The Picture of Dorian Gray (English version)
5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris
Capacity : 300 seats
1 hour and 40 minutes
Suitable for ages 10 and up
100% in English
Young aristocrat, Dorian Gray, is given a portrait of himself by celebrated artist. Yet after climbing ever-higher through London's decadent Victorian social circles and a world of infinite pleasures, Dorian starts sinking into a cruel, hedonistic existence. Diving deeper into a life of vanity, the gifted portrait begins to reflect the consequences of his vanity, but just how far will Dorian go to save his lifestyle and physical appearance?
How far will one go to protect one's vanity? Dorian Gray gladly finds himself climbing the ladder of London socialites at an alarming rate, opening the door to a world of infinite pleasures he didn't know existed. When the love of his life commits suicide, however, things take a turn for the worse. While his whims know no bounds and his charms are felt by all, Dorian's treasured portrait begins to show the wear such a lifestyle can take on one's mind and body.
The epic tale by Oscar Wilde caused an uproar for its portrayal of Victorian aristocracy when first published and has undergone countless revisions, an ever-evolving and timeless piece!
This particular troupe has performed the Oscar Wilde classic over 600 times on the most prestigious stages in Paris, and now returns to the City of Lights to take over the stage of the historic Ranelagh Theatre.
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
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 Picture of Dorian Gray 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 forty minutes with no intermission.
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.”