The Comedie Française, founded in 1680 during the reign of Louis XIV, is the quintessence of Italian theatre, lined with burgundy velvet under flamboyant crystal chandeliers. Nicknamed Le Français, this institution is a buzzing hive composed of a troop and three theatres: the Richelieu shows classical repertoire (Molière, Racine, Corneille); the Vieux-Colombier favours foreign authors (Pirandello to Pasolini); and the Studio Theatre (1996) mounts more intimate fare.
The Theatre du Rond-Point has three stages run by the great stage designer Patrick Dutertre, into whose hands director Jean-Michel Ribes put responsibility for the theatre's renovation, design, decoration, and signage in 2001. Three rooms—Topor, Tardieu, and Renault-Barrault—show productions of delicious subversion, satire, and fantasy. There is also an abundantly stocked bookshop, a tearoom, and a restaurant for dinner after the show.
1, place Colette
+33 (0)1 44 58 15 15
Théâtre du Rond-Point
2 bis, avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
+33 (0)1 44 95 98 00