Familie by Milo Rau

La Colline National Theatre

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Other languages with surtitles


La Colline National Theatre
15 rue Malte-Brun - 75020 Paris
Capacity 655 seats


1h 30min

No intermission



Recommended for ages 16 and up

In Dutch surtitled in French and English

Highlights: Familie by Milo Rau

For theatre lovers seeking rich and complex plays in avant-garde productions by diverse European directors, there is no better venue in Paris than the Théâtre de la Colline. Since 2016, the theatre’s director Wajdi Mouawad, who is also a playwright and director, has devoted himself to championing four key principles: new writing and devised pieces, diversity, youth, and place.

This season, the Théâtre de la Colline presents Familie (Family), a new play by Swiss playwright, essayist, and journalist Milo Rau. Familie is the first part of Rau’s Trilogy of Private Life , which plunges audiences into the most deeply intimate scenes and tells stories of human courage, resilience, and vulnerability. Performances of the play will alternate with those of the second part of the trilogy Grief and Beauty.

Story: Familie by Milo Rau

Familie is inspired by the true story of an incident in Calais, which resulted in the collective suicide of an entire family for no apparent reason. On the stage of the Théâtre de La Colline, we are plunged into the day-to-day intimacy of one family, as its members eat, talk, listen to music... This is a family just like any other.

Setting out to understand the tragedy, director Milo Rau asks how we build a family unit in a Western society in crisis. Where do doubts come from and how do we engage with the meaning of life? In this play that tackles society’s problems head on, Rau offers a powerful and uncompromising reflection on the erosion of meaning in contemporary life.

Familie is not recommended for children under 16.


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La Colline National Theatre

15 rue Malte-Brun - 75020 Paris

History and Fun Facts about La Colline National Theatre

La Colline is one of the six national theatres with the Comédie-Française, the Odéon theatre, the Chaillot National Theatre, the Opéra-Comique National Theatre, and the Strasbourg National Theatre. It owes a lot to the work of Guy Rétoré who had directed the Théâtre de l'Est Parisian, ancestor of the La Colline theatre. It is under the impetus of its various directors (Jorge Lavelli, Alain Françon, Stéphane Braunschweig) that the theatre today presents plays by living French or foreign authors with an emphasis on avant-garde compositions. In 2016, Wajdi Mouawad became director of La Colline and focused his work on four main points: youth, territory, creation, and diversity. The architecture of the building (an all-glass facade) is a metaphor for the commitment to opening theatre up to the neighborhood and meeting with all audiences.

Fast facts
Capacity: 655
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to La Colline?

The nearest metro station to Théâtre de La Colline is Gambetta on Line 3. If you have trouble finding the theatre, our hotline can be reached on weekdays from 10am to 7pm Paris time. For more details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to La Colline?

We invite you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of Familie, and to present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Is Familie accessible to English speakers?

Familie is performed in Dutch, with surtitles in French and English. This is a great opportunity to see a play in another language, without missing any of its subtleties of it.

Is a program included with my ticket?

Tickets for Familie do not include a program. However, the ushers distribute a booklet in French free of charge, which includes an introduction by the play’s writer or director and provides an insight into the meaning of the show.

How long is the theatre piece, Familie?

Familie lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.

Why is the show recommended for those over 16?

Familie is recommended for those aged 16 and over because it contains some words, scenes and themes that may be offensive to younger audiences.

Will I be able to see the show if I’m late?

Familie always begins on time and the doors of the hall are closed on time. It will not be possible to see the show if you are late.

Is there a dress code at La Colline?

No, there is no dress code but reasonably smart attire is recommended.

Will I be able to see the surtitles properly?

The Théâtre de La Colline has a state-of-the-art auditorium, which was designed to optimise the viewing experience for all audience-members. The surtitles will be easily visible from all seats.

Should I tip the ushers?

Ushers do not accept tips at the Théâtre de La Colline.