Molière in Spite of Myself
Until September 2, 2017
26 rue de la Gaîté, 75014 Paris
Capacity 400 seats
1 hour and 30 minutes
Suitable for all ages
French with English subtitles
If you don’t know the extraordinary significance of a specific chair - today displayed at the Comédie Française - to the story of legendary French playwright and actor Molière, your curiosity will soon be satisfied.
‘Molière in Spite of Myself’ takes us through the last 15 years of the protagonist’s chaotic and difficult life, introducing us to the women he loved, the friends he valued and, of course, the enemies he loathed. Also showing us various notable encounters such as that with King Louis XIV, the one-man show takes us right up to the end, examining the strange circumstances surrounding Molière’s death…
Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse
The concept of ‘Café-concerts’ were extremely popular in Paris in the second half of the 19th century. People used to go along to watch a show – typically mime, dance or cabaret – whilst eating, drinking and, inevitably, being rowdy. This was how the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse started when it opened its doors in 1868.
Later on, however, the 1930s represent a bleak period in the venue’s history, due to the decline in popularity of café-concert culture. The theatre’s repertoire became more and more vulgar, with the direction desperately offering increasingly sultry shows to try to attract spectators, before eventually giving up. The Second World War, however, saw various troops of singers taking to the stage, who brought the theatre a newfound popularity. In 1945, an avant-garde theatre company rented the venue, bringing with them various sketches, musical shows, parodies and poetry recitals. Among performers was a young Juliette Gréco, who made her debut on the stage of the Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse, in a show named 'Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir'.
Facing a more serious threat of demolition in 1988, various influential names in the performance industry rallied round to save the theatre, and it’s been in continuous operation ever since. Listed as a historical monument since 1984, the Théâtre de la Gaïté Montparnasse is a true success story, showing the value in never giving up!
Handicap Accessible? Yes, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? Yes