Théâtre Édouard VII

The Théâtre Édouard VII, also called théâtre Édouard VII – Sacha Guitry, is located in Paris between the Madeleine and the Opéra Garnier in the 9th arrondissement. The square, in which there is a statue of King Edward the Seventh, was opened in 1911. The theatre, which was originally a cinema, was named in the honour of King Edward VII, as he was nicknamed the "most Parisian of all Kings", appreciative of French culture. In the early to mid 1900s,under the direction of Sacha Guitry, the theatre became a symbol of anglo-franco friendship, and where French people could discover and enjoy Anglo Saxon works.[1] French actor and director Bernard Murat is the current director of the theatre. Modern "boulevard comedies" and vaudevilles are often performed there, and subtitled in English by the company Theatre in Paris. Important figures in the arts, cinema and theatre have performed there, including Orson Welles, Eartha Kitt, and more. Pablo Picasso created props for a play at the Théâtre Edouard VII in 1944. [2]

Théâtre Édouard VII
Théâtre Édouard VII in 2013
General information
Address9th arrondissement of Paris, France
Other information
Seating capacity718


1916: Alphonse Franck

  • 1916: All right revue in 2 acts and 14 tableaux by Rip
  • 1917: La Folle Nuit ou Le Dérivatif musical by André Mouëzy-Éon and Félix Gandéra, music Marcel Pollet
  • 1917: Son Petit Frère, two acts operetta by André Barde, music Charles Cuvillier
  • 1917: Le Feu du voisin by Francis de Croisset
  • 1917: La Jeune Fille au bain by Louis Verneuil
  • 1917: La Petite Bonne d'Abraham, three acts biblical tale by André Mouëzy-Éon and Félix Gandéra, music by Marcel Pollet
  • 1917: Il le faut ! by René Berton, Manon en voyage by Jules Massenet and Claude Terrasse, Rien qu'un by André Pascales (one act play and comic opera)
  • 1919: Phi-Phi by Albert Willemetz and Henri Christiné
  • 1919: Le Loup dans la bergerie 3 acts tale by Georges Manoir and Armand Verhyle after Balzac
  • 1919: L'Enfantement du mort by Marcel L'Herbier
  • 1920: L'École des satyres
  • 1920: L'Erreur d'une nuit d'été by Philippe Maquet
  • 1920: Je t'aime by Sacha Guitry
  • 1921: Le Comédien by Sacha Guitry
  • 1921: Le cœur dispose by Francis de Croisset
  • 1921: Le Grand Duc by Sacha Guitry
  • 1921: Faisons un rêve by Sacha Guitry
  • 1921: Jacqueline by Sacha Guitry, after Henri Duvernois
  • 1922: Jean de La Fontaine by Sacha Guitry
  • 1922: Une petite main qui se place by Sacha Guitry
  • 1922: Seul by Henri Duvernois
  • 1922: Le Misanthrope by Molière
  • 1923: Un sujet de roman by Sacha Guitry
  • 1923: L'Amour masqué comédie musicale by Sacha Guitry and André Messager
  • 1923: Le Lion et la poule by Sacha Guitry
  • 1924: La Danseuse éperdue by René Fauchois
  • 1924: L'Âge de raison by Paul Vialar
  • 1924: L'École des femmes by Molière, directed by Lucien Guitry
  • 1924: Une étoile nouvelle by Sacha Guitry
  • 1925: On ne joue pas pour s'amuser by Sacha Guitry
  • 1925: Mozart by Sacha Guitry, music Reynaldo Hahn
  • 1926: A vol d'oiseau by Sacha Guitry and Albert Willemetz
  • 1926: Souris d'hôtel by Paul Armont and Marcel Gerbidon
  • 1926: The Co-Optimiste by Melville Gideon
  • 1927: Knock Out by Jacques Natanson and Jacques Théry
  • 1927: Désiré by Sacha Guitry
  • 1927: Jean de La Fontaine by Sacha Guitry
  • 1927: La Vagabonde by Colette
  • 1928: Mariette ou Comment on écrit l'histoire by Sacha Guitry
  • 1929: L'Amoureuse Aventure by Paul Armont and Marcel Gerbidon, directed by Jacques Baumer

1929: Louis Verneuil

In 1929, Alphonse Franck is succeeded by Louis Verneuil for six months.

1930: Maurice Lehmann

In 1930, Maurice Lehmann becomes new director until 1931 when the place runs again as a movie theatre.

