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Adolphe Montigny

Adolphe Montigny  

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(c.1812–1880)French actor, playwright, and manager, also known under the name Lemoine-Montigny. He made his debut at the Comédie-Française in 1829, although he never received much recognition on the ...
Bocage

Bocage  

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(1797–1863)French actor. Bocage failed to gain acceptance at the Comédie-Française, but began a successful career at the Porte-Saint-Martin. Lacking the robust stage presence of Lemaître, he was ...
box set

box set  

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Scene representing the three walls and ceiling of a room, not by means of perspective painting on wings, backcloth, andborders, as in early scenery, but by an arrangement of flats ...
Comédie des Champs-Élysées

Comédie des Champs-Élysées  

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Paris. Built in 1912 in the Avenue Montaigne as an annexe to the concert hall of the same name, the reputation of this theatre was made in the 1920s with ...
Drama in France since 1789

Drama in France since 1789  

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[see also Theatres and Audiences]1. Revolution and RomanticismThe frontier between tragedy and comedy had been considerably blurred in the 18th‐c. French theatre by the arrival of intermediate genres ...
Eduardo Scarpetta

Eduardo Scarpetta  

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(1853–1925)Italian actor-manager and playwright. In 1880 Scarpetta began presenting adaptations of such French boulevard authors as Hennequin, Feydeau, and Halévy (see Meilhac) at Naples' San Carlino ...
Frédérick Lemaître

Frédérick Lemaître  

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(1800–76)French actor. Frédérick (from early in his career he used the single name) started in the boulevard theatres, where he contributed to the success of popular melodrama. He had ...
Georges Feydeau

Georges Feydeau  

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(1862–1921)French writer of farces.Feydeau was born in Paris, son of the novelist Ernest Feydeau. He began writing for the theatre in 1881, and over the next thirty-five years produced some forty ...
Henri Bataille

Henri Bataille  

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(b. Nîmes, France, 14 April 1872; d. Malmaison, France, 2 March 1922)Playwright. Bataille's early work consists of romantic dramas in verse, while his later plays are psychological dramas, frequently ...
Joseph Bouchardy

Joseph Bouchardy  

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(1810–70)French playwright. The enormous popularity of his melodramas in Paris earned him the nickname ‘King of the Boulevard’. Resolutely populist, usually concluding with the destruction of a ...
L' Écho de Paris

L' Écho de Paris  

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This daily, launched in 1884 as a lightweight Boulevard title, underwent many changes. In 1900 it was the mouthpiece of the anti‐ Dreyfusard Ligue de la Patrie Française and became ...
Le Figaro

Le Figaro  

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In 1854 the press magnate Hippolyte de Villemessant resurrected a title previously used in 1826. Initially a weekly, Le Figaro became a political daily towards the end of the Second ...
Lucia Elizabeth Vestris

Lucia Elizabeth Vestris  

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(b London, 3 Jan or 2 March 1797; d London, 8 Aug 1856).English contralto, actress and theatre manager of Italian descent. From 1813 to 1817 she was married to ...
Marcel Achard

Marcel Achard  

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(b. Sainte-Foy-les-Lyon, France, 5 July 1899; d. Paris, 4 Sept. 1974)Playwright. His plays are rooted in Marivaux and the commedia dell'arte. Such early comedy as Jean de la Lune ...
Marie Dorval

Marie Dorval  

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(1798–1849)French actress, who made the most significant contribution to the establishment of romantic drama in the 1830s. Dorval came from a background of itinerant players and the popular boulevard ...
Mathurins, Théâtre des

Mathurins, Théâtre des  

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Paris, in the rue des Mathurins. This was built in 1906 for Sacha Guitry, and became a leading house for boulevard plays until 1934, when it was taken over by ...
Mlle Mars

Mlle Mars  

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(1779–1847)French actress, admitted to the Comédie-Française in 1799. She made her reputation in Molière and Marivaux, impressing audiences by her perfectly modulated diction, as well as by the ...
Oduvaldo Viana Filho

Oduvaldo Viana Filho  

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(1936–74)Brazilian playwright and actor. Viana Filho's history as a playwright and leftist activist is tied to the political theatres of the 1950s and 1960s. Although he wrote Brechtian musical ...
Réjane

Réjane  

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(1857–1920),French actress, who made her first appearance in 1875 at the Théâtre du Vaudeville. She was soon recognized as a leading player of comedy and appeared at many Parisian ...
René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt

René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt  

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(1773–1844)French playwright; along with the German Kotzebue, the originator of the romantic melodrama which dominated Western theatre in the nineteenth century. Having written an anti-Jacobin play, ...

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