by Bertolt Brecht
directed by Katharina Thalbach


with Thierry Hancisse, Eric Génovèse, Bruno Raffaelli, Florence Viala

Jérôme Pouly, Laurent Stocker, Michel Vuillermoz, Bakary Sangaré …



Brecht was in exile in the United States in 1941 when he completed this play in which, as noted by Bernard Dort, the distancing effect is more than ever a “process of deconditioning and destroying ideologies”.



The German dramatist seeks to dismantle the mechanisms of Hitler’s rise to power by transposing the action to Chicago in 1930 with the crisis of the Cauliflower Trust. For Hitler and Al Capone, as for Nazism and the criminal underworld, the methods are the same: intimidation, blackmail, embezzlement, threats and murder, right up to and including grotesque and Chaplinesque elocution lessons so as to better harangue the crowds. “The belly is still fertile…” warned Brecht. More than sixty years after the playwright’s death, Arturo Ui comes down to us from the past and still speaks in the present.
The task of inaugurating La Résistible Ascension d’Arturo Ui in the Repertoire was entrusted to a historical figure of the Berliner Ensemble, Katharina Thalbach, the daughter of Benno Besson and Sabine Thalbach, an actress in Brecht’s company. After her mother passed away, Katharina Thalbach grew up under the protection of the company, particularly that of Helene Weigel, Brecht’s widow and his successor as head of the Berliner. A renowned theatre and opera director, she expresses the epic breadth of this “political farce” in a staging free of dogmatism and in the tradition of these inspired thespians.


Until May 21, 2018



Salle Richelieu
1 place Colette 75001 Paris





by Lars Norén
Directed by Lars Norén


with Martine Chevallier, Anne Kessler, Bruno Raffaelli, Alain Lenglet,

Françoise Gillard, Christian Gonon, Hervé Pierre, Gilles David,

Danièle Lebrun, Didier Sandre, Dominique Blanc


With “Poussière” (Dust), a major contemporary writer, one of the most performed worldwide, is entering the repertoire of the Comédie-Française, becoming part of the tradition of authors who write for the Troupe.

This play features ten people, all elderly, six men and four women, along with one’s simple-minded daughter. For more than thirty years, they have been going on holidays to the same place, spending a week in the sun, in a hotel resort, in Spain or somewhere similar. If they had the means, they would go elsewhere but they come from a modest class and have no other way to escape their daily lives. Thus, they have been running into each other in this place for years, they know but don’t know each other. They never see each other anywhere else. Only here, once a year. For so long. For some this may be the last time. Others have probably already disappeared. This play is a symphony of farewells performed before our eyes. We are in a time that is no longer linear, only memory. What remains, what are the faces, the facts and the emotions that persist? “I couldn’t have written this text”, explains Lars Norén, “before reaching the age I am today. It’s a play about goodbyes and memories, on the last waves you pass through before the end. A beautiful and melancholy play that speaks only of life.” (Lars Noren)


February 10 – June 16, 2018



Salle Richelieu
1 place Colette 75001 Paris





Galignani has been located under the arcades of the rue de Rivoli, in the direct vicinity of museums and grand hotels for 150 years. Galignani is worth a visit for its beautiful wood panels, low-key atmosphere, discrete service and English language selection at the back of the library, under the canopy.




224, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

01 42 60 76 07




The MAD is a museum which boasts excitingly rich collections as well as temporary exhibitions which reputation is steadily growing. This is a place contemporary creation lovers could definitely consider home. Located in the Marsan wing of the Louvre, its prime mission is the appreciation of fine arts and the development of ties between the industrial world and culture, creation and production. It remains true to its original mission statement which is to maintain the culture of the arts which pursue beauty and usefulness in France.

In 2018, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs became the MAD, which stands for Mode Arts Design (Fashion Arts Design)


Exposition Christian Dior


Exposition Bauhaus


It conserves one of the most important fine arts collection in the world in 5 departments with a chronological approach -Medieval era and Renaissance, 17th and 18th centuries, 19th century, Art Nouveau-Art Deco, Modern and Contemporary-  and 7 themed departments – graphic arts, jewellery, toys, wallpapers, glass, fashion and textile, advertising and graphic design- thus taking us on a journey to the evolution of artistic production in fine arts from the Middle-Ages to contemporary design, showing furniture, tableware, graphic arts, goldsmithery, glass, ceramics, wallpaper, tapestry, painting and sculpture.






107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

01 44 55 57 50



The former residence of the Kings of France, the Musée du Louvre has become the most visited museum in the world. Over 8 millions people come each year to enjoy the masterpieces.



The great palace hosting the museums dates back to the 12th century and is in itself a true architectural lesson. From 1200 to 2011, some of the most innovative architects helped build and improve the Louvre. The palace was a political center for a long period: a royal residence, and the home of French Chiefs of State until 1870, it was a key place in the history of Paris and France.

A dark fortified fortress built in the 12th century, the Palais du Louvre was the residence of King Francis I then the sumptuous palace of Louis XIV known as the Sun King. A decree from the 6 May 1791 ordered the creation of a Muséum central des arts de la République (Republic’s Central Museum of the Arts). The museum served first and foremost as a place for the training of artists as they were the only ones to have access to le Louvre during the week while the general public could only get in on sundays.



