The Pleasures of the Enchanted Island

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The theatre installed for the première of La Princesse d'Elide

The Pleasures of the Enchanted Island (French: Les plaisirs de l’Île enchantée) was a multi-day performance presented to the court of King Louis XIV of France at Versailles. It was staged to celebrate the beginning of the building campaigns for the Chateau de Versailles. In particular, the intention was to acquaint those involved in its construction, the King's wife, mother, lovers, mistresses, and family in general to cotillon style ball and overall culture. Molière played a large role in the organisation of festivities, which featured the premières of La Princesse d'Élide and Tartuffe.[1][2]


  1. ^ Nevile, Jennifer (2008). Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250–1750. Indiana University Press. p. 122. ISBN 9780253219855.
  2. ^ Fischer-Lichte, Erika (2001). History of European Drama and Theatre. Routledge. p. 104. ISBN 9780415180597.

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