5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity : 300 seats
1 hour 50 minutes
Suitable for all ages
In French with English subtitles
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 feuds.
The Cid is one of the greatest classics in French culture.
Chimène and Rodrigue are passionately in love. Sadly, like Romeo and Juliette, these star-crossed lovers’ families are feuding, thus thwarting their love. The audience is thrust into a violent and bloody plot: passion, vengeance, and treason bring us to the edge of our seats in this epic play. It is set in Castille where "love is mere pleasure, honour is a duty."
Through blood, tears, sacrifice, and courage, our young heroes will prove to us that love truly conquers all.
Beautiful production of Corneille's Le Cid -- acting, fencing, costumes, the works. Beautiful theater, too. Got used to surtitles quickly.
We greatly enjoyed our visit to the theatre to watch the wonderful production of 'The Cid' and it's a memory we will long cherish.
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 above.
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 Cid 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.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts one hour and fifty minutes with no intermission.
Is the show for travelers or for French people?
Thanks to our subtitles, both! The Cid 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.”