Molière's The Miser (L'Avare)
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity : 300 seats
1 hour and 40 minutes
Suitable for ages 10 and up
English Subtitles and Programme included
French with English subtitles
Stirring things up since the 1600s, Molière, France’s most famous dramatist, penned this rip-roaring, ever popular piece about passion, penny-pinching, and family matters. The Miser has been adapted thousands of times, in various languages, but nothing compares to seeing this hilarious play in the original language of the master of Western theatre in a historical Parisian playhouse.
Follow old Harpagon as the story of his obsession with his wealth takes you on a comical journey involving his unraveling paranoia of thieves and his desire to be a great matchmaker for his children.
With Harpagon's servant caught in the crossfire, this satirical performance is full of scheming, arranged marriage plans, and threats after someone makes off with his wealth. It is a fresh take on a timeless piece by France’s beloved Molière. Forget living happily ever after in love, because in the end all that matters to Harpagon... is his money.
Molière hasn't aged a bit, this play is timeless. The acting troupe made us appreciate the text even more, and thanks to their talent and energy the performance maintains a competely modern element. The main actor is incredible, and all the
What actors, what a success! We went to see the performance with our children ages 16, 13, and 9 because they had studied Molière in school. The actor that plays Harpagon is incredible, and you can't forget Elise, Valère, and all the
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
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?
There are two categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is a French style auditorium, which means that all seats face the stage and Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed to have an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre is accessible by line 9 and the RER C, and the easiest metro stations are La Muette (Line 9) or Boulainvilliers (RER C).
Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
Can I purchase a programme?
An exclusive programme in English for the Miser is provided free of charge for Theatre in Paris guests. It is a perfect souvenir, with insider information on the play, the show, and the troupe.
Is it a comedy or a classic?
Both: Molière was most famous for his wit and his mockery of the bourgeoisie and their hypocrisy. Although Molière preferred to write tragedies, his fans at the royal court demanded more comedies; “making high society laugh” was his specialty!
How long does the show last?
The show lasts one hour and forty minutes with no intermission.
Is it a show for travellers or French people?
Thanks to our subtitles, both! The Miser was originally in French and this show is performed in French. However, because the subject is both universal and highly entertaining, the production and Theatre in Paris have come together to make this fantastic show accessible to English speakers.
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Théâtre Le Ranelagh, the text is projected above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.
Is tipping customary?
Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 2€ and 5€, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”