Molière and Lully's George Dandin
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
1 hour 30 minutes
Recommended for all ages
In French without surtitles
Highlights: Molière and Lully's George Dandin
After staging Le Misanthrope and Le Tartuffe, famous French actor and director Michel Fau once again takes on a comedy by Molière: George Dandin ou Le Mari Confondu. This comedy-ballet is accompanied by the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully and was first presented in 1668 in Versailles for Louis XIV. More than 350 years after its creation, George Dandin will be staged at Versailles once again, in its unique baroque and extravagant staging! Four singers and seven actors will be accompanied by the musicians of the Marguerite Louise Ensemble under the direction of Gaétan Jarry. Together they will bring Molière's excellent farce and Lully's musical pieces to life.
To make your experience unforgettable, you can choose from a selection of unique complementary offers and options at the time of your reservation, such as a glass of champagne and a program. See below for more information.
Story: Molière and Lully's George Dandin
A wealthy peasant George Dandin marries Angelique de Sotenville, daughter of a ruined gentleman, thus exchanging his fortune for a title of nobility. However, it does not take long for him to realize that his wife, Angélique, does not mind some extra attention from the young Clitandre. As soon as Dandin tries to expose his wife's infidelity to his in-laws, the situation turns against him. The new noble finds himself mocked several times, giving rise to some wacky situations.
With sublime costumes by Christian Lacroix, the director Michel Fau, who also plays George Dandin, creates the grandiose baroque aesthetic to bring the burlesque pale of Molière and Lully to life.
Premium Option & Experience
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this upgraded offer at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Show
This offer includes a glass of champagne and a printed programme, as well as exclusive access to the best two seating categories.
Royal Opera of Versailles
The Royal Opera of Versailles
Categorized as one of the largest performance halls in Europe during its inauguration in 1770 requested by Louis XV, it is presently still admired as one of the grand luxurious stages in Paris due to its lavishing décor composed of early-century design. The ceiling above the room comprises an exquisite form of art, something similar to what you would see in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Opéra Royal was no ordinary room, it was prestigious among wealthy individuals who fancied theater. Hosting 1,500 people, only a specific number of guests were invited to view the best shows in Paris at the esteemed Versailles palace. Later the room was also used as a ballroom and a banquet hall.
After the revolution the Opéra Royal room was left whole but stripped of its 18th-century embellishment. Altering its original appearance, the room is renovated for official shows such as the opening of the Versailles museum in 1837. Renovated and inaugurated once again in 1957 after the Second World War by orders of architect André Japy, the room undertook a whole new look. In 2009 Opéra Royal opened its doors to spectators from all over the world and began to display an array of enlightened shows such as contemporary dance, ballet recitals, opera, and classical music concerts. Presently it offers more than 100 performances per season in its golden room occupied with ostentatious chandeliers, surrounded by red velvet seating.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No
How do I get to the Royal Opera of Versailles?
You may access the Royal Opera of Versailles by RER C at Versailles Château Rive Gauche station, by using lines N and U of the Transilien at Versailles Chantiers station and also by line L at Versailles Rive Droite station.
The Opera is also accessible by bus line 171.
The Royal Opera is located on the grounds of the Castle. Access is via Door B (on the right in the Cour d'honneur, near the Royal Chapel).
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