In 1803, the museums was renamed Musée Napoléon and loots from Napoleonic Wars were added to it. Only during the Third Republic did the Louvre become State Property and acquired its current ‘National Museum’ status. During the Presidency of François Mitterrand, the Richelieu wing was given back to the museum as it previously housed the Ministry of Finances. The museum underwent significant revamping under the direction of American architect Ieoh Ming Pei. Its most significant achievement is the building of the Louvre Pyramid at the entrance of the museum.



Lundi : 9 h – 18 h
Mardi : Fermé
Mercredi : 9 h – 21h45
Jeudi : 9 h – 18 h
Vendredi : 9 h – 21h45
Samedi : 9 h – 18 h
Dimanche : 9 h – 18 h

L’entrée du Musée se fait par la pyramide



by William Shakespeare

Diected by Robert Carsen


with Thierry Hancisse, Jérôme Pouly, Michel Vuillermoz,

Elsa Lepoivre, Gilles David,Benjamin Lavernhe, Noam Morgensztern,

Christophe Montenez, Georgia Scalliet, Stéphane Varupenne,

Hervé Pierre, Serge Bagdassarian et Loïc Corbery



Robert Carsen is an internationally known director and great connoisseur of Shakespeare’s work, which he has worked on in the opera many times. This staging of The Tempest will mark his first collaboration with the Troupe and his first time directing a theatre production in France.

This creator of images of an inspired beauty, also renowned for his direction of actors and the dramaturgical quality of his intentions, is taking on this play that has a special status in the Shakespearian repertoire. This “weaving of materials of incredible richness” that has always fascinated him, appeals above all to the imagination, drawing on a constant interplay of the real and the unreal.



In this text on power –political power but also power of thought– every moment and every word overturns our certainties. It opens on the tempest caused by Prospero, and with it, the shipwreck of his brother who has usurped his kingdom. The latter is marooned with his companions of misfortune on the island where the exile has lived for twelve years with his daughter Miranda and two spirits obliged to serve him, but who also seek their freedom: Ariel and Caliban. The storm that rages, especially in Prospero’ssoul, will constantly erupt throughout the five acts, comments Robert Carsen. For the duration of the performance, the Salle Richelieu will transform itself into this island, a magical lair, a mental and psychological space he orchestrates while assuring us that “we are such stuff as dreams are made on.”



February 20 – May 2018


Salle Richelieu
1 place Colette 75001 Paris





Jacques Tati created L’Arlequin in 1962. It is a meeting place for all cinema lovers. This cinema stands apart from all the huge movie theatres of the Odéon and Montparnasse by its very demanding programming, but also by its various activities : discussions, previews and most of all the famous Cine-Club sessions of Claude Jean Philippe every Sunday morning. The bar is also a very nice and cosy place where we can have a drink before or after our film show.




76 rue de Rennes  75006 Paris



Created in 2008 by Hanane Hilmi and Jean Noël de Soy, IN CAMERA presents devotees to black and white, such as Jane Evelyn Atwood or Stéphane Duroy as well as great colourists such as Bertien van Manen, Julian Germain, Dolorès Marat or Gueorgui Pinkhassov. Those artists are displayed in museums all around the world and in great public and private collections.


21, rue Las Cases 75007 Paris



Created in 1926 by Christian Zervos, the Cahiers d’Art review belongs to the legend of SaintGermain-des-Prés. Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, Léger, Beckett and Miro took part in it before it became slightly neglected. ‘Les Cahiers’ were purchased by the Swede Staffan Ahrenberg and are now headed by Samuel Keller and Hans-Ulrich Obrist and back to their former place and lustre.



Galerie Cahiers d’Art

14 rue du Dragon 75006 Paris


Jean-Michel Atlan

Philippe Bismuth worked as a 20th century painting and sculpture expert for ten years before teaming with Vincent Amiaux, a specialist of Cubism to open the gallery in 1998. Works by Giacometti, Foujita, Dubuffet, Lhote, Picabia, Utrillo, Picasso, Warhol and 20th century masters are regularly on show.


Lucien Courtaud

François Arnal

André Lhote

2 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris

01 40 15 00 15




Since 1958, the gallery has offered a vast selection of graphic and photographic editions of the greatest figures of the Surrealist movement, namely Hans Bellmer, Giorgio De Chirico, Salvador Dali, Leonor Fini or Wassily Kandinsky. It also exhibits Pre-Columbian art focusing on the cultures from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.





8 Rue Jacob, 75006 Paris

01 43 25 89 58


Maurice Estève


The gallery is dedicated to the major painters of the “Nouvelle Ecole de Paris” (a term coined in the 50’s) including :  Karel Appel, Jean-Michel Atlan, Jean René Bazaine, Roger Bissière, Camille Bryen, Serge Charchoune, Chu Teh-Chun, Corneille, Olivier Debré, Jean Dubuffet, Maurice Estève, Jean Fautrier, Otto Freundlich, Hans Hartung, Jean Hélion, Auguste Herbin, Asger Jorn, Wifredo Lam, André Lanskoy, Alberto Magnelli, Alfred Manessier, André Masson, Georges Mathieu, Serge Poliakoff, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Gérard Schneider, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël, Victor Vasarely, Bram van Velde, Geer van Velde, Maria Elena Vieira da Silva or Zao Wou-ki.


Pierre Soulages


Serge Poliakoff


16 rue de Seine 75006 Paris

O1 43 25 39 24

du lundi au samedi

de 11h00 à 13h00 et de 14h30 à 19h00