Le Montespan

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Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère

Until April 28, 2024

100% in French


Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère
5 rue La Bruyère, 75009 Paris
Capacity 336 seats


1 h 30 min

No intermission


Classical theatre

For all audiences

In French

Highlights: Le Montespan

This is a play that will delight history buffs.
Le Montespan, based on the novel by French writer Jean Teulé, plunges the audience into French history by revealing the sentimental trials and tribulations of a man whose name is famous for his wife's love affair with Louis XIV.
It sheds light on the fascinating story of the Marquis de Montespan, France's most famous cuckold.


At the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère, immerse yourself in French history by slipping an eye through the latch. Small stories are also part of the big story.

Story: Le Montespan

In 1663, Louis-Henri de Pardaillan, Marquis de Montespan, and the beautiful Françoise de Rochechouart married, uniting their destinies. However, their marital bliss was overshadowed by mounting debts, forcing them to look for desperate solutions to the financial impasse. The Marquis embarked on a perilous journey to join the army of Louis XIV, hoping to curry favour with the Sun King and solve their problems.



While the Marquis de Montespan was away, fate played a cruel trick on him. Françoise, his loving wife, became the favourite of King Louis XIV, plunging the court into a turmoil of love. The Sun King, famous for his amorous appetites, has fallen in love with the charming Françoise, sparking off a bitter rivalry between the sovereign and the Marquis.



The Marquis de Montespan, refusing to be defeated by the pangs of betrayal, rose up against the King to win back his beloved. He waged a relentless war to win back his wife's love, renouncing all the favours granted to him as a royal cuckold. His most emblematic act was to adorn his carriage with gigantic horns, a striking symbol of his situation.



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Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère

5 rue La Bruyère, 75009 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère

The Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris - the very same neighbourhood that houses the Palais Garnier, the home of the Paris Opéra, lending this prestigious district a reputation of grandeur and theatrical prowess. Unlike the Paris Opéra, the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère is an intimate venue little-known to tourists, complete with unique charm and a rich history. Founded in 1980, this theatre was once a cinema, giving it a distinctive ambiance and a sense of intimacy unfound in many of the capital’s more well-known stages.


From its opening day, the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère has offered a diverse programme, ranging from beloved pieces of classical theatre to innovative contemporary creations. Many renowned theatre productions have graced the stage of this remarkable venue, introducing audiences to captivating productions new and old and veritable masters of the craft. Whilst its original whimsy has certainly not been lost over time, the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère has inevitably evolved over the course of its existence. Successive renovations have improved the infrastructure whilst restoring its soul and character, maintaining its reputation as a dynamic space for creativity and theatrical innovation that simultaneously does not shy away from the evolving interests of a contemporary audience.


Today, this retro-style theatre remains a pillar of the Parisian theatre scene, attracting diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you are a theatre aficionado or developing a new-found passion, the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère will open the door to abundant possibility and creativity. Whilst it cannot complete with the grandeur of Paris’ most prestigious institutions, the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère retains its own individualistic charm as an untarnished pearl of Old Paris, and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of theatre enthusiasts across the capital and beyond.


A space that epitomises the diversity and richness of theatre in Paris, offering a uniquely cultural experience within a welcoming historical setting that is sorely missing from many Paris travel guides. A visit to a show at the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in the 9th arrondissement of Paris - if you’re looking for a Parisian activity off the beaten track, why not pay a visit to this gem of the Parisian thespian scene?


Fast facts
Capacity: 336
Handicap Accessible: Yes - for handicap-accessible requests, please inform us at hello@theatreinparis.com so that the theatre can give you the best possible welcome.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


How do I get to Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère in the 9th arrondissement of Paris?

Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère is accessible by:
Metro lines: Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère is accessible by the metro lines 2 or 12 which run until the metro stations Pigalle or Saint-Georges.
Bus lines: Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère is accessible by the bus lines 40, 74, 26, 43, 45, and 85 which run until the stations Saint-Georges - Châteaudun, Châteaudun - Lamartine.
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of Le Montespan, and present your voucher at the front desk. Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does the theatre piece, Le Montespan, last?

Le Montespan lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.

Can I take photos during the performance of Le Montespan?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Le Montespan. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère to remember your night out!

It says that Le Montespan is in French with no surtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?

Le Montespan is more suited to a French-speaking audience because it is performed exclusively in French. If you feel like you have the level of French to follow along—discover French theatre through this lovely piece!

Where can I find the seating plan for the theatre?

You can find the seating plan in the theatre’s "photo" section on this page.

Does the venue have a specific dress code at Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère?

There is no specific dress code but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.

Is there a coat check available at the Theatre Actuel La Bruyère?

At Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère you can leave your belongings at the coat check located in the theatre lobby. For safety reasons, suitcases, large bags and scooters are not allowed in the theatre, including the cloakroom. Helmets and umbrellas must be left at the coat check. The service charge is €1.50 per item.

Is tipping customary at Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère in Paris?

At Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère, it is forbidden to leave a tip.

If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?

In the event of a delay, spectators will be allowed entrance to the theatre but seating in the purchased category is not guaranteed.

Is there a bar at the Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère?

The Théâtre Actuel La Bruyère has a bar that offers a selection of hot and cold drinks as well as snacks and sweets.

How do I know if my seats are next to each other?

Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session, in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.