Jean de Létraz

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Jean de Létraz
Jean de Letraz by Franz Löwy.jpg
Jean Félix Deletraz

23 February 1897
Died3 June 1954(1954-06-03) (aged 57)
OccupationDramatist, screenwriter, dialoguist

Jean de Létraz, pen name of Jean Félix Deletraz, (23 February 1897 - 3 June 1954) was a French playwright, spécialising in vaudeville, who authored nearly 118 plays, among which the most famous is Bichon written in 1935.


His first of more than 100 plays was Opium, a one-act play starring Sarah Bernhardt during World War I.[1] As well as Bichon (1935), other popular plays of his included On demande un ménage (1942), Descendez, on vous demande (1946), Moumou (1944) and La Fessée (1936).[1] He was also a screenwriter and a dialoguist. A good number of his plays have been adapted to film.

From 1942 until his death, he was managing director of the Théâtre du Palais-Royal where he directed both his own plays and others. He was also a vice-president of a Paris theatre managers' organization.[1]

His wife, Simone,[2] took over the managing of the theatre up to 1965 and staged some of his posthumous works.[3]


  • Nicole s'éveille (with Suzette Desty, 1926)
  • Nicole s'égare (with Suzette Desty, 1926/27)
  • Un homme... deux femmes (with Suzette Desty, 1927)
  • Douze Nuits d'amour (1927)
  • Nicole s'abrite (with Suzette Desty, 1928)
  • Un couple passa... (1929)
  • La jeune fille et les amants (1930)
  • ...tu m'aimes? (1932)

Works in the theatre[edit]


  • 1931 : Chauffeur Antoinette, comedy in 4 acts by Robert Blum, based on a novel by Jean de Létraz and Suzette Desty[4][5]


Theatre director[edit]

  • 1947 : Et vive la liberté by Jean de Létraz, Théâtre des Variétés
  • 1948 : L'Extravagante Théodora by Jean de Létraz, Théâtre des Capucines
  • 1949 : Le Voyage à trois by Jean de Létraz, Théâtre du Palais-Royal
  • 1953 : Occupe-toi d'mon minimum by Paul Van Stalle, Théâtre du Palais-Royal
  • 1953 : La Pucelle d'Auteuil by Jean de Létraz, Théâtre du Palais-Royal
  • 1953 : ... La Mariée en a deux ! by Jean de Létraz, Théâtre du Palais-Royal
  • 1957 : La Pucelle d'Auteuil by Jean de Létraz, Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique
  • 1958 : Les Pieds au mur by Jean Guitton, Théâtre du Palais-Royal
  • La Belle Saison, music by Jean Delettre





  1. ^ a b c "Obituaries". Variety. June 9, 1954. p. 63 – via
  2. ^ Simone de Létraz on lesarchivesduspectacle
  3. ^ Jean de Letraz directeur
  4. ^ Deutsches Literaturlexikon
  5. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries

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