The Marriage of Figaro
Until May 29, 2015
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats
1 hour and 30 minutes
Suitable for all ages
French with English subtitles
'The Marriage of Figaro' by Pierre Beaumarchais is one of the most significant and influential plays in the French theatre repertoire. It is a fast-paced, witty romantic comedy that also raises important social and political questions, which still ring as true today as they did when the play was written over 200 years ago!
"Without the freedom to criticise, there is no true praise..." - Figaro, Act V Scene 3
‘The Marriage of Figaro’ is one of the most significant plays in the French theatre repertoire, and plays an integral part in French history. The play is a fast-paced, witty romantic comedy, which also raises important social and political issues that still ring as true now as they did over 200 years ago.
Subtitled ’The Mad Day’, the play tells the story of Figaro, (valet to the Count Almaviva) who is preparing to marry Suzanne, the first maid of the Countess. However, the Count threatens to get in the way should Suzanne not succumb to his advances. Meanwhile, the Countess is determined to take revenge on her fickle husband… All of these elements are woven together to create the eventful action of one single “mad day”, as the audience runs to keep up with the witty dialogue, frenetic action, and countless twists and turns!
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