Les Acteurs de bonne foi

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Les Acteurs de bonne foi
Written by Pierre de Marivaux
Date premiered October 30, 1749
Original language French

Les Acteurs de bonne foi is a comedy in one act and in prose written by French playwright Pierre de Marivaux and performed for the first time on October 30, 1749.[1] Les Acteurs de bonne foi was produced by the Comédie-Française but was not a success.[2] Marivaux published it in the Conservateur journal in November 1757. The play is built on the dialogue the author established with the reader through the mise en abyme device. In effect, the text features interviews with the actors, discussion about the possibilities of staging, and lines from a play that is to be performed. Les Acteurs de bonne foi, is the last play Marivaux had performed in a large theatre, it is a hybrid text where comedy quickly leads to confusion between reality and the play, with the mise en abyme highlighting the importance of dramatic illusion.[3]


  • Madam Argante, Angélique's mother.
  • Madam Amelin, Éraste's aunt.
  • Araminte, a friend of theirs.
  • Éraste, Madam Amelin's nephew and Angélique's lover.
  • Angélique, Madam Argante's daughter.
  • Merlin, Éraste's servant and Lisette's lover.
  • Lisette, Angélique's servant.
  • Blaise, Madam Argante's farmer's son and Colette's lover.
  • Colette, gardener's daughter.
  • A Solicitor


On the day of Angélique and Éraste's wedding, Merlin improvises a comedy with other actors


  • (French) Eric Eigenmann, « Monnaie de la pièce : Les Acteurs de bonne foi de Marivaux », Être riche au siècle de Voltaire, pp. 349–361. Geneva: Droz, 1996.
  • (French) Brigitte Girard, « La Logique marivaudienne dans Les Acteurs de bonne foi », Travaux sur le XVIIIe, pp. 75–86.Angers: Université d’Angers, U. E. R. des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, 1978.


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