Théâtre Mogador

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Théâtre Mogador
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Theatre Mogador
Address25, Rue de Mogador
Location Paris
Coordinates 48°52′31″N2°19′52″E / 48.87528°N 2.33111°E / 48.87528; 2.33111
Owner Stage Entertainment
Capacity 1,800
Architect Bertie Crewe and Édouard Niermans

Théâtre Mogador, founded in 1913 with design by Bertie Crewe, is a Parisian music hall theatre located at 25, Rue de Mogador in the 9th arrondissement. It seats 1,600 people on three tiers.



In 1913 financier Sir Alfred Butt rented an area in Paris. Built according to English music hall principles and style during World War I, the theatre was originally named the "Palace Theatre", after the like-named one in London, in order to appeal to British soldiers. The name was shortly thereafter changed to "Théâtre Mogador", Mogador being the old name of the town of Essaouira in Morocco. The 21 April 1919 official inauguration guests included US President Woodrow Wilson, in France to negotiate the Treaty of Versailles, as well as his successor Franklin Delano Roosevelt. [1] [2] [3]

Theatre Mogador's auditorium housing 1,600 seats (orchestra: 787 seats, boxes: 432 seats, balconies: 381 seats) Auditorium of Theatre Mogador.jpg
Théâtre Mogador's auditorium housing 1,600 seats (orchestra: 787 seats, boxes: 432 seats, balconies: 381 seats)

From 1920 it was a Cine-variety; it gained fame with the performances of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, as well as with the Thés Mogador – performances of operettas and plays in the afternoon. Until the seventies, Théâtre Mogador was mainly used for performances of operettas, including Mistinguett. Marcel Merkès was a regular performer here from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. An extensive renovation restored the building to new splendour in 1983.

In 2005, it was purchased by the Stage Entertainment group (then called the "Stage Holding - The Theatre Group"). The theatre hosted the nineteenth Molière Awards (French theatre awards, known locally as the Nuit des Molières) on 9 May that year. It had previously hosted the awards' sixteenth and seventeenth editions on 1 April 2002 and 12 May 2003, respectively.

On 26 September 2016, a fire damaged several parts of the theatre, including the stage and props that would be used in the French-language production of The Phantom of the Opera . [4] Because of this, the show's French premiere was indefinitely postponed.

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  2. (in French) Théâtre Mogador à Paris.
  3. (in French) Le théâtre Mogador fêtera ses 100 ans le 21 avril 2019 !
  4. "Fire Delays Paris Premiere of The Phantom of the Opera".
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