French Comedy Theatre

Local nameComédie Française
Location1st arrondissement of Paris, France

The Comédie-Française or Théâtre-Français is one of the few state theatres in France. Founded in 1680, it is the oldest active theatre company in the world. Established as a French state-controlled entity in 1995, it is the only state theatre in France to have its own permanent troupe of actors. The company's primary venue is the Salle Richelieu, which is a part of the Palais-Royal complex and located at 2 rue de Richelieu on the Place André-Malraux in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.

The theatre has also been known as the Théâtre de la République and popularly as "La Maison de Molière". It acquired the latter name from the troupe of the best-known playwright associated with the Comédie-Française, Molière. He was considered the patron of French actors. He died seven years before his troupe became known as the Comédie-Française, but the company continued to be known as "La Maison de Molière" even after the official change of name.

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Opening hours

Times of performances vary.

Box Office:
Mon - Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Price of the tickets starts at €8.

More information and contact


Official Website



Phone +33 1 4458 1515

Address Place Colette, 75001 Paris, France

Coordinates 48°51'48.727" N 2°20'10.239" E

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