Théâtre Édouard VII Last updated August 22, 2020
Théâtre Édouard VII, also called théâtre Édouard VII – Sacha Guitry, is located in Paris between the Madeleine and the Opéra Garnier in the 9th arrondissement. The square, in which there is a statue of King Edward the Seventh, was opened in 1911. The theatre, which was originally a cinema, was named in the honour of King Edward VII, as he was nicknamed the "most Parisian of all Kings", appreciative of French culture. In the early to mid 1900s,under the direction of Sacha Guitry, the theatre became a symbol of anglo-franco friendship, and where French people could discover and enjoy Anglo Saxon works. French actor and director Bernard Murat is the current director of the theatre. Modern "boulevard comedies" and vaudevilles are often performed there, and subtitled in English by the company Theatre in Paris. Important figures in the arts, cinema and theatre have performed there, including Orson Welles, Eartha Kitt, and more. Pablo Picasso created props for a play at the Théâtre Edouard VII in 1944.   1916: Alphonse Franck 1916: All right revue in 2 acts and 14 tableaux by Rip 1917: La Folle Nuit ou Le Dérivatif musical by André Mouëzy-Éon and Félix Gandéra, music Marcel Pollet 1917: Son Petit Frère, two acts operetta by André Barde, music Charles Cuvillier 1917: Le Feu du voisin by Francis de Croisset 1917: La Jeune Fille au bain by Louis Verneuil 1917: La Petite Bonne d'Abraham, three acts biblical tale by André Mouëzy-Éon and Félix Gandéra, music by Marcel Pollet 1917: Il le faut by ! René Berton, Manon en voyage by Jules Massenet and Claude Terrasse, Rien qu'un by André Pascales (one act play and comic opera) 1919: Phi-Phi by Albert Willemetz and Henri Christiné 1919: Le Loup dans la bergerie 3 acts tale by Georges Manoir and Armand Verhyle after Balzac 1919: L'Enfantement du mort by Marcel L'Herbier 1920: L'École des satyres 1920: L'Erreur d'une nuit d'été by Philippe Maquet 1920: by Je t'aime Sacha Guitry 1921: by Sacha Guitry Le Comédien 1921: Le cœur dispose by Francis de Croisset 1921: Le Grand Duc by Sacha Guitry 1921: by Sacha Guitry Faisons un rêve 1921: by Sacha Guitry, after Jacqueline Henri Duvernois 1922: by Sacha Guitry Jean de La Fontaine 1922: by Sacha Guitry Une petite main qui se place 1922: Seul by Henri Duvernois 1922: by Le Misanthrope Molière 1923: by Sacha Guitry Un sujet de roman 1923: comédie musicale by Sacha Guitry and L'Amour masqué André Messager 1923: by Sacha Guitry Le Lion et la poule 1924: La Danseuse éperdue by René Fauchois 1924: L'Âge de raison by Paul Vialar 1924: by Molière, directed by L'École des femmes Lucien Guitry 1924: by Sacha Guitry Une étoile nouvelle 1925: by Sacha Guitry On ne joue pas pour s'amuser 1925: by Sacha Guitry, music Mozart Reynaldo Hahn 1926: A vol d'oiseau by Sacha Guitry and Albert Willemetz 1926: Souris d'hôtel by Paul Armont and Marcel Gerbidon 1926: The Co-Optimiste by Melville Gideon 1927: Knock Out by Jacques Natanson and Jacques Théry 1927: by Sacha Guitry Désiré 1927: by Sacha Guitry Jean de La Fontaine 1927: La Vagabonde by Colette 1928: by Sacha Guitry Mariette ou Comment on écrit l'histoire 1929: L'Amoureuse Aventure by Paul Armont and Marcel Gerbidon, directed by Jacques Baumer 1929: Louis Verneuil
In 1929, Alphonse Franck is succeeded by Louis Verneuil for six months.
1930: Maurice Lehmann
In 1930, Maurice Lehmann becomes new director until 1931 when the place runs again as a movie theatre.
1941: Robert Gallois
In 1940, theatre returns.
