French President François Hollande took the stage to show his support to open two new venues for Comédie Française, the emblematic French theatre scene. In his announcement on Monday, he confirmed that the new venues should be built in the 17th district of Paris by 2022.
The « Cité du Théâtre » – « Theatre City » will be set on the « Berthiers Workshop » site, in a neighbourhood of Porte de Clichy, which is undergoing renovation works. President Hollande declared l that this project was « ambitious » and that he would like the construction of the new venues to start in 2018. Minister for Culture Audrey Azoulay said that the financial needs for the Theatre City would be met in the 2017 budget.
The project will also include the moving of the Paris Opera workshops to their new site in Bastille, as well as a new venue for the National Superior Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique) currently situated in the 9th district.
One of the most important aims for these new artistic places is to offer art for a more affordable price and in venues that are totally modulable so as to host many different plays and shows.
By Aurore Locatelli, IEJ 3F