• Theater
Alexandre Ostrovski
Denis Podalydès
Performed by
Cécile Brune, Julien Campani, Philippe Duclos, Francis Leplay, Leslie Menu, Dominique Parent, Laurent Podalydès, Mélodie Richard, Nada Strancar, Geert van Herwijnen, Thibault Vinçon, Bernard Vallery

Adaptation – Laurent Mauvignier

Denis Podalydès brings new depth to the tragi-comic humanity of Ostrovsky’s work.

We find ourselves in Kalinov, a part of Russia which is a far cry from the artistic and intellectual buzz of Moscow. Conservatism reigns in this small village which is constrained by rigid social structures, the power of religion, ignorance, and alcohol. This is where Katerina, wife of an unassuming husband, falls in love with Boris, who becomes her lover. Cornered by her fears and desires, the young woman decides – for the first time in her life – to follow her heart. A few songs. Costumes which set the scene in the 1990s. A set with a view out onto the immense stretches of the Volga River. An experience shared with the audience. “This piece owes its beauty to life, that same life which lights up and torments all of its characters, whether they tend towards inertia and relativism or freedom and the absolute” – Denis Podalydès, member of the Comédie-Française. His version of this piece by Ostrovsky (1823-1886) is full of the life-force that feeds humanity and its contradictions: weak yet violent, earth-bound yet mysterious.


  • Coproduction
Running time
2 : 30
Main auditorium

    From 7 to 40 €


    Les 15 et 16 mars, Philippe Duclos sera exceptionnellement remplacé par Denis Podalydès

    Director’s assistant – Laurent Podalydès / Scenography – Éric Ruf / Scenography assistant – Caroline Frachet / Costume designer – Anaïs Romand / Sound – Bernard Vallery / Light designer – Stéphanie Daniel

    Production: Centre International de Créations Théâtrales – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
    Coproduction (in progress): Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, Le Parvis – Scène nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées, Scène nationale d’Albi, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Théâtre de Caen, Théâtre Cinéma de Choisy-le-Roi, La Maison – Scène conventionnée art en territoire de Nevers, Théâtre Saint-Louis – Pau

    Show created on january 7, 2023 at the Théâtre Cinéma Paul Éluard de Choisy-Le-Roi