1943: Jean-Michel Renaitour and Jacqueline Heusch 1944: Pierre Béteille 1944: Le Roi Christine by Marcelle Maurette 1944: by Andromaque Jean Racine, directed by Jean Cocteau 1944: by A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare, adaptation Georges Neveux 1944: Les Plus Beaux Yeux du monde by Jean Sarment 1945: Sérénade à trois by Noël Coward 1945: by Tristan et Iseult Lucien Fabre, directed by Alfred Pasquali 1945: Les Dames de Niskala by Hella Wuolijoki 1946: Les Derniers Seigneurs by Roger Ferdinand, directed by Jacques Baumer 1946: Les Pères ennemis by Charles Vildrac, directed by Georges Vitaly 1946: by The Dybbuk Shalom Anski, directed by André Marcovici Bichon by Jean de Létraz, with Pierre Bertin Le Gâteau des Rois by Marcelle Capron 1947: adaptation by Of Mice and Men Marcel Duhamel after John Steinbeck, directed by Paul Œttly 1947: L'amour vient en jouant by Jean Bernard-Luc, directed by Pierre-Louis 1947: Des hommes viendront, a play by Roger Saltel 1948: by Sacha Guitry, directed by the author The Lame Devil 1948: La Savetière prodigieuse after Federico García Lorca, directed by Pierre Bertin 1948: Joyeux Chagrins after Noël Coward, adaptation André Roussin and Pierre Gay, directed by Louis Ducreux 1948: by Shéhérazade Jules Supervielle, directed by Jean Vilar, Festival d'Avignon 1948: Les Enfants d'Édouard by Frederic Jackson and Roland Bottomley, adaptation Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, directed by Jean Wall La Huitième Femme de Barbe-Bleue by Charlton Andrews, adaptation Alfred Savoir 1949: after Le Silence de la mer Vercors, directed by Jean Mercure 1949: by A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams, adaptation Jean Cocteau, directed by Raymond Rouleau 1950: Cabrioles by Roger Ferdinand 1950: Time Runs by Orson Welles after by Faust Dante, Milton, Christopher Marlowe, directed by the author 1950: The Blessed and the damned and The Unthinking Lobster by Orson Welles, directed by the author 1950: Poof by Armand Salacrou, directed by Yves Robert 1950: Pourquoi pas moi by Armand Salacrou, directed by Jacques Dumesnil 1950: Le Château du carrefour by Odette Joyeux 1951: L'Ile heureuse by Jean-Pierre Aumont, directed by Pierre Dux 1951: Ce monde n'est pas fait pour les anges by Pascal Bastia 1951: Tapage nocturne by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, directed by Jean Wall 1951: Elizabeth Hijar 1951: by The Innocents William Archibald, directed by Roland Piétri 1951: Ombre chère by Jacques Deval, directed by the author 1953: Demeure chaste et pure by George Axelrod, adaptation Jacques Deval, directed by Jacques Deval 1954: Souviens-toi mon amour by André Birabeau, directed by Pierre Dux 1955: by Jacques Deval, directed by Il y a longtemps que je t'aime Jean Le Poulain 1955: Isabelle et le pélican by Marcel Franck, mise en scène Marc Camoletti 1955: by Témoin à charge Agatha Christie, directed by Pierre Valde 1955: Le Système deux by Georges Neveux, directed by René Clermont 1955: by Fric-Frac Édouard Bourdet, 1955: La Cuisine des anges by Albert Husson, directed by Christian-Gérard 1955: Zamore by Georges Neveux, directed by Henri Soubeyran 1956: La Nuit du 4 août by Albert Husson, directed by Christian-Gérard 1956: Le mari ne compte pas by Roger-Ferdinand, directed by Jacques Morel 1957: by Une femme trop honnête Armand Salacrou, directed by Georges Vitaly 1957: Le monsieur qui a perdu ses clefs by Michel Perrin, directed by Raymond Gérôme 1958: Raymond Rouleau 1958: Oncle Otto by Jacques Mauclair, directed by the author 1958: Nous entrerons dans la carrière by René Catroux, directed by Raymond Rouleau 1958: Virage dangereux by John Boynton Priestley, directed by Raymond Rouleau 1958: Claude Génia
Starting in 1958, Claude Génia becomes responsible for the theatre and introduces new notable plays such as
