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Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier

Francis Jourdain

alias Théâtre de l'Athéneé Saint-Germain
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(detail)1899 | construction


Francis Jourdain |main architect
Jacques Copeau |Commissioned by


Jacques Copeau founded his Theatre du Vieux Colombier as early as 1913, and in 1919 a theatre was built to designs drawn up by Louis Jouvet. There was no proscenium. The audience sat in a bare hall facing a permanent set made of concrete—a series of platforms linked by steps. It had something in common with the Elizabethan stage, but was in no sense a reconstruction, and was intended to be used for all types of play. But the audience soon grew bored, and critics complained of its 'drab puritanism' and 'unbearable monotony'.


In: Tidworth, Simon: Theatres: An Illustrated History. London 1973 p. 202



Author: Simon Tidworth

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