5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats
1 hour and 40 minutes
Suitable for all ages
Jean-Philippe Daguerre offers a spirited staging where sword fights, extravagant costumes and Spanish music give new life to Corneille's piece, Le Cid. Performing a tragicomedy, skilled actors bring this play to life with energy and passion without forgetting the immense amount of humor written into the storyline. The theatre Le Ranelagh presents a timeless story of forbidden love and family duty and its heartbreaking twists.
Chimène and Rodrigue are madly in love. However, a quarrel between their fathers ruins their hope of marriage. To save his family's honor, Rodrigue must avenge his father, even if it means confronting Chimene's father. These two young heroes will prove to us, with loud cries, gentle tears, great sacrifices, and steadfast courage, that love is the cure for all our ills.
Discover Corneille's masterpiece, Le Cid, on the true Parisian stage of the théâtre Le Ranelagh with the elegant and inventive staging by Jean-Pierre Daguerre. A play that will appeal to all ages and allow you to dive back into one of the greatest classics of French theater.
Beautiful production of Corneille's Le Cid -- acting, fencing, costumes, the works. Beautiful theater, too. Got used to surtitles quickly.
We greatly enjoyed our visit to the theatre to watch the wonderful production of 'The Cid' and it's a memory we will long cherish.
Théâtre Le Ranelagh
Step into the grand auditorium of the theater 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 theater 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 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 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 above.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
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 show last?
The performance of The Cid lasts one hour and fifty minutes with no intermission.
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.”
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!