The Theatre’s history
Founded in 1924, the theatre had its first success in 1925 with the first play by Marcel Pagnol “The Glory Merchants”. Starting from 1930, it became the theatre of Sacha Guitry and the cradle of memorable plays such as “The New Testament” or “Don’t Listen, Ladies”. Later, in the 50s and 60s, the choice of the public went to plays by Mauriac, Montherlant, Roussin, Marcel Aime and Colette.
The Madeleine has always offered a varied program joining modern playwriting (the works of Yasmina Reza, Edward Albee, Emmanuelle Marie, Florian Zeller, Niels Arestrup, Sébastien Thiéry, Nicolas Bedos), with the masterpieces of drama (« L’école des femmes » by Molière, « La Danse de mort » by Strindberg, « Maison de poupée » by Ibsen) and the works of modern authors (« Je me souviens » by Georges Perec, « La Maladie de la mort » or « L’Amante anglaise » by Marguerite Duras, « Quartett » by Heiner Müller). Just like us, the Madeleine Theatre is therefore a symbol of diversity.
The main room
Built in 1924 by the architect Charles Imandt, it can welcome up to 709 people (320 places in the stalls, 265 in the boxes and 124 on the galleries), and has a stage of 70 square meters.
The great foyer
Located on the first floor, this large reception room can welcome 150 guests, and up to 300 when linked to the adjacent gallery. Its big windows and delicate lighting make for a prestigious environment, something not to miss at the Madeleine Theatre.
Renovated in 2012, this convivial space can host up to 60 people, and is accessible directly from the galleries and the stalls.
The galleries, covered in marble and red carpets, can welcome up to 600 people.