Théâtre Montparnasse

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Théâtre Montparnasse
Théâtre Montparnasse-Gaston Baty
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Address 31, rue de la Gaîté,
14th. Paris
Coordinates 48°50′27″N 2°19′28″E / 48.8409275°N 2.324502°E / 48.8409275; 2.324502
Capacity main theatre: 715
Petit Montparnasse: 200
Opened 1886
Architect Charles Peigniet

The Théâtre Montparnasse is a theatre at 31, rue de la Gaîté in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.


The present structure was built in 1886 on a site that had been dedicated to theatre since 1817. Architect Charles Peigniet, who helped to create of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York, designed the building.

From 1930 to 1943, Gaston Baty directed the theatre, and as a result, it became known as the Théâtre Montparnasse-Gaston Baty. From 1944 to 1964, actress Margaret Jamois directed the theatre.

In 1965, Lars Schmidt bought the theatre and appointed Jerome Hullot artistic director. Schmidt and Hullot introduced many English talents to the French stage, including such authors and actors as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Noël Coward, Arnold Wesker, and Murray Schisgal. In 1979, they created the Petit Montparnasse theatre on the site of a former warehouse.

In 1984, Schmidt retired, and Myriam Colombi succeeded him, renovating the theatre and adding a bar-restaurant. The current capacity of the main theatre is seven hundred and fifteen seats.

In 1998, renovation and expansion of the Petit Montparnasse began, and it become a hall with two hundred seats, finally reopening in November 2003.

The Théâtre Montparnasse-Gaston Baty was designated a historic monument on 3 April 1984.[1]

Productions since 1930[edit]

Productions by Gaston Baty[edit]

Productions by Marguerite Jamois[edit]


  1. ^ Historical monuments and protected buildings in 14th arrondissement of Paris (in French)

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