Moliere's Scapin the Schemer
Until June 24, 2017
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats
1 hour and 30 minutes
Suitable for all ages
French with English subtitles
Scapin, an arrogant and pompous valet, has a knack for manipulation. In the name of love, he skillfully plays the members of his household against one another, using careful diplomacy and a host of white lies.
In their fathers' absence, Octave and Léandre pledge their love to Hyacinthe and Zerbinette. But it all goes wrong when the fathers return with completely different marriage plans for their sons. Thankfully, Scapin schemes to keep these young lovers together.
Moliere, whose real name was Jean Baptiste Poquelin, composed 12 of the most satirical and durable comedies of all time, including "Scapin the Schemer". Boldly tongue-in-cheek, this Molière classic will have the whole family in stitches.
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