Tuesday 10 December 2013 -
Théâtre des Célestins - Theatre in Lyon
Lyon's great theatre.
Since its opening in 1792, the Celestins Theatre, originally exclusively devoted to dramas and comedies, was a great success. Its fame spread is as the critics declared it a model for all theatres, throughout both Paris and the provinces. However at the end of the nineteenth century it had a series of managers who left one after another and the audience lost faith in the theatre, leaving seats empty.
This eclipse was short-lived: Édouard Herriot, Mayor of Lyon, advised by Edmond Rostand and Jules Renard appointed Mr. Charles Moncharmont as director in 1906. With him, the Celestins Theatre became the second top comedy stage after Paris. Next, Charles Gantillon gave the theatre a pioneering spirit. Thanks to him, the public discovered Jean Cocteau, Eugene Ionesco, Armand Gatti, Samuel Beckett, and Bertolt Brecht. In 1968, Albert Husson and John Meyer were together appointed as directors, bringing ten years of pure theatre in an intense and fruitful collaboration, followed by Jean-Paul Lucet in 1985.
Since 2000, Claudia Stavisky has been director of the Célestins Theatre with Patrick Penot, replacing Gerard Deniaux in late 2002.
Metro: Bellecour, Celestins car park
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