Théâtre Antoine-Simone Berriau

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Théâtre Antoine
Théâtre des Menus-Plaisirs (1866-1874  1877-1879  1882-1888)
Théâtre des Arts (1874-1876  1879-1881)
Opéra-Bouffe (1876-1877)
Comédie-Parisienne (1881)
Théâtre-Libre (1888-1897)


The Théâtre Antoine in 2007
Address 14 Boulevard de Strasbourg
Coordinates 48°52′14″N2°21′19″E / 48.870558°N 2.355367°E / 48.870558; 2.355367 Coordinates: 48°52′14″N2°21′19″E / 48.870558°N 2.355367°E / 48.870558; 2.355367
Capacity 780
Opened 1866

Théâtre Antoine-Simone Berriau is a theater located at 14 boulevard de Strasbourg in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.

10th arrondissement of Paris French municipal arrondissement in Île-de-France, France

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The 800-seat Italian Style theater was built in the year 1866. It functioned under a variety of names through the years, opening as Theatre des Menus-Plaisirs [1] (1866–1874, 1877–1879, 1882–1888), then Théâtre des Arts (1874–1876, 1879–1881), Opéra-Bouffe (1876–1877), and the Comédie-Parisienne (1881).

Théâtre-Libre (1888-1897) and Théâtre-Antoine (1897-1906)

In 1888 it became the venue for the Théâtre Libre company of André Antoine. Although short-lived, lasting only eight years, the theater's pioneering naturalism proved extremely influential. Antoine departed in 1894 under financial pressure, the enterprise closed in 1896, but Antoine returned the following year to the renamed Théâtre Antoine [2] with a more deliberately provocative program that lasted until 1906.

Théâtre Libre theater

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André Antoine French actor (1858–1943)

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Naturalism (theatre) movement in European drama and theatre

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From 1943 onwards

The theater now bears the name of actress and director Simone Berriau, who presented the complete dramatic work of Jean-Paul Sartre here beginning in 1943. For instance the first production of his 1951 The Devil and the Good Lord opened here, directed by Louis Jouvet. On her death in 1984 her daughter Helena Bossis took charge; since the death of Bossis in 2008, her husband Daniel Dares has served as director.

Jean-Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic

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<i>The Devil and the Good Lord</i> literary work

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Louis Jouvet French actor

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Théâtre des Menus-Plaisirs

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Edmond Audran French composer

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