The Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin of Paris

So this is wonderful in Paris ,even if I myself need to do it more, it has been done. Theaters in Paris, the fact of the areas are all romantic and quaint, and the shows are of historical significance in a historical building and of course ,Paris makes all worth.

This one is a bit I would say off the beaten path but worth the detour. Therefore, here is a bit more to help you find it.  You get to the theater at  entrance on 17 Rue René Boulanger with facade on 47 bd Saint Martin, almost facing the Porte Saint Martin gate (see post)  on the metro lines 4,8,and 9 Strasbourg-Saint-Denis , metro line 3,5,8,0, and 11 République as well as bus lines 20,38, 39,and 47.  Along the encounter of the bd Saint Martin and bd Saint Denis you can see other theaters such as Renaissance and the petit Saint Martin.

You have the pretty and wonderful Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin  in the 10éme arrondissement and porte Saint Martin quartier of Paris .  The theater is the biggest in the grands boulevard area with  1 800 seating capacity and only took two months to built to host the Royal Academy of Music or the Académie Royale de Musique after that of the Palais Royal was burned. It opened in October 27 1781 with the lyric tragedy of Adèle de Ponthieu  by Jean-Paul-André Razins de Saint-Marc on a music by Piccinni. After closing after the French revolution, again opened in 1802 under the name of Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin or theater of the gate of St Martin playing great pieces of comedies and ballets.


The dancer Mazurier makes the theater one of the most frequented at the times. Serving works by talented actors such as Frédérick Lemaître, Bocage, Potier, Mademoiselle George, and Marie Dorval. The programs gain a further status with the drama and tragedy works by Frédérick Lemaître and especially the repertory of Casimir Delavigne, Alexandre Dumas, Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, and Victorien Sardou. Later under the direction of Crosnier and then Harel the biggest work of the romantic reformation come to play such as Marino Faliero, Antony, La Tour de Nesle, Richard D’Arlington, and the dramas of Victor Hugo, Marion de Lorme, Marie Tudor, and Lucréce Borgia. After the bankrup of Harel in 1840 the Cogniard brothers take over with festives of the the thousand and one night or Les Mille et Une Nuits and La Biche au bois. In 1851 Marc Fournier comes in to bring back the dramas and the grand spectacles such as Le Bossul of Paul Féval adapted in 1862. You know the names!!!

Burned during the uprising of the Commune in 1871 the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin is rebuilt at the same spot. The new decoration of the facade with in particular figures symbolizing Tragedy, Drama and Comedy. The theater reopens on September 28, 1873 with Marie Tudor by Victor Hugo. Ten years later, Sarah Bernhardt performed there for several months in a row and remained faithful to it until the end of the century. On December 27, 1897 the Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand was created there. From 2001, it has come under various management and now the theater is part of a group to support these theaters under the Théâtres Producteurs Associés . webpage:

The official webpage of the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin is here: Theater of the Porte Saint Martin

And there you go a nice area I have walked all the way from place de la République and wonderful architecture all around you. Again, hope you enjoy this post on the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin as I.

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

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