Having given the luxury to be represented as a historical monument back in February 1994, Théàtre du Gymnase has been for 199 years and starting 2020 it will have been around for 200 years. Not a lot of theatres get to indulge in being around for this amount of time, at least not yet. Its name originates from the fact that in the past it was used to train students from the Conservatory consisting of one act plays and slowly moved up to more acts.
Soon the theatre became recognized and the seats were being occupied by a great multitude of spectators and famed actors began their careers performing on that stage. Gas lighting was later installed thanks to the generosity of the Duchess of Berry, Marie Caroline Ferdinande Louise de Bourbon. Though it wasn’t because of the Duchess of Berry that the theatre was named Théàtre du Gymnase Marie Bell, it was due to a woman by the name of Marie Bell who took over the theatre in 1962.
Before Marie Bell famed actor Lemoine Montigny was the director of the theater in 1844, because of his enthusiasm to allure more audience members he added new attractive playwrights from Alexandre Dumas, George Sand, and Balzac.
Presently Théàtre du Gymnase Marie Bell welcomes hundreds of spectators from all over the world with opens doors introducing a variety of shows from classic to modern consisting of ballet recitals, musicals, plays, concerts, and stand up comedy. Recently it has partnered up with other theatres such as La Comedié des Boulevards and Le Nouveau Théàtre.