The Imaginary Invalid
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 750 seats
2 hours and 5 minutes
Recommended for all ages
This play’s English title is The Imaginary Invalid and Molière wrote it while ill himself! So it’s no surprise that it counts among the playwright’s wittiest comedies. Subterfuge and trickery are the order of the day in this timeless satirical work.
Led by Guillaume Gallienne in the role of Argan, the acclaimed actors of the Comédie-Française bring to life a version devised by Swiss director Claude Stratz. Stratz died in 2007, but his production of Molière’s classic has become one of the jewels in the Comédie-Française repertoire. The actors will be accompanied by a vocal quartet, harpsichord and viola da gamba, breathing new life into Lully’s music and Molière’s social satire.
To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose from a selection of unique add-ons upon booking, such as a glass of champagne and an exclusive programme. See below for more details.
Argan is a tyrannical father and an inveterate hypochondriac. He is surrounded by useless doctors who take advantage of his ailments, less concerned with his health than with currying favour. He wants his daughter Angélique to marry Thomas, a doctor, but she refuses because she is in love with the young Cléante. Meanwhile, his new wife Béline is waiting for him to die so that she can inherit his fortune. The cunning servant Toinette schemes to bring about everyone’s comeuppance.
Premium Options & Experiences
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose one of the following upgraded offers 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.
Château de Versailles’ Opéra Royal
Categorized a 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 staging in Paris due its lavishing décor composed of early century design. The ceiling above the room comprises of an exquisite form of art, something similar to what you would see in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy.
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 and for official shows such as the opening of the Versailles museum in 1837. Renovated an 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).
For more information, please see the map above.
In case of any difficulty, you may contact our customer service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.
What should I do when I arrive at Royal Opera of Versailles?
We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the show. Show your ticket at reception and the staff will take care of you.
Is there a dress code?
There is no specific dress code, however, proper clothing is required. For the gala evenings, we suggest men to wear a suit and ladies to wear a dress.
How long does the show last ?
The performance of The Imaginary Invalid lasts 2 hours and 5 minutes without intermission.
Can I take pictures 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 Royal Opéra of Versailles before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous evening at the theatre!
Is tipping customary?
Each spectator is greeted in the hall by an usher who will lead them to the seat. According to custom at the Opéra Royal of Versailles, ushers may request a tip which you may grant if you wish. It is by no means mandatory.