Montand, the French Lover
Until August 19, 2018
53 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, 75006 Paris
Capacity 118 seats
1 hour 20 minutes
English Subtitles and Programme included
English-speaking staff at the theatre
An authentic Parisian experience amongst international travellers and French people
Edith Piaf's lover, Marilyn Monroe's sweetheart, Simone Signoret's husband, Gérard Depardieu's costar... Yves Montand is a man of many titles.
The French-Italian singer and actor was the definition of a self-made man, and with his rise to fame his charms certainly earned him the title of the French lover. Get a small musical glimpse of the man behind the fame, the man who never forgot his humble roots.
Confidant of the famous songstress Edith Piaf, married French film star Simone Signoret, and rumoured to be Marilyn Monroe's lover, Montand certainly was known in close circles with the stars, and many fell under his charm.
But who was the face behind this lure of stardom? Montand was also a man who never forgot his roots. His sister recounts and sings her dear brother's tales with passion and a good dose of humour from her hair salon in the south of France.
Through nostalgia and song, she remembers her brother's tumultuous life, from the early years working on the Mediterranean docks, to his rise to international stardom.
In 1975, this modern cultural center was created in an old blow-torch factory in the heart of Paris, having been forcibly moved from its original location to make way for the construction of the Montparnasse Tower. The aim of the Lucernaire founders was to create a shared space of urban culture, and the Lucernaire of today is just that! In addition to live performances, you will also find modern art exhibitions, film screenings, and a dining area at the Lucernaire. You may even cross paths with one of the actors at the onsite bar and terrace! The venue also regularly organises public poetry and theatrical readings, concerts, and debates, truly dedicated to all modern cultural expression. What's even more unique is its layout. When you enter the Lucernaire center, you enter into a private indoor/outdoor courtyard complete with park benches, giving way to theatres for both cinema and live performances, a restaurant, and a bar and terrace often spilling into the street with patrons stopping by for an afterwork drink and a dose of culture.
The Lucernaire derives its apt name from the ancient liturgy practice of le lucernarium, lighting the lamps at nightfall, the precise hour when many theatres begin opening their doors! With its cobblestone courtyard and classic Wallace fountains, this venue will bring you back to the 1920s and 30s, a time of artistic exploration and celebrating all things culture. French actor Gérard Depardieu has even performed on the Lucernaire stage!
Handicap Accessible? Unfortunately, no
Air conditioning? Yes