5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity 300 seats
1 hour and 20 minutes
For all ages
Highlights: Twelfth Night
A great classic by the English playwright William Shakespeare, this play was written on the occasion of the traditional festivities of the same name, which gave birth to... the galette des rois, a French tradition in January!
Story: Twelfth Night
After a terrible shipwreck, young Viola is separated from her twin brother. Arriving in an unknown country, she decides to pass herself off as a man which triggers a farandole of situations, each more perplexing than the next...
Love intrigues, hilarious misunderstandings and moments of poetic grace intertwine in an atmosphere of joyful madness, carrying away the fate of the characters one after the other.
After Hervé Bazin's Viper in the Fist, the Taxaudier company offers a joyful and lively adaptation of Shakespeare's great comedy.
Théâtre Le Ranelagh
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 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