Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe

For other theatres with this name, see Odeon

Coordinates: 48°50′58.2″N 2°20′19.5″E / 48.849500°N 2.338750°E / 48.849500; 2.338750

Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
Théâtre-Français du Faubourg Saint-Germain (1782-1789)
Théâtre de la Nation (1789-1793)
Théâtre de l'Égalité (1794-1796)
Théâtre de l'Impératrice et Reine (1808-1818)
Second Théâtre-Français (1819-1990)

Facade of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
Address 2 rue Corneille, 6th arrondissement of Paris
Capacity 800
Opened 1782
Reopened 1808
Rebuilt 1819
Architect Pierre Thomas Baraguay

The Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe (formerly the Théâtre de l'Odéon) is one of France's six national theatres.

It is located at 2 rue Corneille in the 6th arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine, next to the Luxembourg Garden. It was originally built between 1779 and 1782, in the garden of the former Hôtel de Condé, to a Neoclassical design by Charles De Wailly and Marie-Joseph Peyre. The Odéon was originally intended to house the Comédie Française, which, however, preferred to stay at the Théâtre-Français in the Palais Royal. The new theatre was inaugurated by Marie-Antoinette on April 9, 1782.[1] It was there that Beaumarchais' play The Marriage of Figaro was premiered two years later.

An 1808 reconstruction of the theater designed by Jean Chalgrin (architect of the Arc de Triomphe) was officially named the Théâtre de l'Impératrice, but everyone still called it the Odéon.[2] It burned in 1818.

The third and present structure, designed by Pierre Thomas Baraguay, was opened in September 1819. In 1990, the theater was given the sobriquet 'Théâtre de l'Europe'. It is a member theater of the Union of the Theatres of Europe.

Eugène Grasset poster, 1890


Located near the Métro station: Odéon.


  1. Culture & History of Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe
  2. Regarding the name Théâtre de l'Impératrice, see Hemmings 1994, p. 106.
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