Du bonheur de donner (The Joy of Giving)

with Ariane Ascaride
Théâtre Lucernaire

Show ended

100% in French


Théâtre Lucernaire
53 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 75006 Paris
Capacity 118 seats


1h 10min

No intermission



Solo performance

For all audiences 

In French

Highlights: Du bonheur de donner (The Joy of Giving)

The stage of the Lucernaire stage welcomes a film actress for this enlightening homage to the author of The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht. This Cesar-award winning star, praised for her delicate role in Robert Guédiguian's film Marius et Jeannette, invites us to fall in love with Brecht’s distinctive lyricism, reciting a selection of thirty pieces, from his poems to his humor. Don’t miss this captivating and original show The Joy of Giving (Du bonheur de donner) on the stage of the Lucernaire Theatre.

Story: Du bonheur de donner (The Joy of Giving)

Greatness and Decadence of the city of Mahagonny, Saint Joan of the Stockyards, The Exception and the Rule, Mother Courage and her Children, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, The Good Person of Szechwan...upon first glance, the work of Bertolt Brecht may be considered to be “serious”, “austere”. Ariane Ascaride, who has worked alongside the man himself, portrays him in a different light for her show The Joy of Giving. With the accompaniment of an accordionist, Ascaride opens the audience of the Lucernaire up to a world of humor, lyricism, theatrics, poetry, and Brecht’s undeniably astonishing brilliance. This show is a little gem that is guaranteed to open both your heart and mind.


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Théâtre Lucernaire

53 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 75006 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Lucernaire theatre

In 1975, this modern cultural center was created in an old blow-torch factory in the heart of Paris, having been forcibly moved from its original location to make way for the construction of the Montparnasse Tower. The founders of the Lucernaire sought to create a shared space for urban culture, and the Lucernaire we know and love today is just that! As well as live performances, you will also find modern art exhibitions, film screenings, and a dining area within its historic walls. You might even cross paths with one of the actors at the onsite bar and terrace!
Its status as a hive of modern cultural expression is attested by the venue’s regularly organized public poetry and theatrical readings, concerts, and debates. If the variety of its performances doesn’t already set it apart from the crowd, then its layout certainly will! Upon entering the Lucernaire theatre, you will enter into a private indoor/outdoor courtyard, giving way to theatre rooms for both cinema and live performances, a restaurant, and a bar and terrace that often spills onto the street with patrons stopping by for an afterwork drink and a dose of culture.


The Lucernaire derives its apt name from the ancient liturgy practice of le lucernarium, lighting the lamps at nightfall, the precise hour when many theatres begin opening their doors! With its cobblestone courtyard and classic Wallace fountains, this venue will bring you back to the 1920s and 30s, a time of artistic exploration and celebration of all things culture. French actor Gérard Depardieu has even performed on the Lucernaire stage!

Fast facts
Capacity: 118
Handicap Accessible: Unfortunately, no
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: No


How do I get to Théâtre le Ranelagh in the 16th arrondissement of Paris?

The Lucernaire is accessible by :
Metro lines:You can take line 4 to Vavin or line 12 to Notre-Dame-des-Champs or line 6 to Edgar Quinet or Raspail.
Bus lines: You can take the bus to the stops, Vavin, Raspail, Notre-dame-des-Champs, served by lines 58, 68, 82, 91, 94, 96.
Our customer service can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the Lucernaire?

We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of The Joy of Giving, and present your voucher at the front desk. Lucernaire’s staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does the theatre piece, Du bonheur de donner, last?

The Joy of Giving lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes, with no intermission.

Can I take photos during the performance of Du bonheur de donner?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of The Joy of Giving. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Lucernaire to remember your night out!

It says this show has no surtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?

The Joy of Giving is more suited to a French audience because it is performed exclusively in French. If you feel like you have the level of French to follow along—discover French theatre through this lovely piece!

Is there a coat check available at the Lucernaire?

There is no coat check available at the Lucernaire.

Does the venue have a specific dress code at the Lucernaire?

Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire.

Is tipping customary at the Lucernaire?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually appreciate a small tip of between €2 and €5, which you can give them when they’ve shown you to your seat.
Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire”, which literally translates to “to have a drink”.