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Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

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From 16th to 20th of June 2021
3h30 with intermission


Jean-Noël Brouté The master tailor and Covielle
Isabelle Candelier Madame Jourdain
Julien Campani The music tutor and Dorante
Manon Combes Nicole
Bénédicte Guilbert Dorimène
Francis Leplay The philosophy tutor
Leslie Menu Lucile
Nicolas Orlando The fencing master
Laurent Podalydès A lackey
Pascal Rénéric Monsieur Jourdain
Léo Reynaud A lackey, Dancer, The Little Mufti
Thibault Vinçon The dancing master and Cléonte

Windy Antognelli, Flavie Hennion, Artemis Stavridis Dancers
Romain Champion, Marc Labonnette, Francisco Mañalich Signers

Solists of Ensemble La Révérence
Christophe Coin, NN, NN, NN, François Guerrier, Yvan Garcia 
Christophe Coin Conductor

Denis Podalydès Director Sociétaire de la Comédie-Française

Emmanuel Bourdieu Joint director
Éric Ruf Scenography
Stéphanie Daniel Lights
Christian Lacroix Costumes
Kaori Ito Choregraphy
Véronique Soulier-Nguyen Make up and hair
Laurent Podalydès Director assistant
Delphine Sainte-Marie Scenography assistant
Jean-Philippe Pons Costumes assistant


In the Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Molière draws the portrait of an adventurer of the mind, who has no other wish than to escape his commoner condition and set foot on territories from which he is excluded…to discover a terra incognita, which is forbidden to him because of his birth status. Why laugh at Monsieur Jourdain? The bourgeois simply wants to discover what we call “culture” and decides to take on the vast challenge of living his dreams…What does it matter that his dreams are ridiculous. By choosing to give this play its original comedy-ballet set to music on Lully’s scores, Denis Podalydès calls on all arts.

In this celebration of theatre, in costumes by Christian Lacroix, the director aims for the apotheosis of the senses so avidly desired by his hero played by Pascal Rénéric. The purpose of the comedy is of course to laugh. But it is difficult not to feel some sympathy for this man without qualities who tries to initiate the very first cultural revolution all by himself. After a thousand comical twists and turns, Monsieur Jourdain is elevated to the rank of “Mamamouchi” and has his hour of glory, in music and dance, sickened by his bourgeois status, an imaginary gentleman, both fulfilled and beaten, duped and triumphant, in a rare theatrical moment where ridicule gives way to pure wonderment.

Production C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.
Coproduction Les Nuits de Fourvière / Département du Rhône, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre de Caen, Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges / Fondation Laborie, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens / Pôle européen de création et de production, Châteauvallon - Scène nationale, Printemps des Comédiens / Montpellier.

With the artistic participation of ENSAD Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, pf ENSATT and of JTN stage sets Ateliers des Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg ; art & Oh - Benoit Probst Costumes design Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège.


Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687) et Molière (1622–1673)
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Comédie-ballet in five acts, created in 1670 at Château de Chambord.

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Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme © Pascal Victor

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme © Pascal Victor

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme © Pascal Victor

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme © Pascal Victor

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme © Pascal Victor

Lully / Molière: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme © Pascal Victor


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Boxes 13 and 14 (Corbeille, Balcon Royal and Colonnade): depending on the show and the setting, seats may have limited visibility on ranks 2, 3 and 4.

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