The Comédie-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