, L'Année du bac Jours heureux, … and a new generation of actors like Bonheur, impair et passe Sami Frey, Francis Nani, Jacques Perrin, Roger Dumas, Juliette Gréco, Daniel Gélin, Michel de Ré, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marthe Mercadier, Jean Le Poulain... 1958: by Lady Godiva Jean Canolle, directed by Michel de Ré 1958: L'Enfant du dimanche by Pierre Brasseur, directed by Pierre Valde 1958: by L'Année du bac José-André Lacour, directed by Yves Robert 1960: Carlota by Miguel Mihura, adaptation Emmanuel Robles, directed by Jacques Mauclair 1960: by De doux dingues Michel André after Joseph Carole, directed by Jean Le Poulain 1961: by Huit Femmes Robert Thomas, a remake of which was later realised by the film director François Ozon, , directed by Jean Le Poulain Huit Femmes 1962: Bichon by Jean de Létraz, directed by Jean Meyer 1963: Sémiramis by Marc Camoletti, directed by Michel de Ré 1963: L'Âge idiot by Jean Meyer, directed by Maurice Guillaud 1964: by Bonheur, impair et passe Françoise Sagan, directed by the author with Claude Régy 1964: Tim by Pol Quentin after Paul Osborn, directed by Jacques-Henri Duval 1964: by Diary of a Madman Nikolai Gogol, directed by François Perrot and Roger Coggio 1964: Le Deuxième Coup de feu by Robert Thomas, directed by Pierre Dux 1965: Pourquoi pas Vamos by Georges Conchon, directed by Jean Mercure 1965: Les Bargasses by Marc'O, directed by the author 1965: La Nuit de Lysistrata by Aristophanes, directed by Gérard Vergez 1965: Les Filles by Jean Marsan, directed by Jean Le Poulain 1965: by Chat en poche Georges Feydeau, directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet 1966: by Faust Christopher Marlowe, directed by Jean-Louis Andrieux 1966: Wilfrid Dodd
Francis Veber presents his first play L'Enlèvement. Simone Valère and Jean Desailly play Double Jeu by Robert Thomas before Robert Lamoureux and Françoise Rosay introduce La Soupière, a comedy. Claude Dauphin is Shylock in adaptation The Merchant of Venice Thierry Maulnier before Elvire Popesco again plays La Mamma by André Roussin. 1966: Ange pur by Gaby Bruyère, directed by Francis Joffo 1966: Seule dans le noir by Frédéric Knott, adaptation Raymond Castans, directed by Raymond Rouleau 1966: La Polka des lapins by Tristan Bernard, directed by Nicole Anouilh 1967: Xavier by Jacques Deval, directed by Jacques-Henri Duval 1967: Frédéric by Robert Lamoureux, directed by Pierre Mondy 1968: Des enfants de cœur by François Campaux, directed by Christian-Gérard 1968: L'Amour propre by Marc Camoletti, directed by the author 1968: L'Enlèvement by Francis Veber, directed by Jacques Fabbri 1969: Voyage à trois by Jean de Létraz, directed by Robert Manuel 1969: L'Assassinat de Sister George by Franck Marcus, adaptation Jean Cau, directed by Andréas Voutsinas, 1969: Les Garçons de la bande by Mart Crowley, directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet 1970: Robert Thomas 1974: 1975: by Georges Feydeau, directed by Robert Manuel Le Système Ribadier Dix minutes d'alibi by Anthony Armstrong, adaptation Maurice Renault, directed by Jacques Ardouin by La Nuit du 16 janvier Ayn Rand, adaptation Marcel Dubois, directed by André Villiers La Complice by Jacques Rémy after a novel by Louis C. Thomas, directed by Jacques Ardouin Trésor party by Bernard Régnier after Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, directed by Jacques Ardouin by Georges Feydeau, directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet Chat en poche Demandez Vicky by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon after Alan Melville and Fred Schiller, directed by Jacques-Henri Duval by João Bethencourt, adaptation André Roussin, directed by René Clermont Le Pape kidnappé by La Facture Françoise Dorin, directed by Jacques Charon Ah by ! La Police de papa ! Raymond Castans, directed by Jacques Charon by Quelqu'un derrière la porte Jacques Robert, directed by André Villiers by Le noir te va si bien Jean Marsan after Saul O'Hara, directed by Jean Le Poulain Le Nu au tambour by Noël Coward, adaptation Albert Husson, directed by Jacques-Henri Duval and Jean Degrave Les Hannetons by Eugène Brieux, directed by René Clermont Un homme d'action by William Dinner and William Morum, adaptation Pol Quentin, directed by Grégoire Aslan Il était une gare by Jacques Deval, directed by Jacques Mauclair Le Sourire de la Joconde by Aldous Huxley, adaptation Georges Neveux, directed by Raymond Gérôme by Roland Jouve after The Mandrake Machiavelli, directed by Jacques Ardouin Inspecteur Grey by André Faltianni and Alfred Gragnon, directed by Robert Manuel Mon cœur balance by Michel Duran, directed by Claude Nicot Monsieur Silence by Jean Guitton, directed by Christian Alers Les Derniers Outrages by Robert Beauvais, directed by Michel Roux by Lady Godiva Jean Canolle, directed by Michel de Ré On croit rêver by Jacques François, directed by the author Le Moulin de la galette by Marcel Achard, directed by