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Théâtre Le Ranelagh

Until October 7, 2022

French

Location

Théâtre Le Ranelagh
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats

Duration

1 hour and 30 minutes

Without intermission


Details

Comedy 

From thirteen years old

French only


Highlights

Hervé Devolder, author, composer and performer of this kooky comedy has already won two Molières for his musical shows Chance ! and Les fiancés de Loches.


 

Story

It is 1902. The businessman Philidor Fromentelle is a candle maker in Elbeuf. He is also the manager of the pleasure house, La Rose Éclose, without his pious wife, Lucienne Fromentelle, knowing a single thing about it.
Suddenly, a wealthy benefactor announces himself and wants to dedicate his fortune to the cause of orphans. Mr. Fromentelle then disguises his brothel as an orphanage, hoping to deceive his naive patron. Lucienne, discovering the existence of this new charitable institution, feels good willed and arrives unexpectedly to support the poor orphans. Meanwhile, the clients continue to come and go…


 

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Théâtre Le Ranelagh

5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris

Step into the grand auditorium of the Théâtre le Ranelagh, and prepare to be wowed by the ornate carved oak paneling adorning the orchestra and balconies, as well as the intricately decorated ceiling. Looking around you it’s not hard to believe that this building is listed as one of Paris’ 'historical monuments'…

 

The Théâtre le Ranelagh is tucked away in the heart of Paris’ 16th arrondissement, a few paces away from the Eiffel tower on one side, and the bois de Boulogne on the other. It is built on the site of the old Château de Boulainvilliers, the estate was at the time right outside the city and covered 8 hectares (almost 12 football fields!). The theatre itself is rich in history and over 120 years old, after being converted to replace the chateau's music room by the landowner of the time into his own private venue where he could invite all the best-known actors and musicians in Paris to play there for him and his friends. After his death, the entire estate was destroyed to make way for the expanding city of Paris. All, that is, except for the theatre which was miraculously saved, and to this day still stands in its original spot! Don't be fooled by the unassuming exterior, once inside the Théâtre le Ranelagh you can feast your eyes on its original decor of plush red velvet seating and carved oak paneling throughout.

 

The theatre is designed in the French style, meaning all of the seats are directly facing the stage and giving the auditorium a rectangular shape. The venue also features a small bar in its foyer complete with a fireplace and enough seating for up to 80 people, perfect for a drink before the performance.

 

Not just a theatre

For a time in the early 1900s, the theatre was used as a cinema, which was incredibly popular. The director of the world famous film Les enfants du paradis loved the theatre, and often programmed the film to be screened there. The cinema tradition still exists at le Ranelagh, and films are still screened there from time to time! In addition to film screenings and a show programme rich with plays by classic French playwrights, the Théâtre le Ranelagh holds puppet shows for younger audiences and other community events.

 

Fast facts

Capacity: 300

Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning: No

Heating: Yes

FAQ

Where will I be seated ?

There are two categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is a French-style auditorium, which means that all seats face the stage, and Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed in the Balcony to have an optimal view of the stage.

How do I get to the Théâtre Le Ranelagh ?

The theatre is accessible by line 9 and the RER C, and the easiest metro stations are La Muette (Line 9) or Boulainvilliers (RER C). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

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

Can I take photos during the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during the performance. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre Ranelagh before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous evening at the theatre!

Is tipping customary?

Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect 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.”

Covid-19 Information

Specific measures and obligations may apply to this show. Before making your reservation, please check the updated information on our Covid-19 page: https://www.theatreinparis.com/en/page/covid-19