Théâtre de l’Odéon

  • Pl. de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris
  • Capacity: 770 seats
  • Odéon       
  • Luxembourg       


History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre de l’Odéon

To understand the purpose and history of this iconic venue, you need only consider the origins of its name. An odeon was a building in Ancient Greece and Rome, used primarily for singing exercises, musical performances, spoken poetry, and music competitions. In present day Paris, the Théâtre de l’Odéon is not far from this definition - keeping with the theme of artistic expression, this Parisian venue is used for plays, although music also plays a large role.

The Théâtre de l’Odéon, more commonly known as L’Odéon by Parisians, is one of the best known theatres in the capital. Located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, this iconic venue attracts theatre-lovers year-round who come to see plays that are as textually rich as they are in terms of stagecraft. Here, contemporary authors rub shoulders with the classic playwrights of the past, and the most prominent directors demonstrate their exceptional talent via innovative staging and stunning adaptations.

A veritable institution in the Parisian theatrical landscape, the Odéon was inaugurated in 1782 to accommodate the Théâtre-Français troupe, the forerunner of the Comédie-Française, and in 1784, the theatre experienced triumph with Beaumarchais' widely successful La Folle Journée and The Marriage of Figaro. In May 1968, the students occupied the theatre during the famous ‘Mai 68’ period of civil unrest, supported by Jean-Louis Barrault, a great French theatre director at the time. Rest assured, today the performances take place in a calm and good mood, and you can enjoy theatre undisturbed.

Comedies, heart-tugging dramas, hair-raising thrillers… at the Théâtre de l’Odéon, the stage brings culture to life via stunning performances. Why not pay a visit?


Fast facts
Capacity: 770
Handicap Accessible: Yes. In good time before your show, please notify us at so that we can inform the theatre and ensure accessible placement.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (free service)


Pl. de l'Odéon, 75006 Paris

Odéon       , Luxembourg       , Saint-Michel    

Past shows at this venue