Outside was one of the highlights of the 2019 Avignon Festival, in which Kirill Serebrennikov pays tribute to the Chinese photographer Ren Hang through theatre, music and dance. Considered one of the most gifted artists of his generation, Ren Hang […]

Nosztalgia express

By
Marc Lainé
Performed by
Alain Eloy, Émilie Franco, Thomas Gonzalez, Léopoldine Hummel, François Praud, François Sauveur, Olivier Werner et la participation de Farid Laroussi

Mixing different genres, registers and emotions, Nosztalgia Express juxtaposes intimate fiction with a broader historical narrative. Set in Paris and Budapest, this cavalcade of a play is filled with humour and twists. At dawn on November 4, 1956, Soviet tanks […]

Laterna magica

By
Ingmar Bergman
Direction
Dorian Rossel, Delphine Lanza
Performed by
Fabien Coquil, Delphine Lanza, Ilya Levin

Delphine Lanza and Dorian Rossel adapt Ingmar Bergman’s inner world to the stage, creating a captivating dive into the depths of the imagination. Bergman is one of the most celebrated names in cinema, an introspective filmmaker who, at the end […]

Colours of the Air

By
Igor Mendjisky
Performed by
Raphaèle Bouchard en alternance avec Alexandrine Serre, Pierre Hiessler, Igor Mendjisky, Hortense Monsaingeon, Thibault Perrenoud en alternance avec Léo-Antonin Lutinier, Juliette Poissonnier, Esther Van Den Driessche, Jean-Paul Wenzel, Yuriy Zavalnyouk

Author, director and actor Igor Mendjisky has created a fictional tale inspired by the incredible life of his father, a painter and formidable crook. A lively reflection on creation, emancipation, lies and heritage… A 35-year-old filmmaker named Ilia loses his […]

By Heart

By
William Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, George Steiner, Joseph Brodsky
Direction
Tiago Rodrigues
Performed by
Tiago Rodrigues

In just a few years, Tiago Rodrigues has become one of the most prominent artists on the European scene. Combining poetry, confidences and politics, he invites audiences to share the actor’s process and erases the boundaries between reality, theatre and […]

Pourama Pourama

By
Gurshad Shaheman
Performed by
Gurshad Shaheman

Iranian-born artist Gurshad Shaheman invites us to an immersive and ambulatory experience in three parts. An overwhelming self-fictional spectacle: at the edge of theater, installation and performance. He was born in Iran, where he grew up with his father, during […]

Bâtir

Direction
Raphaël Patout
Performed by
Pierre-François Doireau, Josée Drevon, Damien Houssier, Elisabeth Hölzle, Pauline Huruguen

Rallying around an apprentice architect, a community of citizens launches into a new city project… Where the world of ideas converges with the practical world, the Lyon-based company La Chambre Noire invites us to reconsider, with humour, how we live […]

Mars - 2037

By
Pierre Guillois
Performed by
Jean-Michel Fournereau, Magali Léger ou Marie Oppert, Charlotte Marquardt, Quentin Moriot, Élodie Pont, Pierre Samuel et les musiciens Matthieu Benigno (percussions), Nicolas Ducloux (clavier), Chloé Ducray ou Claire Galo-Place (harpe), Gabrielle Godart (clavier), Nicolas Crosse (contrebasse) (distribution en cours)

Two women, two men, a robot and a hen are on their way to the Red Planet to become its first settlers… A space musical “made in France”, Mars-2037 brings mankind’s greatest dream to life. 12 June 2037. After many […]

I’m leaving, but the State remains (full performance)

By
Hugues Duchêne
Performed by
Juliette Damy, Vanessa Bile-Audouard, Théo Comby-Lemaître, Hugues Duchêne, Marianna Granci, Laurent Robert, Robin Goupil

The young members of the Royal Velours Company first met as student actors at the Comédie-Française. In this documented theatrical serial, they analyse the Macron years with deliberate impertinence. The stage is empty, except for a piano, a few chairs […]

I’m leaving, but the State remains (episodes 1, 2 and 3)

By
Hugues Duchêne
Performed by
Juliette Damy, Vanessa Bile-Audouard, Théo Comby-Lemaître, Hugues Duchêne, Marianna Granci, Laurent Robert, Robin Goupil

The young members of the Royal Velours Company first met as student actors at the Comédie-Française. In this documented theatrical serial, they analyse the Macron years with deliberate impertinence. The stage is empty, except for a piano, a few chairs […]

I’m leaving, but the State remains (episodes 4 and 5)

By
Hugues Duchêne
Performed by
Juliette Damy, Vanessa Bile-Audouard, Théo Comby-Lemaître, Hugues Duchêne, Marianna Granci, Laurent Robert, Robin Goupil

