Three theaters of Paris, Odeon, St Martin,and Edouard VII!

This was my introductory post on three wonderful theaters of Paris; since then have posts on each. Nevertheless, this is a memorable spots for my family to will post revised  and update links in my black and white series of posts; hope you enjoy it as I.

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 quant, and the shows are of historical significance in a historical building and of course ,Paris makes all worth it. 

The ones that I know well there is the Théatre des Nouveatés but that was for an entirely different show to see a friend who started out in expats circles in Paris showing How to be a Parisian and gain great following at this theater. 

We have the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin  located at 16 boulevard Saint Martin in the 10éme arrondissement or district of Paris . (see post on the porte de  St Martin)  The theater is the biggest in the grands du 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 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 theater is part of a group to support these theaters under the Théâtres Parisiens Associés or the associated Parisians theaters group. You get here 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.

The official webpage of the Theater of the Gate of Saint Martin

Next ,lets move on to the Théâtre Édouard VII,  aka Théâtre Édouard VII – Sacha Guitry, and located between the Madeleine and Opéra Garnier. This one have seen the most fyi

The square Edouard VII (see post) opened in 1911 founder of the association of the rue Edouard VII at the place of the stables of a company of horse drawn carriages. It had immediately the support of the king of England Edward VII aka the most Parisian of the English kings. At the times the boulevard  ended at Maxim’s and here an Englishmen William Sprague built a spectacle place in 1913.

In 1920, there was a declaration of love that attracted the public to the Theater Edouard VII , called Je t’aime, Sacha Guitry did the declaration to Yvonne Printemps. All of Paris was witness to the ravishes of this love.  ” No spring is more delicious than the one in Paris, but when it is called Yvonne, it becomes incomparable… it is impossible to embody more exactly Paris ”  During many years Sacha Guitry gives the theater a prosperours future .Today we can see the unique poster of Sarah Bernhardt n the lobby of the theater.

Noel Coward played in French the Happy Sorrows  and  Raymond Rouleau features A Streetcar Named Desire of Tennessee Williams with Arletty. Orson Welles confirms his vocation to this Anglo-Saxon theater, in 1950, he played The Lobster in English for two months. In a brief direction, Raymond Rouleau staged one of his great successes, dangerous turn of John Boynton Priestley, which he performed with Gaby Sylvia and Mylène Demongeot. The theatre Édouard VII then knows beautiful evenings. The  Theatre Édouard VII, decide to join forces under a common sign,  the Association of Parisian Theaters.

The official theater of Edward VII:

I like to tell you about an unique theater. The Théâtre national de l’Odéon,  aka since 1990 the  Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe, is located in the Place de l’Odéon in the 6éme arrondissement or district of Paris . The theater de l’Odéon can be reach by Metro lines 4 and 10 at the station Odeon as well as by RATP bus lines 58 63 70 87 86 87 89 96 and REC B and C. This is the most historical of them all.

Opened in 1782 to host the French theater or Théatre Français. Since 1971 the Odeon is part of the National Theaters of France . It is done in the Italian style and the exterior is neo classic. In 1767, the Marquis de Marigny director of the king’s properties asked for a project to built the French theater . The archtects chosen finally in 1778 were Marie Joseph Peyre and Charles de Wailly ,and worked began in 1779.

The exterior is sober with an austerity looking façade the original façade was flanked by pavilions linked by an arc and a semi circular layout, this is the first Italian inspired theater with an orchestra ,benches while the public attended on foot.  The crew of the Comédie-Française came here in 1782  and the salon was opened by queen Marie Antoinette. In 1784, it was played Le Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais created by Dazincourt also played before the queen Marie Antoinette and the court. Theater until 1789 ,the French revolution renamed it the Theater of the Nation. The theater of the Odeon was given by emperor Napoléon to the Senate and restored to its identical look to opened in 1808 under the name of her majesty the emperatrice and queen theater or Théâtre de Sa Majesté l’Impératrice et Reine of which again a fire destroyed it in 1818.

The new theater opened in 1819 and place by king Louis XVIII under the management of the Comédie-Française, as the second French theater or Second Théâtre-Français.  During the days of the Trois Glorieuses revolution in  July 1830 the theater was the center of the insurrection of the revolutionary youth. In 1848 Victor Hugo writes   “The Odeon is still deserted. putting a theatre in a deserted neighborhood that you want to vivify and imagine that you will bring the public, it’s as if you figure that by posing a fish on the earth somewhere, you will bring water”  As the area of the Faubourg Saint Germain does not attract as many folks as those of the Tuileries, Palais-Royal, and the now call Boulevard des Italians. Sarah Bernhardt made her beginnings here at the Odeon in the role of Aricie du Phédre by Racine giving for the feast of the emperor in 1866. However, it was in 1869 in the small act by François Coppée Le Passant that she entered in the costume of a Florentine trobabour and take off on her glorious career.  In 1872 she triumph in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo before joining the Comédie-Française.

By 1946 it passes again under the management of the Comédie Française with the room Salle Luxembourg for 13 years , and really it is not until 1990 that the Odeon is really independent and takes the name of the Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe  or Odeon theater of Europe in honor of the European theater project developed here by Giorgio Strehler in 1983.

The official theater of the Odéon/Europe:

The Association of Parisian Theaters  or Théâtres Parisiens Associes webpage:

The National Theaters of France are: Comédie-Française, Place Colette 1éme. Théâtre National de Chaillot ,1 pl du Trocadéro 16éme. Théâtre national de la Colline 15 Rue Malte Brun 20éme. National Theatre of Strasbourg; 1, Avenue of La Marseillaise, Strasbourg. And the above mentioned National Theatre of the Odéon/Europe.

The Ministry of Culture on the National Theaters of France webpage in French:

There you go, wonderful theaters of my eternal Paris and wonderful times with good friends always. You too should make time to visit one or two or…many. They are wonderful institutions full of history and architecture and you may like the presentations.

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

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