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Theatre Companies in France: Comedie-Francaise, Moliere's Company, Theatre Du Soleil, Illustre Theatre, Marie Bell, Royal de Luxe

Theatre Companies in France: Comedie-Francaise, Moliere's Company, Theatre Du Soleil, Illustre Theatre, Marie Bell, Royal de Luxe

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Chapters: Comedie-Francaise, Moliere's Company, Theatre Du Soleil, Illustre Theatre, Marie Bell, Royal de Luxe, Theatre National Populaire. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 33. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Comedie-Francaise, late 18th centuryInterior view, late 18th centuryThe Comedie-Francaise or Theatre-Francais is one of the few state theaters in France . It is the only state theater to have its own troupe of actors. It is located in the Ier arrondissement of Paris .The theatre has also been known as the Theatre-Nautique and as the theatre de la Republique . The best-known playwright associated with the Comedie-Francaise is Moliere . He was considered the patron of French actors; however, he died seven years before the birth of "la maison de Moliere ", as the Comedie-Francaise is often styled.History The Comedie-Francaise was founded by a decree of Louis XIV on 24 August 1680 to merge the only two Parisian acting troupes of the time, the troupe of the hotel Guenegaud and that of the hotel de Bourgogne . The repertoire at that time consisted of the collection of theatrical works by Moliere and Jean Racine , along with a few works by Pierre Corneille , Paul Scarron and Jean Rotrou . Its first building was housed at the Hotel de Guenegaud .On 3 September 1793, during the French Revolution , the Comedie-Francaise was closed by order of the Committee of Public Safety for putting on the allegedly seditious play Pamela , and the actors were imprisoned. On 31 May 1799, the new government made the salle Richelieu available and allowed the actors to reconstitute the troupe.The Comedie-Francaise today has a repertoire of 3,000 works and three theaters in Paris (salle Richelieu, next to the Palais Royal ; theatre du Vieux-Colombier ; Studio-Theatre).Theater buildings The Comedie-Francaise has had several homes since its ...