Expat Night - Cyrano de Bergerac
Until 23 April 2018
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity : 300 seats
1 hour and 50 minutes
Recommended for ages 10 and up
French with English subtitles
English speakers based in Paris gather for Paris Expat Theatre Night, to enjoy drinks, meet fellow expats, and see a show at one of the city's many playhouses. The first Expat Night events brought us to see intimate musicals and modern comedies, and they were such a sell-out success that we’ve decided to create a monthly event!
In April, we're bringing our Expat theatrebuff friends to see French classic Cyrano de Bergerac, playing at the historically ornateThéâtre Ranelagh. Before the show, we will gather in the theatre's lovely bar to share a drink (included with the ticket!) and catch up on all things Paris.
About the show
The most famous love triangle in history: Cyrano de Bergerac, Christian, and Roxane. Our swashbuckling hero, Cyrano, complete with his famously-prominent nose, fights against the odds and reveals himself to be just as effective with the sword as he is with his words. He falls madly in love with his (distant) cousin, Roxane, only to find out that she loves another. Christian, a headstrong young soldier, as handsome as Cyrano is ugly, as dim-witted as Cyrano is sharp, has also fallen in love with Roxane. Will Cyrano win over her heart, or will Roxane remain unswayed by his both his poetic words and courageous swordfighting?
Step into the grand auditorium of the Théâtre du 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.
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? No