Théâtre Ranelagh

  • 5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
  • Capacity : 300 seats
  • Boulanvilliers   
  • La Muette     


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.


Fast facts

Capacity: 300

Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas

Air conditioning? No


5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris

Boulanvilliers     , La Muette     , Passy    

Past shows at this venue



Moliere's Scapin the Schemer

Scapin, an arrogant and pompous valet, has a knack for manipulation. In the name of love, he skillfully plays the members of his household against one another, using careful diplomacy and a host of white lies.
until 6/24/17
from 29 €



The Marriage of Figaro

'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
until 5/29/15
from 29 €


Expat Night - Cyrano de Bergerac

Each month, our English-speaking friends gather in Paris for drinks and a show. Check what's playing for Expat Theatre Night this month!
until 4/23/18
from 44 €


Cyrano de Bergerac

The most infamous love triangle of all time... a tragic piece about master poet and sword-wielder who is brave in everything but love.
until 1/2/21
from 20 €



Molière's The Miser (L'Avare)

A rip-roaring, ever popular piece about passion, penny-pinching, and family matters, by France's favorite playwright, Molière.
until 12/26/20
from 20 €


The Cid

This rendition of Corneille’s Le Cid tells the timeless tale of forbidden love and familial duty, all adorned in majesty of a true Parisian stage. Akin to a Romeo and Juliet, Le Cid captures the heart-wrenching twists and turns of young love and ancient f
until 12/31/20
from 20 €


Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas

An undeniable pairing? Paris, theatre, and Victor Hugo. Ruy Blas is a commoner-in-disguise who dares to love Spanish royalty.
until 4/28/18
from 30 €


The Picture of Dorian Gray

A taste of Oscar Wilde right here in Paris, the consequences of the pleasures and fancies of Victorian aristocracy know no bounds!
until 1/23/21
from 25 €


The Picture of Dorian Gray (English version)

A taste of Oscar Wilde right here in Paris, the pleasures and fancies of Victorian aristocracy know no bounds! Select special dates performed entirely in English
until 4/5/19
from 25 €


Molière's Dom Juan

The lordly Dom Juan and his sidekick embark on endless adventures of seduction, but will his wiling ways catch up with him in the end?
until 12/19/20
from 20 €


Molière's The Misanthrope

A humorous yet ironic play written and performed by Molière himself once before about one man’s battle with France’s deceptive society.
until 4/12/20
from 27 €