5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats
1 hour and 35 minutes
For all audiences
In French - Single date with English surtitles on March 31st
The company "Les Nomadesques" is back in force with its latest creation "Le Dindon" by Georges Feydeau. Humor, rythms, fantasy, and virtuosity of the dialogues are the key words of this famous piece, one of the greatest comedies of the French theatrical repertoire, brilliantly directed by Vincent Caire.
Pontagnac, notorious womanizer and friend of Vatelin, stubbornly seeks to seduce Lucienne, his friend's wife. Although in love and faithful to her husband, Lucienne declares that she fatefully be with Pontagnac if he could prove the infidelity of her Vatelin, who is all-too amused by this unusual situation.
Following this declaration, Pontagnac makes every effort to claim this victory...luckily for him everything falls into his favor with the arrival of Maggy, a very old English mistress of Vatelin, who threatens to die if he refuses to meet her at a hotel she reserved for the weekend.
In this catastrophy of a story line, find out who will end up as the butt of the joke, or, as we say in French, as "Le Dindon de la farce"
Step into the grand auditorium of the Théâtre le Ranelagh, and prepare to be wowed by the ornate carved oak panelling 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 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 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 the 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 playrights, the Théâtre Ranelagh holds puppet shows for younger audiences and other community events.
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? No
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?
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 and subtitles. Please note that some performances are surtitled in English or adapted French and audio description with the use of surtitling glasses. Please consult the calendar to check the surtitled performances.
How do I get to the Theatre 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 am to 7pm 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.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts one hour and thirty five minutes with no intermission.
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 the Ranelagh Theater 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.”
Can I watch the show with English Surtitles?
surtitling in English is possible on request for groups only by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org