La Comedie Francaise
La Comedie Francaise
4.5
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This famous theater, home to a drama troupe that has been performing since 1680, routinely hosts classical French plays by Molière, Racine, Corneille and others.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Louvre / Palais-Royal
From the majestic Louvre to the regal Palais-Royal, this neighbourhood oozes luxury. The grand arches along Rue de Rivoli are shadowed by mosaics in front of decorated vitrines and hotels. Place Vendôme is lined with the world’s best jewelers and their glittering window displays. Every other establishment has someone to open the door for you or park your car. You can spend hours gazing at its haute couture shops or lingering over a meal at any of its chic eateries. After all that indulgence, the Tuileries gardens provide stately respite, while theatres compete for your applause. It's a neighbourhood that draws admirers from around the world, all attracted to the luxe life in Paris.
How to get there
  • Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre • 1 min walk
  • Pyramides • 4 min walk
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4.5
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Marie Helene A
Montreal, Canada134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is the gem of France's theatres and a must go-to if you visit Paris. it is a classic. I went to see Tartuffe last week and did not regret it. Try to book in d=advance if you go as a family or group but, if you are alone you can find cheaper last-minute tickets on the day of the play.
Written 19 March 2023
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LosAngelesFunster
Los Angeles, CA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2010 • Couples
I speak enough French to order a very good meal (and that involves a fair amount of hand gestures and the odd word in English accompanied by a hopeful look). Thus, I was astonished when two dear friends who head a theater company in the US told me that I absolutely must go to the Comedie-Francaise when in Paris. They assured me that if I picked a Moliere play I'd be fine. Well, with some trepidation, me and the missus booked. The first time I laughed, which was right after the curtain went up since Moliere is funny, I sort of held my breath ... And listened. I was NOT the only one laughing, Phew! My friends were right, I was good to go and away I went on a magically fun theater ride. I understand every 1000th word or so but French Smench, it didn't matter. Take a chance and give it a try. You will definitely NOT be surrounded by a bunch of American tourists. This is as French as it gets without the need for a mistress. Enjoy!
Written 9 September 2011
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Mir2001
Southwest166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We waited till the cheap seats went on sale, around the corner (les strapotins) and sat in the highest balcony to watch Le Malade imaginaire. The chandelier alone is worth the price of a ticket.
Picturing the ladies in their silks and satins behind their fans surrounded by red carpet, seats, drapes, and wallpaper must be experienced! The statues of the authors are stunning. Take the tiny little elevator in the corner to complete the experience. They have a lovely gift shop with nice things to send home, wrapped just so and sealed with a gold sticker.
Written 5 September 2003
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sam w
Oxford, UK7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
5 euro tickets available at petit guichet one hour before performance (but get there early) and make sure to check on the seating plan where your seat is - most are excellent, but some have restrcited view
Written 14 March 2013
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FalcoG
Lima, Peru4,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Solo
Found La Comedie Francaise by accident, while being as usual lost while walking around Paris.

Very beautiful building with so much history.

Went into their shop and found the most kind ladies I encountered in Paris.

The stores have great and fine things to buy, they wrapped beautifully yall our purchases. A treat to be just inside.
Written 3 September 2011
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Jose H
1,154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
You have to absolutely respect this theatre! Even if your French is weak, like mine, do not be intimidated to go to the Comédie Française to see a play by Molière. It is a very special experience ! Everything is top shelf! And for this play, I have a special appreciation of how the company’s performance is designed to pass on the greatness of Molière to children! Extraordinary !
Written 13 October 2019
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RedSkirrel
Los Angeles, CA244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
Known as Moliere House (he died almost on stage, just after a play), the Comedie Francaise is believe to be the oldest theater in the world, located a block from the Louvre and next to the Palais Royal. While created by King Louis XIV (1680), its status and operations were set by Napoleon… during the Russian campaign and are still in force today. It’s the only State theater and is the temple and guardian of the classical repertoire. It’s a privilege to be coopted to be part of this prestigious institution. I got a cheap last minute ticket to Victor Hugo’s Lucretia Borgia and that was a great experience: the theater carries a magic feel of history, the play was mesmerizing with a modern staging. It really worth having such experience while in Paris… even if you don’t understand French. Tickets can be purchase for the same day.
Written 19 May 2017
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Emilie B
Paris, France14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My Favourite theatre in Paris, undoubtedly the most beautiful, though it passing the centuries, it remains the same, awesome and beautiful.
The room "Richelieu" is according to me, the most gorgeous room and the most representative of the art of France.
Words miss me to explain how the theatre is !
I provide you to go to see one or more plays in THE house of Moliere ! the symbol of the French theatre and the French art !
Have a great moment in Paris ! 😄

Written 14 September 2014
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Michael S
Saint Peter, MN30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
If you have any appreciation for theatre, I would recommend catching a show here. It was affordable, and, as other reviewers have attested, both the facility and the performance are world class. If you don't speak French, make sure you read the play in advance so you know what's happening, but it was a wonderful treat to hear and see Moliere done in the language for which it was intended. Translations of Moliere to English can't hold a candle to the rhythm of the language in which his works were written. Arrive early and enjoy an affordable cocktail in the elegant lounge. Bravo! (And use the restroom before the show...no intermission and a lengthy curtain call!)
Written 15 August 2014
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HarvardboyAtlanta
Savannah, GA94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
My poor French always gets a workout when I attend performances here, but the spoken French on-stage is so wonderful it's worth it. If you know any French at all, this is a fine experience. The performances, the actors -- everything is devoted to the preservation, the love of, the beautiful French language at its classical best. Moliere reigns supreme. A fine gift shop, as well. It's near the Louvre, near many restaurants, and near the wonderful Number One Metro line, for easy access.
Written 23 December 2013
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