Théâtre de l'Œuvre

  • 55 rue de Clichy, 75009 Paris
  • Capacity: 336 seats
  • Place de Clichy     
  • Liège     


History and Fun Facts about Theatre de l’Œuvre

The Théâtre de l'Œuvre is an iconic cultural venue buried within the heart of the French capital, nestled in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. Founded in 1893 by theatrical visionary Aurélien-Marie Lugné (known as ‘Lugné-Poe’), this venue proved to be the catalyst for a major artistic revolution in the world of theatre.


From the beginning, the Théâtre de l'Œuvre set itself apart from the crowd by staging avant-garde works and welcoming innovative playwrights such as Nordic talents Maurice Maeterlinck, August Strindberg, and Henrik Ibsen, and young Frenchmen like Alfred Jarry, Henry Bataille, and Henri de Régnier. The theatre played a crucial role in the emergence of Symbolism and Surrealism, playing a significant role in shaping the theatrical landscape of the early 20th century.


The venue’s stellar architecture, as designed by Belgian architect Henry van de Velde, is a work of art in itself. With its singular façade and intimate interior, it is an invitation to all to enjoy an evening of theatre in ultimate style. The small size of the auditorium cultivates a closeness and sense of intimacy between the actors and the audience, making for a unique viewing experience that highlights the social aspect of the art form.


Over the decades, the Théâtre de l'Œuvre has continued to evolve, remaining true to its tradition of dedicating itself to the pursuit and creation of innovative theatre. From contemporary plays to revisited classics, the theatre remains a veritable pearl of the Parisian theatre scene, wherein creativity and the celebration of all things thespian flourish.

Today, the Théâtre de l'Œuvre offers plays guaranteed to amaze every spectator, such as the unique piece ‘Kaddish pour l'enfant qui ne naîtra pas’ (meaning Kaddish for the Child Who Will Not Be Born) inspired by the novel of the same name by Imre Kertész, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Reformer by Thomas Bernhard, Dispersion by Harold Pinter, Autumn Sonata by Ingmar Bergman, as well as a selection of plays that are more light-hearted in subject. Come and discover this top-quality programme, as improved by a host of incredibly talented actors!


Fast facts
Capacity: 336
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please let us know by email at so that the theatre can welcome you in the best possible conditions. Please note: electric wheelchairs cannot enter the theatre.
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (paid service)


55 rue de Clichy, 75009 Paris

Place de Clichy     , Liège    

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