Théâtre des Variétés

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Théâtre des Variétés
The théâtre des Variétés, c. 1820
Address 7, boulevard Montmartre, 2nd.
Opened 1807

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.


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


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