1931: Victor Francen

1931: Alphonse Franck

At the end of the year 1931, Twentieth Century Fox takes over the movie theatre.

1941: Robert Gallois

In 1940, theatre returns.

  • 1940: L'Insoumise by Pierre Frondaie
  • 1941: Marché noir by Steve Passeur, directed by Camille Corney
  • 1941: Arsène Lupin by Francis de Croisset and Maurice Leblanc
  • 1942: Les J3 ou la nouvelle école by Roger-Ferdinand, directed by Jacques Baumer
  • 1942: Jeunesse by Paul Nivoix
  • 1942: Une belle histoire by Guy Rotter
  • 1942: L'Honnête Florentine by Henry Chabrol

1943: Jean-Michel Renaitour and Jacqueline Heusch

1944: Pierre Béteille

1951: Elizabeth Hijar

1958: Raymond Rouleau

  • 1958: Oncle Otto by Jacques Mauclair, directed by the author
  • 1958: Nous entrerons dans la carrière by René Catroux, directed by Raymond Rouleau
  • 1958: Virage dangereux by John Boynton Priestley, directed by Raymond Rouleau

1958: Claude Génia

Starting in 1958, Claude Génia becomes responsible for the theatre and introduces new notable plays such as L'Année du bac, Jours heureux, Bonheur, impair et passe… and a new generation of actors like Sami Frey, Francis Nani, Jacques Perrin, Roger Dumas, Juliette Gréco, Daniel Gélin, Michel de Ré, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marthe Mercadier, Jean Le Poulain...

1966: Wilfrid Dodd

In 1967, Francis Veber presents his first play L'Enlèvement. Simone Valère and Jean Desailly play Double Jeu by Robert Thomas before Robert Lamoureux and Françoise Rosay introduce La Soupière, a comedy. Claude Dauphin is Shylock in The Merchant of Venice adaptation Thierry Maulnier before Elvire Popesco again plays La Mamma by André Roussin.

1970: Robert Thomas

Au théâtre ce soir

  • 1974:
    • Hélène ou la Joie de vivre by André Roussin and Madeleine Gray, directed by René Clermont
    • Pluie by John Colton and Clemence Randolph after Somerset Maugham, adaptation E.R. Blanchet and Horace de Carbuccia, directed by René Clermont
  • 1975:
  • 1976:
    • Le Pirate by Raymond Castans, directed by Jacques Sereys
    • Sacrés Fantômes by Eduardo De Filippo, directed by Jean Michaud
    • Seul le poisson rouge est au courant by Jean Barbier and Dominique Nohain, directed by Dominique Nohain
    • La Sainte Famille by André Roussin, directed by Georges Vitaly
    • Am-Stram-Gram by André Roussin, directed by Claude Nicot
    • La Bagatelle by Marcel Achard, directed by Jean Meyer
    • Fanny et ses gens by Jerome K. Jerome, adaptation André Méry and Pierre Scize, directed by Raymond Gérôme
    • Le Guilledou by Michael Clayton Hutton, adaptation Constance Coline, directed by Robert Manuel
    • Week-end by Noël Coward, adaptation André Méry and Antoine Bibesco, directed by Jacques Ardouin
    • Le monsieur qui attend by Emlyn Williams, adaptation André Roussin, directed by Georges Vitaly
    • La Charrette anglaise by Georges Berr and Louis Verneuil, directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet
    • Xavier ou l'héritier des Lancestre by Jacques Deval, directed by Robert Manuel
    • Le Cœur sous le paillasson by Harold Brooke and Kay Bannerman, adaptation Alexandre Breffort, directed by Michel Vocoret
    • La Femme de paille by Catherine Arley, directed by Raymond Gérôme
    • L'Héritière by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, adaptation Louis Ducreux, directed by René Clermont
    • Un mois à la campagne by Ivan Turgenev, adaptation Albert Husson, directed by Jean Meyer
    • La Frousse by Julien Vartet, directed by René Clermont
    • Le Coin tranquille by Michel André, directed by Michel Vocoret
    • Une femme presque fidèle by Jacques Bernard, directed by Jacques Mauclair
    • Le monsieur qui a perdu ses clés by Michel Perrin, directed by Robert Manuel
    • Attends-moi pour commencer by Joyce Rayburn, adaptation Jean Marsan, directed by Michel Roux

1976: Simone Valère and Jean Desailly

1978: Pierre Bergé

Under the direction of Pierre Bergé the repertory expands with the creation of Nous ne connaissons pas la même personne by François-Marie Banier and Navire Night by Marguerite Duras. Robert Hirsch is invited in 1979 after a long career at the Comédie-Française and successfully plays in Deburau.