Max Fournel by La Rabouilleuse Émile Fabre after Honoré de Balzac, directed by Robert Manuel 1976: Le Pirate by Raymond Castans, directed by Jacques Sereys Sacrés Fantômes by Eduardo De Filippo, directed by Jean Michaud Seul le poisson rouge est au courant by Jean Barbier and Dominique Nohain, directed by Dominique Nohain La Sainte Famille by André Roussin, directed by Georges Vitaly Am-Stram-Gram by André Roussin, directed by Claude Nicot by La Bagatelle Marcel Achard, directed by Jean Meyer Fanny et ses gens by Jerome K. Jerome, adaptation André Méry and Pierre Scize, directed by Raymond Gérôme Le Guilledou by Michael Clayton Hutton, adaptation Constance Coline, directed by Robert Manuel Week-end by Noël Coward, adaptation André Méry and Antoine Bibesco, directed by Jacques Ardouin Le monsieur qui attend by Emlyn Williams, adaptation André Roussin, directed by Georges Vitaly La Charrette anglaise by Georges Berr and Louis Verneuil, directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet Xavier ou l'héritier des Lancestre by Jacques Deval, directed by Robert Manuel Le Cœur sous le paillasson by Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman, adaptation Alexandre Breffort, directed by Michel Vocoret La Femme de paille by Catherine Arley, directed by Raymond Gérôme by L'Héritière Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, adaptation Louis Ducreux, directed by René Clermont Un mois à la campagne by Ivan Turgenev, adaptation Albert Husson, directed by Jean Meyer La Frousse by Julien Vartet, directed by René Clermont Le Coin tranquille by Michel André, directed by Michel Vocoret Une femme presque fidèle by Jacques Bernard, directed by Jacques Mauclair Le monsieur qui a perdu ses clés by Michel Perrin, directed by Robert Manuel Attends-moi pour commencer by Joyce Rayburn, adaptation Jean Marsan, directed by Michel Roux 1976: Simone Valère and Jean Desailly 1981: Jacqueline Cormier
First apparition of
Philippe Caubère on a Parisian stage in January 1982 in his Danse du Diable. That same year Edwige Feuillère chose the Théâtre Édouard VII to return on the stage in La Dernière Nuit de l'été.
Jean Poiret and Maria Pacôme play . In 1983, Joyeuses Pâques Strindberg has his only and great popular success in Paris with played by Miss Julie Niels Arestrup and Fanny Ardant after Isabelle Adjani.
The year before that of his anniversary, Sacha Guitry returns home, thanks to
Jean-Claude Brialy and Marie-José Nat, playing as a couple in . Désiré
Chapitre II de Noël Simon, adapted by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy and directed by Pierre Mondy, both Mireille Darc and Jean Piat returns on stage. by La Répétition ou l'Amour puni Jean Anouilh is played by Pierre Arditi, Emmanuelle Béart, Anny Duperey, Bernard Giraudeau and Béatrice Agenin, directed by Bernard Murat.
Paris discovers the English adaptation of the French classic
with Dangerous Liaisons Bernard Giraudeau and Caroline Cellier. The season ends in May 1989 with Un mois à la campagne, dramatic comedy by Turgenev, with Isabelle Huppert, in a mise-en-scène by Bernard Murat. 1982: La Danse du diable by Philippe Caubère 1982: La Dernière Nuit de l'été d' Alexei Arbuzov, directed by Yves Bureau 1983: by Miss Julie August Strindberg, adaptation Boris Vian, directed by Andréas Voutsinas 1983: by Joyeuses Pâques Jean Poiret, directed by Pierre Mondy 1984: by Sacha Guitry, directed by Désiré Jean-Claude Brialy 1984: by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, directed by René Clermont Treize à table 1985: Chapitre II by Neil Simon, adaptation Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy , directed by Pierre Mondy 1986: by La Répétition ou l'Amour puni Jean Anouilh, directed by Bernard Murat 1986: Les Clients by Jean Poiret, directed by Bernard Murat 1987: Époque épique by Bernard Haller and Jean-Claude Carrière, with Bernard Haller 1988: by Les Liaisons dangereuses Christopher Hampton after Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Gérard Vergez 1988: Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, directed by Marcel Maréchal 1989: Julien Vartet
The season starts in October 1989 with a new director, Julien Vartet and many
comédies en vaudevilles which he authored: Point de feu sans fumée, Décibel, La Frousse, Archibald. These comedies alternate with an eclectic program: revival of Maxibules, a forgotten play by Marcel Aymé.