The young members of the Royal Velours Company first met as student actors at the Comédie-Française. In this documented theatrical serial, they analyse the Macron years with deliberate impertinence. The stage is empty, except for a piano, a few chairs […]

King Size

By
Christoph Marthaler
Performed by
Tora Augestad, Bendix Dethleffsen, Michael von der Heide, Nikola Weisse

A key figure in European theatre, Christoph Marthaler comes to Lyon for the first time with King Size, a vibrant mix of zany, musical and melancholic comedy. King Size immerses the audience in the ostentatious decor of a bourgeois vaudeville, […]

Stallone

By
Fabien Gorgeart, Clotilde Hesme, Pascal Sangla
Direction
Fabien Gorgeart
Performed by
Clotilde Hesme, Pascal Sangla

The actress Clotilde Hesme, the musician Pascal Sangla and the filmmaker Fabien Gorgeart take on a short story by Emmanuèle Bernheim. The story of a young woman who, after watching a Sylvester Stallone film, decides to change her life. One […]

La Dispute

By
Mohamed El Khatib
Performed by
en alternance Aaron, Amélie, Camille, Éloria, Ihsen, Imran, Maëlla, Malick, Solal, Swann

Schoolchildren whose parents have separated give their views on marital conflicts. They talk to us directly or through videos and what they say is often funny. A “fiction about reality” by Mohamed El Khatib, written by children, rather than for […]

I Silenti

By
Fabrizio Cassol, Tcha Limberger et Lisaboa Houbrechts
Performed by
le violoniste et chanteur Tcha Limberger, les chanteurs Claron Mcfadden, Nicola Wemyss, Jonatan Alvarado, les instrumentistes Philippe Thuriot, Georgi Dobrev, Vilmos Csikos, Simon Leleux

Inspired by Monteverdi’s madrigals and the nomadic songs of Tcha Limberger, I Silenti paints a picture of love, war and exile. Directed by Lisaboa Houbrechts, the rising star of Flemish theatre, this journey takes audiences into the timeless depths of […]

Prouve-le

By
Lucie Vérot
Direction
Maïanne Barthès / Compagnie Spell Mistake(s)
Performed by
Simon Alopé et Cécile Maidon

It’ll never work

By
Les Transformateurs
Direction
Nicolas Ramond
Performed by
Anne De Boissy et Jean-Philippe Salério

In 2019, Anne de Boissy and Jean-Philippe Salério were awarded the first Prix Célest’1 for their performance in Ça marchera jamais. They are now back at Les Célestins with this jubilant take on the paths to failure. And to success. […]

Electra in the Underworld

By
Simon Abkarian
Performed by
Simon Abkarian, Maral Abkarian, Chouchane Agoudjian, Anaïs Ancel, Maud Brethenoux, Laurent Clauwaert, Victor Fradet, Aurore Frémont, Christina Galstian Agoudjian, Rafaela Jirkovsky, Nathalie Le Boucher, Eliot Maurel, Olivier Mansard, Nedjma Merahi, Manon Pélissier, Annie Rumani, Catherine Schaub Abkarian, Suzana Thomaz, Frédérique Voruz et les musiciens Howlin’jaws (Djivan Abkarian, Lucas Humbert, Baptiste Léon)

Premiered in 2019 at the Théâtre du Soleil, this is a contemporary vision of the Electra myth that takes us deep into the underworld. A world in which music, song and dance uphold the tradition of a profoundly popular form […]

Skylight

By
David Hare
Direction
Claudia Stavisky
Performed by
Patrick Catalifo, Sacha Ribeiro, Marie Vialle

Two years ago, she directed Skylight at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center in China. Now, Claudia Stavisky is recreating David Hare’s piece in French. An outstanding trio featuring the brilliant Marie Vialle, Patrick Catalifo, and Sacha Ribeiro. A freezing night […]

Palpitants et dévastés

By
Myriam Boudenia
Performed by
Marian Badoi, Anne de Boissy, Sarah Kristian, Lucile Marianne, Martin Sève

A middle name – an apparently insignificant detail – can reveal a story previously forgotten. With a blend of intimacy and universality, theatrical performance and Gypsy music, Myriam Boudenia juxtaposes the fate of five characters – including three generations of […]

Un vivant qui passe

By
Claude Lanzmann
Direction
Éric Didry
Performed by
Nicolas Bouchaud et Frédéric Noaille

Nicolas Bouchaud adapts Claude Lanzmann’s film interview on Nazi brutality Un vivant qui passe for the stage, with a deeply-held belief in the unique closeness that theatre fosters with the work it interprets. What is seeing? How do we abdicate […]