1981: Jacqueline Cormier

First apparition of Philippe Caubère on a Parisian stage in January 1982 in his Danse du Diable. That same year Edwige Feuillère chose the Théâtre Édouard VII to return on the stage in La Dernière Nuit de l'été.

Jean Poiret and Maria Pacôme play Joyeuses Pâques. In 1983, Strindberg has his only and great popular success in Paris with Miss Julie played by Niels Arestrup and Fanny Ardant after Isabelle Adjani.

The year before that of his anniversary, Sacha Guitry returns home, thanks to Jean-Claude Brialy and Marie-José Nat, playing as a couple in Désiré.

With Chapitre II de Noël Simon, adapted by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy and directed by Pierre Mondy, both Mireille Darc and Jean Piat returns on stage. La Répétition ou l'Amour puni by Jean Anouilh is played by Pierre Arditi, Emmanuelle Béart, Anny Duperey, Bernard Giraudeau and Béatrice Agenin, directed by Bernard Murat.

Paris discovers the English adaptation of the French classic Dangerous Liaisons with Bernard Giraudeau and Caroline Cellier. The season ends in May 1989 with Un mois à la campagne, dramatic comedy by Turgenev, with Isabelle Huppert, in a mise-en-scène by Bernard Murat.

1989: Julien Vartet

The season starts in October 1989 with a new director, Julien Vartet and many comédies en vaudevilles which he authored: Point de feu sans fumée, Décibel, La Frousse, Archibald. These comedies alternate with an eclectic program: revival of Maxibules, a forgotten play by Marcel Aymé.

At the end of October 1994, the season starts with two plays by Georges Feydeau, On purge Bébé and Feu la Mère de Madame with Muriel Robin, Pierre Richard and Darry Cowl, in a mise-en-scene by Bernard Murat.

Julien Vartet undertakes important works of renovation which lead to the air conditioning of the venue.

  • 1989: Un mois à la campagne by Ivan Turgenev, directed by Bernard Murat
  • 1989: Point de feu sans fumée by Julien Vartet, directed by Jean-Paul Tribout
  • 1990: Les Maxibules by Marcel Aymé, directed by Gérard Savoisien
  • 1990: Le Plaisir de rompre and Le Pain de ménage by Jules Renard are interpreted by Anny Duperey, Bernard Giraudeau and Bernard Murat in a mise-en-scène by the latter
  • 1991: Décibel by Julien Vartet, directed by Gérard Savoisien
  • 1991: Jeanne et les juges by Thierry Maulnier, directed by Marcelle Tassencourt
  • 1991: Même heure l'année prochaine by Bernard Slade, directed by Roger Vadim
  • 1992: Les Enfants d'Édouard by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, directed by Jean-Luc Moreau
  • 1993: La Frousse by Julien Vartet, directed by Raymond Acquaviva
  • 1993: Toâ by Sacha Guitry, directed by Stéphane Hillel
  • 1993: Durant avec un T by Julien Vartet, directed by Daniel Colas
  • 1994: La Nuit à Barbizon by Julien Vartet, directed by Gérard Savoisien
  • 1994: On purge bébé by Feu la mère de Madame by Georges Feydeau, directed by Bernard Murat
  • 1994: Décibel by Julien Vartet, directed by Gérard Savoisien
  • 1995: Archibald by Julien Vartet, directed by Daniel Colas
  • 1998: Les Cinémas de la rue d'Antibes by Julien Vartet, directed by the author
  • 1999: Archibald dby Julien Vartet, directed by Jacqueline Bœuf

2001: Bernard Murat and Jean-Louis Livi

After it was closed one year, the theatre reopened in September 2001 under the codirection by Bernard Murat and Jean-Louis Livi.

2007: Bernard Murat

In September 2007, the théâtre Édouard VII celebrates the year of Sacha Guitry (1885–1957) with two shows:

  • 2007: Mon père avait raison by Sacha Guitry, directed by Bernard Murat, with Claude and Alexandre Brasseur playing together for the first time, like Lucien and Sacha Guitry before them.
  • 2007: Un type dans le genre de Napoléon, four unpublished one act plays by Sacha Guitry, directed by Bernard Murat, with Martin Lamotte, Florence Pernel, and Chloé Lambert

The following plays were all directed by Bernard Murat:


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