Théâtre des Variétés

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Théâtre des Variétés
TheatreVarietes.jpg
The théâtre des Variétés, c. 1820
Address 7, boulevard Montmartre, 2nd.
Paris
Opened 1807
Website
www.theatre-des-varietes.fr

The Théâtre des Variétés is a theatre and "salle de spectacles" at 7, boulevard Montmartre, 2nd arrondissement, in Paris. It was declared a monument historique in 1975.

History[edit]

It owes its creation to the theatre director Mademoiselle Montansier (Marguerite Brunet). Imprisoned for debt in 1803 and frowned upon by the government, a decree of 1806 ordered her company to leave the Théâtre du Palais-Royal which then bore the name of "Variétés". The decree's aim was to move out Montansier's troupe to make room for the company from the neighbouring Théâtre-Français, which had stayed empty even as the Variétés-Montansier had enjoyed immense public favour. Strongly unhappy about having to leave the theatre by 1 January 1807, the 77 year old Montansier gained an audience with Napoleon himself and received his help and protection. She thus reunited the "Société des Cinq", which directed her troupe, in order to found a new theatre, the one which stands at the side of the passage des Panoramas. It was inaugurated on 24 June 1807. The theatre plays a prominent role in Émile Zola's novel of 1880, Nana, as the theatre in which Nana achieves celebrity in the opening chapters.

Other activities[edit]

In 2012 the theatre began to host technical conferences such as dotJS or dotScale.[1]

Premieres at the theatre[edit]

The théâtre des Variétés in 2012

Directors[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°52′16″N 2°20′31″E / 48.87111°N 2.34194°E / 48.87111; 2.34194