Love

By
Alexander Zeldin
Performed by
Amelda Brown, Naby Dakhli, Janet Etuk, Oliver Finnegan, Amelia Finnegan en alternance avec Grace Willoughby, Joel MacCormack, Hind Swareldahab, Daniel York Loh

The first of Alexander Zeldin’s plays to be staged in France, Love highlights the precarious lives of the most disadvantaged in our society, in an intense portrayal of real lives. Alexander Zeldin believes that theatre should look at society from […]

Fuck Me

By
Marina Otero
Performed by
Augusto Chiappe, Juan Francisco López Bubica, Marina Otero, Fred Raposo, Matías Rebossio, Cristian Vega, Miguel Valdivieso

Created in 2020 at the Buenos Aires International Festival, Fuck Me is the final episode in a political, autobiographical fiction by Argentinian writer Marina Otero. A smouldering piece on the effects of ageing. “I thought that I would always be […]

De ce côté

By
Dieudonné Niangouna
Performed by
Dieudonné Niangouna

Alone on stage, Congolese writer, director, and actor Dieudonné Niangouna delivers a tale of exile and questions the role of theatre in a world assailed by violence. “I see it all in my mind’s eye: my porous words, my soul […]

Outside

By
Kirill Serebrennikov
Performed by
Odin Lund Biron, Alexey Bychkov, Yang Ge, Gueorgui Koudrenko, Nikita Kukushkin, Julia Loboda, Daniil Orlov, Andrey Petrouchenkov, Andrey Poliakov, Evgeny Romantsov, Anastassia Radkova, Evgeny Sangadzhiev, Igor Sharoïko

Outside was one of the highlights of the 2019 Avignon Festival, in which Kirill Serebrennikov pays tribute to the Chinese photographer Ren Hang through theatre, music and dance. Considered one of the most gifted artists of his generation, Ren Hang […]

Le Bonheur

By
Tatiana Frolova / Théâtre KnAM
Performed by
Dmitri Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Guerman Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova, Irina Tchernousova

A regular feature at the Célestins, KnAM theatre is back in Lyon with a new political documentary-style production – a piece that questions the very existence of happiness. The KnAM theatre company was founded in 1985 at Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Eastern […]

La Terre se révolte

By
Guillaume Clayssen, Sara Llorca, Omar Youssef Souleimane
Direction
Sara Llorca
Performed by
Raymond Hosny, Sara Llorca, Thomas Poitevin, Elie Youssef

La Terre se révolte is a joint project by director Sara Llorca and the Syrian poet – and refugee in France – Omar Youssef Souleimane, which combines theatre and dance to question the theme of otherness. The play is set […]

Le Ciel de Nantes

By
Christophe Honoré
Performed by
Youssouf Abi-Ayad, Harrison Arévalo, Jean-Charles Clichet, Julien Honoré, Chiara Mastroianni, Stéphane Roger, Marlène Saldana

Equally at home in the theatre as in the cinema, Christophe Honoré brings these two artforms together in a family saga that mirrors the story of his own relatives, and where the stage is transformed into the setting for an […]

Habiter le temps

By
Rasmus Lindberg
Direction
Michel Didym
Performed by
Éric Berger, Irène Jacob, Jérôme Kircher, Hana Sofia Lopes, Catherine Matisse, Julie Pilod

From Swedish playwright Rasmus Lindberg, this family thriller with its choppy narrative plunges us into the metaphysical mysteries surrounding the tortuous uncertainty of the human condition. Dialogues intersect. Events collide and eras overlap. Habiter le temps, with its syncopated, interwoven […]

Da Love Tape

By
Raphaël Defour
Performed by
Raphaël Defour

For their first collaboration, contemporary art space La BF15 and the Célestins theatre bring us an exhibition and a performance formed at the point where their worlds collide. Too shy to talk to girls, Raphaël Defour has transformed his bedroom […]

Ivres

By
Ivan Viripaev
Direction
Ambre Kahan
Performed by
Yorick Adjal, Blade AliMBaye en alternance avec Loïc Djani, Jean Aloïs Belbachir, Julie Bouriche, Jean-Baptiste Cognet, Monica Budde, Lucile Delzenne, Olivier Dupuy, Florent Favier, Magali Genoud, Laurent Meininger, Charlotte Ravinet, Tristan Rothhut, Jean-Damien Barbin, Laure Werckmann, avec la voix de Thomas Jolly

Ivan Viripaev is the living Russian playwright most often performed in French theatres. His lucid and direct style of writing illuminates this choral work on the imbalances of our time. There are fourteen people on stage, unable to stand up […]