Rameau's Nephew

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Théâtre Le Ranelagh

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French surtitled in English (See the page)


Théâtre Le Ranelagh
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats


1 h 30 min

No intermission


Classical Theatre

Recommanded for ages 12 and up

In French (with English surtitles on Fridays)

Highlights: Rameau's Nephew

Familiarise yourself with the French theatrical spirit of the 18th century and develop your critical thinking with this, philosopher Denis Diderot’s most celebrated piece, Rameau’s Nephew (Le neveu de Rameau). Performed for your viewing pleasure at the one and only Théâtre Le Ranelagh, this social satire tells the tale of our protagonist, the nephew of Rameau: a cynical and unscrupulous musician who exposes his corrosive vision of the world.


Positing a profound reflection on human nature, prepare yourself for an unapologetic ridicule of the society of Diderot’s time, which weaponises irony and humour to communicate its criticisms. Nicolas Vaude fleshes out the character of the nephew, using his immaculate acting skill and perfection of emotion and irony to portray this cynical character. Similarly, the talented Gabriel Le Doze brings intensity and depth to the role of the philosopher. Expect verbal jousts aplenty, set against the sensational score of Rameau’s music, as performed by incredibly talented harpsichordist Olivier Baumont.




Surtitles in English on Fridays at 8:30 p.m.


If you’re looking to see this show with English surtitles on a day when there are no surtitles planned, it is also possible to add surtitles on a date of your preference if you have a group of more than 10 people!
Group requests must be made through contacting us at: hello@theatreinparis.com

Story: Rameau's Nephew

Théâtre Le Ranelagh presents a classic of French literature for your viewing pleasure!


Rameau’s Nephew, written by Denis Diderot in the 18th century, is a philosophical dialogue between the narrator, who is the philosopher himself, and Rameau's nephew, a fictional character. The dialogue explores the ideas of the nephew, a bohemian and cynical musician, about society and the human condition.
Provocative and intelligent at the same time, Rameau's nephew expresses his contempt for social and moral conventions. He criticises the hypocrisy and superficiality of the elites, while asserting the superiority of instincts and passions. He defends the concept of 'self-love' as the driving force behind human actions.


The dialogue is lively and passionate, with the nephew setting out his ideas with vital verve and humour. He questions notions of virtue, morality, and social success, and proposes an alternative vision of human nature. The narrator, for his part, tries to counter-argue and reason with the nephew, but is often overwhelmed by his quick wit and scathing repartee.


Rameau’s Nephew is a complex work that explores themes such as truth, human nature, society, and art. It challenges established values and encourages critical thinking. Although left unfinished, Diderot's play is considered a masterpiece of the satirical and philosophical genre. It continues to influence thinkers and spark debate on the nature of man and society. Long live the critical spirit!



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Théâtre Le Ranelagh

5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre Le Ranelagh

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 Théâtre Le 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 château'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 Le Ranelagh you can feast your eyes on its original decor of plush red velvet seating and carved oak panelling 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 Le 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 playwrights, the Théâtre Le Ranelagh holds puppet shows for younger audiences and other community events.


Fast facts
Capacity: 300
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes


How do I get to Théâtre Le Ranelagh in the 16th arrondissement of Paris?

The Théâtre Le Ranelagh is accessible by:
Metro lines: The Théâtre Le Ranelagh is accessible by the Metro lines 6 and 9 which run until the following Metro stations: La Muette, Passy
RER lines: The Théâtre Le Ranelagh is accessible RERC which run until the following RER stations:Boulainvilliers, Maison de la Radio Avenue du Président Kennedy.
Bus lines: The Théâtre Le Ranelagh is accessible by the bus line 22, 52, 32, 70, 72, which run until the following stations: Jean Bologne, Les Vignes and Radio France.

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 Le Ranelagh?

We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of Rameau's Nephew, and present your voucher at the front desk. Théâtre Le Ranelagh’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

Can I take photos during the performance of Rameau's Nephew at Théâtre Le Ranelagh?

In order not to disturb the artists and for the comfort of other spectators, it is forbidden to take pictures during Rameau's Nephew. However, you can take photos of the Théâtre le Ranelagh before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous evening at the theatre!

How long does the Rameau's Nephew last?

Rameau's Nephew lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Why is this theatre piece recommended for children over 12?

Indeed, Rameau's Nephew deals with philosophical themes. It therefore requires some introduction to philosophy.

For the surtitled performances, 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 surtitles screen above the stage. 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.

Is Rameau's Nephew international audiences or French speakers?

Rameau's Nephew is performed in its original French version, but is surtitled in English every Friday so that international tourists can enjoy this French classic too.

If you’re looking to see this show with English surtitles on a day when there are no surtitles planned, it is also possible to add surtitles on a date of your preference if you have a group of more than 10 people!
Group requests must be made through contacting us at: hello@theatreinparis.com

Is tipping customary at Le Ranelagh?

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”.