Vieux Colombier

Vieux Colombier

Not so old!

Created in 1913 by Jacques Copeau, the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier is one of the legendary concert halls in the capital and in addition to the 6th arrondissement where it is located ... in the street that gives it its name. Useful to attract, at the time, as today, onlookers. Classified as a historic monument since January 4, 1978, this institution has seen many figures of the arts and thought of the past century. Like Jean-Paul Sartre, in 1944, who gave the premiere of Huis-Clos, the centerpiece of the work of the existentialist writer and philosopher, or Antonin Artaud, who gave a lecture in front of a room that included Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Andre Gide, André Breton or Albert Camus. It also played essential pieces like Death of a salesman Arthur Miller. Before that, in the 1920s, the Vieux-Colombier was at the forefront of avant-garde cinema with Charlie Chaplin, Abel Gance and Jean Renoir. High place of the culture of its time, the Vieux Colombier also holds its reputation for New Orleans jazz played in its cellars by Sydney Bechet, Claude Luter or Boris Vian. Yet at the turn of the 1970s / 80s, the institution had to close before being listed in the inventory of historic monuments (1978) and then reborn from its ashes in 1993. From that date, the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier becomes the second room of the Comédie-Française. One plays there, in a place with no equal in the capital made of woodwork, velvet, and this supplement soul, Samuel Beckett, Eugène Labiche, Luigi Pirandello, Molière or Paul Claudel.
My kingdom for a jump seat!

Theater of Vieux-Colombier
21, rue du Vieux-Colombier
75006
Paris