The Bourgeois Gentleman (Ranelagh)
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats
1 hour and 40 minutes
Recommended for all ages
A new stroke of genius for director Jean-Philippe Daguerre with The Bourgeois Gentleman at the theatre Le Ranelagh. In an energetic, funny and musical staging, Jean-Philippe Daguerre brings back to life Monsieur Jourdain and the enthusiastic adventures of Molière's comedy.
Period costumes, dance scenes, and musical interludes performed live on flute, guitar, clarinet, percussion, and piano await you on the stage of the theatre Le Ranelagh. The refreshing show, The Bourgeois Gentleman, is perfect for introducing youngsters to Molière and will be a hit with all types of audiences.
Monsieur Jourdain is a rich bourgeois who dreams of climbing up the social ladder. He signs himself up for dance, music, fencing, and philosophy lessons, and buys himself a new outfit – one so outrageous that everyone who lays eyes on him bursts into laughter, especially his wife! Regardless, Jourdain prefers to woo the marquise Dorimène, who in turn makes fun of him with her lover, Dorante.
With his daughter Lucile being of marrying age, Monsieur Jourdain sees the perfect opportunity to raise his social status by marrying her off to a nobleman. So when middle-class Cléonte asks for Lucile's hand in marriage, Jourdain refuses. Cléonte decides to beat Jourdain at his own game, passing himself off as the son of the Sultan of Turkey and setting up a zany ruse to win the noble wannabe's approval. One might ask themselves, to what end can you keep this up? See The Bourgeois Gentleman yourself at the theatre Le Ranelagh to find out how far Monsieur Jourdain truly goes to win peoples’ approval.
Théâtre Le Ranelagh
Step into the grand auditorium of the Théâtre le Ranelagh, and prepare to be wowed by the ornate carved oak paneling 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 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 le 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 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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning: No
Where will I be seated?
There are two categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is a French style auditorium, which means that all seats face the stage and Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed to have an optimal view of the stage.
How do I get to the theatre Le Ranelagh ?
The theatre is accessible by line 9 and the RER C, and the easiest metro stations are La Muette (Line 9) or Boulainvilliers (RER C).
Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.
What do I do when I get to the theatre Le Ranelagh?
We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
How long does the Bourgeois Gentilhomme last?
The show lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.
Can I take photos 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 theatre Le Ranelagh before and after the performance, as a souvenir of your gorgeous evening at the theatre!
Is tipping customary?
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.”