Facade of the theatre
|Address||23 rue de la Huchette|
|Public transit||Saint-Michel (Métro), Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame (RER)|
|Production||The Lesson and The Bald Soprano|
The Théâtre de la Huchette is a theatre in Paris.
This small theatre in Paris' Left Bank, located at 23 rue de la Huchette in the 5th arrondissement, is known for playing Eugène Ionesco's absurdist double-bill of The Lesson and The Bald Soprano in permanent repertory since 1957, as "Spectacle Ionesco." Today, a third play is presented and this changes from time to time. Despite the theatre's tiny size of only 85 seats,a total of over one and a half million spectators have attended the show.
The 5th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as cinquième.
Eugène Ionesco was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the French Avant-garde theatre. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict the solitude and insignificance of human existence in a tangible way.
The Lesson is a one-act play by French-Romanian playwright Eugène Ionesco. It was first performed in 1951 in a production directed by Marcel Cuvelier. Since 1957 it has been in permanent showing at Paris' Théâtre de la Huchette, on an Ionesco double-bill with The Bald Soprano. The play is regarded as an important work in the "Theatre of the Absurd".
The theatre's first ever production, by Georges Vitaly, was Albertina by Valentino Bompiani. The date was 26 April 1948. In 1951 he premièred Georges Schehadés first play Monsieur Bobl'le.
Georges Vitaly, real name Vitali Garcouchenko,, was a 20th-century French actor, theater director and theater manager.
Valentino Silvio Bompiani was an Italian publisher, writer and playwright.
Georges Schehadé was a Lebanese playwright and poet writing in French.
In 1952 Marcel Pinard took over as owner, and brought to the theatre the works of Jean Genet, Federico García Lorca, Ivan Turgenev, Eugène Ionesco and Jean Tardieu. Pinard died in 1975, and the theatre was threatened with closure. The actors who had played the Ionesco double bill since 1957 formed a limited company in order to continue production.
Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but he later took to writing. His major works include the novels The Thief's Journal and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Maids and The Screens.
Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca, was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director.
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, translator and popularizer of Russian literature in the West.
The closest métro and RER stations are: Saint-Michel and Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame.
Saint-Michel is a station on Line 4 of the Paris Métro in the 5th arrondissement. Located in the Quartier Latin, it offers a connection to the St-Michel - Notre-Dame RER station on RER lines B and C.
The Theatre of the Absurd is a post–World War II designation for particular plays of absurdist fiction written by a number of primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s, as well as one for the style of theatre which has evolved from their work. Their work focused largely on the idea of existentialism and expressed what happens when human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument give way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.
La Cantatrice Chauve — translated from French as The Bald Soprano or The Bald Prima Donna — is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco.
Tina Howe is an American playwright. In a career that spans more than four decades, Howe's best-known works include Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Pride's Crossing.
Tintamarre is a bilingual student theatre troupe that was founded at Mount Allison University by Alex Fancy.
Jonathan Mark Weiss is an American scholar of French literature and social science whose extensive publications include literary and theatre criticism, essays on Franco-American relations, a short story, and most recently the biography of Irène Némirovsky.
Robert Massin is a French graphic designer, art director and typographer who is notable for his innovative experimentation with expressive forms of typographic composition. Massin stopped using his first name in the 1950s.
Fanély Revoil, born Marseille 25 September 1906, died Annonay 31 January 1999, was a French singer who had a major career in opera and operetta between the 1930s and 1989. She was married to theater director Robert Ancelin from 1937 to 1942.
Thérèse Quentin was a French actress. She was married to the actor and stage director Marcel Cuvelier (1924–2015), with whom she had a daughter, actress Marie Cuvelier.
The Picture is a one-act play written by Eugène Ionesco and first published in Viridis Candela, the journal of the Collège de 'Pataphysique. The first performance was in Paris at the théâtre de la Huchette in October 1955, directed by Robert Postec and with Pierre Leproux, Pierre Chevallier, Tsilla Chelton, Maria Murano.
Tsilla Chelton was a French actress of theatre and film, famous for playing the main role in 1990 film Tatie Danielle, in which she was nominated for a Cesar award and as an elderly Dominican in Soeur Sourire.
Ahmad Kamyabi Mask is a writer, translator, publisher and current Professor Emeritus of Modern Drama and Theater of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran. He is a prominent scholar of French Avant-garde theater and influential in the study of Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett.
Jacques Grello (1915–1978) was a French singer and film actor.
Le théâtre des Noctambules was a former parisian cabaret established in 1894 by the chansonnier Martial Boyer (1872-1941) and located at 7 rue Champollion in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.
René Dupuy was a French actor, theater director and théâtre manager.
Jean-Marie Serreau was a 20th-century French actor, theatre director and a former student of Charles Dullin.
Hélène Loiselle was a Canadian actress living and working in Quebec.
Paolo Emilio Landi is an Italian theatrical director, journalist, and documentarian. He has filmed worldwide a number of documentaries for RAI. He directed plays at several different theatres in the US, in Russian Federation and former Soviet Union.
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