At the end of October 1994, the season starts with two plays by Georges Feydeau,
and On purge Bébé with Feu la Mère de Madame Muriel Robin, Pierre Richard and Darry Cowl, in a mise-en-scene by Bernard Murat.
Julien Vartet undertakes important works of renovation which lead to the air conditioning of the venue.
1989: Un mois à la campagne by Ivan Turgenev, directed by Bernard Murat 1989: Point de feu sans fumée by Julien Vartet, directed by Jean-Paul Tribout 1990: Les Maxibules by Marcel Aymé, directed by Gérard Savoisien 1990: and Le Plaisir de rompre by Le Pain de ménage Jules Renard are interpreted by Anny Duperey, Bernard Giraudeau and Bernard Murat in a mise-en-scène by the latter 1991: Décibel by Julien Vartet, directed by Gérard Savoisien 1991: Jeanne et les juges by Thierry Maulnier, directed by Marcelle Tassencourt 1991: Même heure l'année prochaine by Bernard Slade, directed by Roger Vadim 1992: Les Enfants d'Édouard by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, directed by Jean-Luc Moreau 1993: La Frousse by Julien Vartet, directed by Raymond Acquaviva 1993: by Sacha Guitry, directed by Toâ Stéphane Hillel 1993: Durant avec un T by Julien Vartet, directed by Daniel Colas 1994: La Nuit à Barbizon by Julien Vartet, directed by Gérard Savoisien 1994: by On purge bébé by Georges Feydeau, directed by Bernard Murat Feu la mère de Madame 1994: Décibel by Julien Vartet, directed by Gérard Savoisien 1995: Archibald by Julien Vartet, directed by Daniel Colas 1998: Les Cinémas de la rue d'Antibes by Julien Vartet, directed by the author 1999: Archibald dby Julien Vartet, directed by Jacqueline Bœuf 2001: Bernard Murat and Jean-Louis Livi
After it was closed one year, the theatre reopened in September 2001 under the codirection by Bernard Murat and Jean-Louis Livi.
2001: by Sacha Guitry, directed by Bernard Murat, with La Jalousie Michel Piccoli, Anne Brochet, Stéphane Freiss and Annick Alane 2002: by Sarah John Murrell, adapted by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, directed by Bernard Murat, with Robert Hirsch and Fanny Ardant then Anny Duperey 2003: by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, directed by Bernard Murat, with Petits crimes conjugaux Bernard Giraudeau and for the first time on stage, Charlotte Rampling 2003: , first play by L'Invité David Pharao, directed by Jean-Luc Moreau, Patrick Chesnais, Evelyne Buyle, and Philippe Khorsand 2004: Lunes de miel, comedy by Noël Coward, adaptation Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, directed by Bernard Murat will be played some 250 times by the couple Pierre Arditi and Evelyne Bouix 2005: by Amitiés sincères François Prévôt-Leygonie and Stéphan Archinard, directed by Bernard Murat, with Bernard Murat and Michel Leeb 2005: Mémoires d'un tricheur by Sacha Guitry, adapted, directed and played by Francis Huster 2006: Deux sur la balançoire by William Gibson, adaptation Jean-Loup Dabadie, directed by Bernard Murat, with Alexandra Lamy and Jean Dujardin 2006: Le Vieux Juif blond, first play by Amanda Sthers, originally interpreted par Mélanie Thierry and directed by Jacques Weber, then by Fanny Valette under the direction of Bernard Murat 2006: Les Grandes Occasions by Bernard Slade, directed by Bernard Murat, with Clémentine Célarié dans Jean Reno 2007: by L'Idée fixe Paul Valéry, interpreted for the second time, some 20 years later, by Pierre Arditi and Bernard Murat, directed by Bernard Murat 2007: Bernard Murat
In September 2007, the théâtre Édouard VII celebrates the year of Sacha Guitry (1885–1957) with two shows:
The following plays were all directed by Bernard Murat:
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