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1777-2017, Versailles celebrates the 240 years of Théâtre Montansier

1777-2017, Versailles celebrates the 240 years of Théâtre Montansier

A forefront artistic symbol of Versailles, the Théâtre Montansier is celebrating its 240th anniversary until the 2nd of  December 2017.

Inaugurated on the 18th of November 1777, in the presence of Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, today the Théâtre Montansier is one of the largest cultural venues in the city of Versailles, along with the Royal Opéra and the Château. This symbol of a ongoing spectacle, that has the status of theater-school, fully deserved to celebrate its 240th anniversary with a new outstanding programme.

Versailles and the Montansier, 240 years of theatrical magic

Born under the auspices of Mademoiselle Montansier, the Théâtre Montansier, of which the Petit Trianon is the exact replica, has been classified as historical monument. Over time, it has hosted the most famous groups of actors as well as filming by Stephen Frears and Roman Polanski.

Théâtre Montansier in Versailles - chandelier
To sublimate its Italian-style decor, a regal crystal chandelier hangs above the audence. © DR
Théâtre Montansier in Versaille - sculptures details
 Since we are in Versailles, naturally there are many gilded decorations enhancing the architecture of this historical monument. © DR

Let the festivities begin

Until the 2nd of December 2017, a succession of venues will put this historical theater in the spotlight. Exhibition of documents coming from the Versailles archives, conferences, visits, animations and exceptional representations will showcase 240 years of artistic magic. An anniversary also celebrated by a new book featuring the story of this unique place. Theater buffs will the thrilled !

Théâtre Montansier in Versailles -  main room
In this deluxe setting, offering high quality sound, only 580 happy few can be seated. © DR

2017, the Montansier year in Versailles.