Théâtre Tristan-Bernard

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The théâtre Tristan-Bernard is a private Parisian theatre located at 64 rue du Rocher in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

8th arrondissement of Paris French municipal arrondissement in Île-de-France, France

The 8th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is colloquially referred to as huitième.



Built in 1911 by the foundation Léopold-Bellan (which still owns it today) to host meetings and educational shows of its institution of young girls, the venue opened in 1919 to the public under the name Théâtre Albert-I, in honor of king of Belgium.

Albert I of Belgium third King of the Belgians

Albert I reigned as the King of the Belgians from 1909 to 1934. This was an eventful period in the history of Belgium, which included the period of World War I (1914–1918), when 90 percent of Belgium was overrun, occupied, and ruled by the German Empire. Other crucial issues included the adoption of the Treaty of Versailles, the ruling of the Belgian Congo as an overseas possession of the Kingdom of Belgium along with the League of Nations mandate of Ruanda-Urundi, the reconstruction of Belgium following the war, and the first five years of the Great Depression (1929–1934). King Albert died in a mountaineering accident in eastern Belgium in 1934, at the age of 58, and he was succeeded by his son Leopold III.

Tristan Bernard took the lead in 1930. He renamed it Théâtre Tristan-Bernard and presented his comedies for a season. After his departure, the theater regained its name Théâtre Albert-Ier.

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In 1936, the comedian Charles de Rochefort, on his return from the United States where he worked for Cecil B. de Mille, reopened the theater, which became the Théâtre Charles-de-Rochefort with Allo, Police-secours, a police play under the pseudonym Chas D. Strongstone. The success incited him to present many police and suspense plays. The Young Theater Companies competition was organized every year in May. Mobilized and wounded during the Second World War, he had to hand over the direction to his wife, the actress Mary Grant, a task she would undertake until 1972, with her son Jean Dejoux  (fr ).

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In 1973, Dominique Nohain, the son of animator Jean Nohain, bought the theater and renamed it Théâtre Tristan-Bernard. Edy Saiovici succeeded him in 1986 and directed the venue until his death in 2013 [1]  · [2] He was replaced by his wife Mireille. [3]

Dominique Nohain was a French actor, dramatist, screenwriter and theatre director. He was the son of Jean Nohain and thus cousin with Jean-Claude Dauphin.

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Note : dates in brackets refer to the first performance.

Théâtre Albert I (1919-1930)

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Théâtre Tristan-Bernard (1930-1932)

Théâtre Albert-I (1932-1936)

Théâtre Charles-de-Rochefort

Direction Charles de Rochefort (1936-1939)

Direction Marie Grant (1939-1972)

Théâtre Tristan-Bernard

Direction Dominique Nohain (1973-1986)

Direction Edy Saiovici (1986-2013)

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  1. Gilles Costaz, « Edy Saiovici : Mort d’un grand directeur »,, 11 avril 2013.
  2. Armelle Héliot, « Edy Saiovici, l'instinct, le courage, la modestie », Le Figaro, 9 April 2013.
  3. She died on 18 March 2014.

Coordinates: 48°52′44″N2°19′09″E / 48.8789°N 2.3192°E / 48.8789; 2.3192