Monday, 29 August 2016

Le Cocu magnifique written by the Belgian playwright, Fernand Crommelynck, and produced at Théâtre de l'Œuvre?, Paris in 1921

A scene from Le Cocu magnifique (first published in 1920) written by the Belgian playwright, Fernand Crommelynck (1885-1970), and produced at  Théâtre de l'Œuvre??, Paris in 1921

"Crommelynck's masterpiece was Le Cocu magnifique (1920), a 'lyrical farce' on the theme of a lover's jealousy. Staged with constructivist sets by Vsevolod Meyerhold — the first of their kind — the theatre play was such a hit that Crommelynck was able to give up acting and devote himself to writing."

Friday, 26 August 2016

Martine (1922) written by Jean-Jacques Bernard (1888-1972), and produced at in the Théâtre des Mathurins in 1922

A scene from Martine (first published in 1922) written by the French playwright, Jean-Jacques Bernard (1888-1972), and produced at in the Théâtre des Mathurins in 1922

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dardamelle ou le Cocu (1922 ) written by Émile Louis Mazaud, and produced at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in 1923

Some Scenes from Dardamelle ou le Cocu (first published in 1922 ) written by the French playwright, Émile Louis Mazaud (1884-1970), and produced at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier  in 1923

"Mazaud se consacre dès lors principalement au théâtre, et connaît son plus grand succès en 1922 lorsque sa nouvelle pièce, Dardamelle ou le Cocu est mise en scène par Lugné-Poe à la Maison de l'Œuvre. Elle sera reprise au Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier et publiée le par Gallimard à la Nouvelle Revue française. Il publie ensuite plusieurs autres comédies, dont une sera créée au théâtre des Arts en 1926 et une autre à la radiodiffusion en 1938, ainsi que quelques nouvelles."

Monday, 22 August 2016

La Maison natale written by Jacques Copeau and produced at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in 1923

A scene from La Maison natale written by the French playwright, Jacques Copeau (1879-1949), and produced at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in 1923

"When the 1923/24 season opened, the Vieux-Colombier found itself in competition with former members of the company since Jouvet's and Dullin's theatre drew from the same public as Copeau. Its subscriber base reduced, the Vieux-Colombier no longer held the cherished spot in the heart of those theatregoers who sought quality in the theatre. For Copeau, two events marked the highpoints of the season: the staging of his long-awaited La Maison natale, a work that had its inception in various forms more than twenty years earlier, and the Noh play Kantan with the students of the school under the direction of Suzanne Bing. Copeau's piece dealt with the theme of an autocratic father whose two sons, Maxime and Pierre, have already left the nest to find happiness elsewhere. André, the youngest son, remains at home, but is encouraged by his grandfather to search for his happiness."

La Marche nuptiale (1905) written by Henry Bataille (1872-1922), and produced at Théâtre du Vaudeville in 1905

A scene from the third act of La Marche nuptiale (1905) written by the French playwright, Henry Bataille (1872-1922), and  produced at  Théâtre du Vaudeville in 1905

"La Marche nuptiale, pièce en 4 actes, représentée pour la première fois au théâtre du Vaudeville le avec en rôles titres Gaston Dubosc, Berthe Bady et Gabrielle Dorziat"

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Chantecler written by Alexis Rostand, and produced at Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in February 7, 1927

Scenes from  Chantecler  written by the French playwright Alexis Rostand (1868-1918), and produced at Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in February 7, 1927

Maude Adams in Chantecler

"Chantecler is a verse play in four acts written by Edmond Rostand. The play is notable in that all the characters are farmyard animals including the main protagonist, a chanticleer, or rooster. The play centers on the theme of idealism and spiritual sincerity, as contrasted with cynicism and artificiality. Much of the play satirizes modernist artistic doctrines from Rostand's romanticist perspective."

Thursday, 11 August 2016

La Course du flambeau (1901) written by Paul Hervieu (1857-1915) and produced at Théâtre du Vaudeville, in 1901

Scenes from La Course du flambeau (first published in 1901)  written by the French playwright, Paul Hervieu (1857-1915) and produced at  Théâtre du Vaudeville, in 1901

First Act
Third Act

Fourth Act

Acteurs et actrices ayant créé les rôles
PersonnageActeur ou actrice
Maravon pèreLéon Lérand
StangyGaston Dubosc
Didier MaravonPaul Numa
GribertLouis Leubas
Le docteurNertann
JirbinGeorges Mauloy
Sabine RevelRéjane
Madame FontenaisSuzanne Daynes-Grassot
Madame PonthionneJuliette Darcourt
Marie-JeanneJeanne Bernou
Madame GribertJane Morlet