Colombe (play)

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Written by Jean Anouilh
Date premieredFebruary 10, 1951 (1951-02-10)
Place premiered France
Original language French

Colombe is a play in four acts by French dramatist Jean Anouilh, written in 1950, created at the Théâtre de l'Atelier on February 10, 1951, in a mise-en-scène, set and costumes by André Barsacq and published in 1951 at Éditions de la Table ronde in Pièces brillantes.


Plot summary

A large self-centred actress lacking maternal fibre must face the return of her son Julien, who is intransigent and jealous of his brother Armand who his mother always babied. He refused any special favours in order to escape his three years of military service that awaited him, so he leaves his young, naïve and submissive wife Colombe. The mother decides to hire Colombe at the theatre. The woman would jump with joy, happy at becoming her own woman, and would break up with Julien.

Théâtre de l'Atelier, 1951

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Comédie des Champs-Élysées, 1974

Comédie des Champs-Élysées, 1996

After January 19, 1996, at the Comédie des Champs-Élysées.

Comédie des Champs-Élysées, 2010

At the 2010 Molière Award, Anny Duperey was nominated for Best Actress, Fabienne Chaudat for Best Supporting Actor and Pascale Bordet for Best Costumes.

The presentation of May 15, 2010 was broadcast live on France 2.

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