Theater of the Odéon, Paris of course!

Ok so on my ongoing opportunity very close to Paris and able to visit easier than from out west, let me continue my saga of the eternal city with a very nice monument. I have written briefly before and passed by it many times, a great monument of my belle France often overlook but it should not.

Let me tell you briefly about the Odéon theater of Paris! or now of Europe! For reference my bit of piece of it before was from July 4,2018 in my blog.

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The neighborhood of the Odéon is the 22nd administrately neighborhood of Paris located in the 6éme arrondissement or district of Paris north of the Jardin du Luxembourg.

The neighborhood of the Odéon is so named because of its proximity to the Théatre de l’Odéon, itself making reference to the ancient meaning of the word: a place for songs and, more generally, a Greco-Roman theater. The statue standing in the middle of Place Henri-Mondor is that of Danton, which is not far from the former home of the politician and the place of his arrest.

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The Théatre National de l’Odéon or National Theater of the Odeon, called since March 1990 Odeon-Theater of Europe, is located at Place de l’Odeon , 6éme arrondissement, inaugurated in 1782 to host the troupe Théatre-Français or French Theater. The Odeon is since September 1971 one of the six national theaters of France.  Architecturally, it is an Italian-style theater with a cubic-shaped stage and semicircular hall and the exterior is neoclassical.

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A bit of history I like

In 1767, the Marquis de Marigny, then director of the King’s Buildings, asked Marie-Joseph Peyre and Charles de Wailly to work on a project for a new theater for the Théâtre-Français.  On March 26, 1770, a decision of the Council of the King orders the execution of the construction site on the ground of the garden of the hotel of the prince of Condé, which this one wishes to be undone in order to settle in the Bourbon palace.   The location of the theater is slightly modified compared to the original project, so as to bring it closer to the palace of Luxembourg, home of Sire, brother of the King, so that it is a new amenity for their home work begins in May 1779. The troupe of the Comédie-Française settles in its new walls on February 16, 1782 and the hall is inaugurated by Queen Marie-Antoinette on April 9.  On April 27, 1784, The Marriage of Figaro de Beaumarchais was created by Dazincourt, still in front of Queen Marie Antoinette and the court. The comedian Talma debuted on November 21, 1787.

By a decree of July 1789, the National Assembly renamed the room Théatre de la Nation or Theater of the Nation. In 1791, the ban by Louis XVI of the play of Marie-Joseph Chénier Charles IX, causes a conflict between actors loyal to the king and those favorable to the French Republic, which will lead to the departure of these last April 1791, led by Talma, for the new room of the Theater of the Republic at the Palais Royal. It is these actors loyal to the French Republic who will form the current Comédie-Française. Georges Danton would have said: “If Figaro killed the nobility, Charles IX will kill the royalty.”

Arrested during the Terror, in the French revolution ,the actors who remained at the Théâtre de la Nation reopened the theater on June 27, 1794 under the name of  Théatre de l’Egalité or theater of equality, for performances given  by and for the people, in a hall transformed by the destruction of lodges in egalitarian amphitheater stretched with blue-white-red draperies. It becomes in July 13, 1796, the Odéon , in reference to the odéon of ancient Greece.

There is a second theater. The theater of the Odeon, ceded by Napoleon to the Senate and restored identically by the architect Chalgrin, reopened in June 1808 under the name of “Theater of Her Majesty the Empress and Queen”. However, the room is again destroyed by a fire on March 20, 1818. A 3rd theater is done with the new hall inaugurated in September 1819 and placed by king Louis XVIII under the tutelage of the Comédie-Française, as a Second French Theater. During the days of the “Three Glorious Days”, in July 1830, the theater is at the center of the insurrection of the revolutionary youth.

Sarah Bernhardt made her debut at the Odeon in the role of Aricie du Phèdre Racine given for the feast of the Emperor August 15, 1866. But it is in 1869, in a small act of François Coppée, Le Passant that she enters, under the costume of the “Florentine singer,” in her glorious career. In May 1968, the Odeon is open to students during the uprising demonstrations. The Odeon became a National Theater in September 1971. It is only on June 1, 1990 that the Odeon will truly regain its independence vis-à-vis the Comédie-Française, by decree. It then takes the name of Odeon-Théatre de l’Europe. Since 2003, the Odeon has a second modular room from 350 to 450 seats, installed in former warehouses sets of the Opera Garnier, boulevard Berthier ,17éme arrondissement of Paris.

There you go a nice monument architecturally stunning and lots of history inside. The shows are nice if with time. Some webpages to help you plan your visit here as usual by me are

Official Theater of the Odeon Europe

Tourist office of Paris on the district of the Odeon in English

Tourist office of Paris on the Odeon theater in English

And there you go another dandy in eternal Paris, the Odéon theater and its neighborhood is a must to visit, see walk in Paris. Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Theater of the Odéon, Paris of course!”

  1. I’ve seen some fine shows at the Odéon, like this one: https://operasandcycling.com/lavare-at-the-odeon/

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