The Turing Machine (Palais-Royal)
38 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Capacity 716 seats
1 hour and 25 minutes
Suitable for all ages
French with no surtitles
The Turing Machine returns to the Palais-Royal theater as Benoît Solès' play celebrates the visionary and fascinating man who decoded the Enigma machine used by the Nazi army during the Second World War. Through its modern writing soaked in dramatic tension, the play offers a sensitive, funny, and breathtaking story about the English genius.
The Turing Machine won four Molières at its premiere in 2018, including Best Performance, proving that it is a show that has turned many heads!
The Turing Machine recites the story of Alan Turing, an English mathematician, who built a “thinking” machine that turned out to be the first computer. During the Second World War, he was recruited by the British secret service and his methods made it possible to break the Enigma machine used by the Nazi armies. Although this is the beginning of his story, it doesn't stop there. Forced into silence by the secret service, he was later convicted of homosexuality, before committing suicide.
The Turing Machine retells the extraordinary destiny of a genius who was unjustly kept in the shadows and crushed by the self-righteous "machine" of 1950s England. Through an ingenious set design that skillfully integrates video into the staging as well as goes back and forth in time to present two talented actors that will retrace the gripping and extraordinary story of Alan Turing.
Théâtre du Palais-Royal
In 1637, Cardinal Richelieu had a theatre built in one of the buildings of the Palais Royal. Named Théâtre Beaujolais, it was used by Molière's troupe. When the latter died, his collaborator, Jean-Baptiste Lully, transformed it into a music academy and it was in this theatre that, in 1735, the first performance of the opera-ballet Les Indes Galantes took place. Victim of two fires, the theatre was rebuilt several times and bought in 1787 by Mademoiselle Montansier. She welcomed many Italian operas and the theatre had a number of different names: Théâtre Montansier, Théâtre de la Montagne, Théâtre du Péristyle du Jardin Égalité, etc.
After the ban came the successes...
In 1807, a decree limited the number of theatres in Paris to 8. The proximity of the theatre to the Comédie-Française forced Mademoiselle Montansier to settle at the Théâtre des Variétés. During the ban, comedies were prohibited and the theatre was used for acrobats and dog shows. After the July Revolution of 1830, the actor Dormeuil had the theatre completely rebuilt: the Théâtre du Palais-Royal as we know it today was inaugurated in 1831. Eugène Labiche and Georges Feydeau's first successes took place on the stage of the theatre: Un Fil à la Patte, Le Système Ribadier and The Italian Straw Hat. The theatre then hosted vaudevilles and operettas under the baton of Hervé, known as the father of the operetta. It is also at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal that many works by Jacques Offenbach saw the light of day, including the opera-bouffe La Vie Parisienne.
A theatre dedicated to French culture
In 1880, the architect Paul Sédille redecorated the auditorium with gilding and red velvet and added to the exterior of the building, the emergency exits were covered with mosaic, which make the facade of the theatre so charming. Ever since that date, the greatest figures of French theatre have taken turns on the stage: Mistinguett, Tristan Bernard, Zizi Jeanmaire, Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Raymond Devos etc ... In 1989, François Lemonnier, Francis Nani, and Christian Azzopardi took over the direction of the building. Since then, the best contemporary French plays have run alongside Feydeau's farces. The Théâtre du Palais-Royal has become one of the essential places for French theatrical creation.
Handicap accessible? Unfortunately, no.
Air conditioning? Yes