Lully / Molière : Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

12, 13, 14, 15 January 2017
Approximate duration: 
3.30 hours with interval

After the success of the performances at the Opera Royal, where it was filmed, this colourful Bourgeois Gentleman comes back to Versailles ! 


In the   Bourgeois Gentleman, Molière draws the portrait of an adventurer of the mind whose only desire is to escape his lowly condition to set foot on territories from which he is excluded… the discovery of a terra incognita forbidden to him because of his birth. Why laugh at Monsieur Jourdain? The bourgeois’ only dream is to discover what we call “culture” today and to give life to his dreams, at whatever cost…No matter if his dreams are those of a ridiculous man.

When Denys Podalydès chose to restore this play in its original comedy-ballet in music format, with scores by Lully, he called upon all art forms. In this celebration of the theatre in Christian Lacroix costumes, he created the ecstasy of all senses that his hero, played by Pascal Rénéric, has been dreaming of. Of course, one must laugh at the comedy. But how can one not feel some tenderness for this man without quality, who launches a first cultural revolution all by himself? After innumerable comical twists and turns in the plot, Monsieur Jourdain is granted the title of “Mamamouchi” and experiences his hour of fame, with music and dancing, an imaginary gentleman, sickened by his bourgeois rank; his dream comes true but he is defeated, he triumphs and is duped at the same time, in a rare and theatrical moment where ridicule turns into pure amazement.




Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Molière (1622-1673)

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Comedy Ballet by Molière in five acts.
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully.
First performed at Château de Chambord on 14th October 1670.

Production : C.I.C.T. – Bouffes du Nord Theatre

Coproduction : Opéra Royal – Château de Versailles Spectacles Les Nuits de Fourvière – Département du Rhône The Theatres of the city of Luxembourg Théâtre de la Place – Liège Caen Theatre Limoges Ensemble Baroque – Fondation Laborie Maison de la Culture of Amiens Châteauvallon CNCDC Printemps des Comédiens.

With the artistic collaboration of ENSAD Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, ENSATT and  JTN.




Isabelle Gardien Madame Jourdain

Julien Campani The Music Master and Dorante

Bénédicte Guilbert Dorimène

Manon Combes/Elodie Huber Nicole

Jean-Noël Brouté The Tailor and Covielle

Daniel San Pedro Le Maître de philosophie

Leslie Menu Lucile

Léo Reynaud Le Maître d’armes

Laurent Podalydès a servant 

Hugues Duchêne a servant 

Pascal Rénéric Monsieur Jourdain

Nicolas Orlando The Dancing master and Cléonte


Dancers : Windy Antognelli, Flavie Hennion, Artemis Stavridis

Romain Champion (ténor), Cécile Granger (soprano), Marc Labonnette (baryton et le grand Mufti), Francisco Mañalich (singer and viola da gamba)


Ensemble La Révérence

Denis Podalydès Mise en scène Sociétaire de la Comédie Française

Christophe Coin Musical director

Emmanuel Bourdieu Artistic collaboration · Éric Ruf Scenography

Stéphanie Daniel Lights  · Christian Lacroix Costumes

Kaori Ito Choreography · Véronique Soulier-Nguyen Hair and makeup