Comedy-ballet in five acts, created at Château de Chambord in 1670.
Jean-Noël Brouté The master tailor and Covielle
Julien Campani The music tutor and Dorante
Isabelle Candelier Madame Jourdain
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, Cécile Granger, Marc Labonnette, Jean-François Novelli Singers
Solists of Ensemble La Révérence
Denis Podalydès (Director Sociétaire de la Comédie-Française) Director
Christophe Coin Musical conductor
Emmanuel Bourdieu Joint director
Éric Ruf Scenography
Stéphanie Daniel Lights
Christian Lacroix Costumes
Kaori Ito Choreography
Véronique Soulier-Nguyen Make-up and hairdressing
Laurent Podalydès Director assistant
Delphine Sainte-Marie Scenography assistant
Jean-Philippe Pons Costumes assistant
In Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Molière portrays an adventurer of the mind whose only desire is to escape from his common condition and set foot in territories from which he is excluded... the discovery of a terra incognita which, by virtue of his birth, is forbidden to him. Why make fun of Monsieur Jourdain? The bourgeois simply strives to discover what we call "culture" today and sets about the ambitious task of living his dreams... And who cares if these dreams are those of a ridiculous man? By choosing to return the play to its original form of a comedy-ballet set to the music of Lully, Denis Podalydès summons all the arts. With this theatrical feast, in costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, he aims for the apotheosis of the senses so eagerly awaited by his hero, played by Pascal Rénéric. It is obviously a question of laughing at the comedy. But how not to feel sympathy for this man without qualities who tries to initiate the first cultural revolution all by himself. Elevated after a thousand comic adventures to the rank of "Mamamouchi", Monsieur Jourdain experiences his hour of glory in music and dance, consumed by his bourgeois condition, an imaginary gentleman, at once fulfilled and beaten, duped and triumphant, in this rare theatrical moment where the ridiculous gives way to pure wonderment.
This monument celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2020, and today still it retains all its power, so skillful is Molière's writing that it still has us hanging on to every word of the Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Christophe Coin and Denis Podalydès take on this classic and offer a production full of humour and lightness.
Production C.I.C.T. - Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Les Nuits de Fourvière / Département du Rhône, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de Liège, Théâtre de Caen, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges / Fondation Laborie, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Châteauvallon - Scène nationale, Printemps des Comédiens / Montpellier
With the artistic participation of ENSAD Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, ENSATT and JTN
Construction of the sets Ateliers des Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg ; art & Oh - Benoit Probst
Costume making Ateliers du Théâtre de Liège
Royal OperaMore info
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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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