Grief and Beauty 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 35min

No intermission


Classic Theatre

Recommended for ages 16 and up

In Dutch surtitled in French and English

Highlights: Grief and Beauty 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 Grief and Beauty, a new play by Swiss playwright, essayist, and journalist Milo Rau. Grief and Beauty is the second 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 first part of the trilogy Familie.

Story: Grief and Beauty by Milo Rau

In Grief and Beauty at the Théâtre de la Colline, Milo Rau takes a forensic look at suffering, death and final goodbyes, as well as at our capacity for remembrance and solidarity in the face of life’s fragility. Four actors assist a woman who has made the decision to be euthanized. Together, they bring to life her own personal stories about art, love, goodbyes, memories and forgetting. A true love song to life, Grief and Beauty pays tribute to the tiny but beautiful banalities of everyday life through dramaturgy that is rooted in unflinching realism. The most gut-wrenching testimonies are transformed into poetry in this play where raw emotion becomes a thing of beauty.


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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 the theatre 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 the theatre?

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

Is Grief and Beauty accessible to English speakers?

Grief and Beauty 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 subtleties of language.

Is a program included in my ticket?

Tickets for Grief and Beauty 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 Grief and Beauty?

Grief and Beauty lasts 1 hour and 35 minutes, with no intermission.

Why is the show recommended for children over 16?

Grief and Beauty 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?

Grief and Beauty always begins on time. The doors of the hall will be closed and 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 business-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 optimize 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.