Christian Le Guillochet

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Christian Le Guillochet (20 September 1933 in Albi – 10 February 2011 in Paris) was a French actor, playwright and theatre director.

With his wife Luce Berthommé [fr], he created the cultural center Lucernaire [fr] in Paris.


Born in Albi in 1933 from a railway father and a nursing mother, he was a worker when he was summoned to fight in Algeria. Back in France, he attended evening classes and obtained a degree in technical and commercial engineering. He took drama classes to cure his shyness. In 1963, Robert Dhéry noticed and engaged him in Grosse Valse. He learned much by observing the star of the show, Louis de Funès.

In 1964, he founded a first café-théâtre, then "Le Lucernaire" in 1968, near the Montparnasse métro station, rue d'Odessa. Ten years later, expelled because of the construction of the Montparnasse Tower, he installed "Le Lucernaire" at 53 rue Notre-Dame des Champs.

In the 1970s, he began a long-term friendship with Laurent Terzieff to whom he entrusted the artistic direction of the Lucernaire for five years.[2]

On 5 November 2003, on the evening of the premiere of Subvention, a play by Jean-Luc Jeener [fr] in which he embodied a theater director, he started a hunger strike[3][4][5] so that the city of Paris and the Ministry of Culture did not cut subsidies to the "Lucernaire". In 2004, his wife died, and, at age 70, he sold the "Lucernaire" to the group owner of the publishing house L'Harmattan.




  • 1995: L'oiseau éventail, ISBN 9782905262912, Prix Emmanuel Roblès 1996
  • 2006: 50 ans de Théâtre, depuis l'impasse Odessa jusqu'à la rue Notre-Dame des Champs, Éditions L'Harmattan
  • 2008: Le Chien citoyen, L'Harmattan


  1. ^ See 50 ans de Théâtre, depuis l'impasse Odessa jusqu'à la rue Notre-Dame des Champs, Christian le Guillochet, Éditions L'Harmattan, 2006.
  2. ^ France Culture, 15 July 1997, Interview of Laurent Terzieff.
  3. ^ Le Monde, 8 novembre 2003.
  4. ^ Le Point, 7 November 2013.
  5. ^ Le Parisien, 20 novembre 2013.

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