Short description

The Champs-Elysées Theater is located 15, avenue Montaigne (Part of "The Triangle d'Or"), in the 8th district of Paris and inaugurated on April 2, 1913. It is in the immediate vicinity of the Champs-Elysées.
The Champs-Elysées Theater is owned by a State Bank: the Caisse des dépôts et consignations !
The Champs-Elysées Theater : a high place of classical music and also a place of scandal. First it was the world premiere of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky on May 29, 1913. Years later, it was  the first real "mixed" musical work (a work for musical instruments and electroacoustic devices): Déserts by Edgard Varèse on December 2, 1954.
In the meantime, in 1925, it was La Revue Nègre with Josephine Baker. For some, its "shamelessness" is a scandal. For the artist, it was the beginning of a long international career.
To day, it is one theater but 3 auditoriums: the Theatre des Champs-Elysées (1905 seats - Main auditorium), the Comédie des Champs-Elysées (601 seats - for Comedies) and the Studio des Champs-Elysées (230 seats - "experimental theater).

Localisation
Open hours

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is open

  • Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 19:00 (except June 10, 2021 and public holidays)
  • Sundays two hours before the performance

See the program by clicking on La Saison

 

Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées est ouvert

  • du lundi au samedi de 12h à 19h (sauf 10 juin 2021 et jours fériés)
  • les dimanches deux heures avant la représentation

Voir la programmation en cliquant sur La Saison

Access

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

Accès

  • Métro : station Alma-Marceau (ligne 9) ou Franklin-Roosevelt (ligne 1)
  • RER : station Pont de l'Alma (ligne C)
  • Bus : 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
  • Station de taxi Place de l'Alma, angle avenue George V
  • Station Vélib' en face du Théâtre
  • Parkings : Alma-George V

Access

Metro: Alma-Marceau station (line 9) or Franklin-Roosevelt (line 1)
RER : Pont de l'Alma station (line C)
Bus: 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Cab stand Place de l'Alma, corner avenue George V
Vélib' station in front of the Theater
Parking: Alma-George V

Address

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
15 Avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

Tel : 33 (0)1 49 52 50 00
Tel reservation : 01 49 52 50 50

 

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 57″ N 2° 18′ 10″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.86567 2.30327

 

Reservation

Reservations can be made (English)

  • online : click on "The Season
  • by phone : 01 49 52 50 50
  • at the ticket office : 15 Avenue Montaigne - 75008 Paris
    • Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm (except June 10, 2021 and holidays)
    • on Sunday, two hours before the performance
    • The 6th category (blind tickets) is only available at the box office 1 hour before the show
  • and by mail : Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

Ticket prices

The prices are high but vary according to the artist or the dates of the shows. Click on "This year's and next year's season" to get artist names, concert dates and prices.

  • Unused E-tickets can be resold under certain conditions at the "E-ticket Exchange": see below

Methods of payment

  • Cheque made out to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
  • Credit card, Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard
  • Vacation vouchers / Culture vouchers from the Up-cheque lunch group
  • Théâtre des Champs-Elysées gift tickets for the 2021-2022 season
  • For groups: bank check, bank transfer, money order
  • Cash only at the ticket office, up to a maximum of 1000 €.

E-ticket exchange

Can't make it? Resell your tickets on the OFFICIAL E-TICKET EXCHANGE of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Ticketing and Information section, available on September 1, 2021). Click on E-ticket Exchange.

Please note: the E-ticket Exchange is only open to electronic tickets purchased on the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées website for the 2021-2022 season

NB : Only full-price tickets, subscriptions and Sunday Morning Concerts can be sold. A ticket cannot be resold several times.
The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées does not guarantee that the ticket offered for sale will be resold.

 

Les réservations peuvent se faire (French)

    • en ligne : cliquez sur "La Saison"
    • par téléphone : 01 49 52 50 50
    • aux caisses : 15 Avenue Montaigne - 75008 Paris
      • du lundi au samedi de 12h à 19h (sauf 10 juin 2021 et jours fériés)
      • le dimanche, deux heures avant la représentation
      • La 6 e catégorie (places sans sans visibilité) est en vente uniquement aux caisses 1h avant le spectacle
    • et par correspondance : Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 15 Avenue Montaigne,  75008 Paris

Tarif des billets

Les tarifs sont allez élevés* mais varient suivant l'artiste ou les dates des spectacles. Cliquez sur  "Saison de cette année et l'année prochaine" pour obtenir noms des artistes, dates des concerts et prix.

  • Les E-billets non utilisés peuvent être revendus sous certaines conditions, à la "Bourse aux E-billets" : voir ci-dessous

Modes de règlements

  • Chèque libellé à l’ordre du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
  • Carte Bleue, Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard
  • Chèques Vacances / Chèques Culture du Groupe Up-chèque déjeuner
  • Billets-Cadeaux du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées de la saison 2021-2022
  • Pour les groupes : chèque bancaire, virement bancaire, mandat administratif
  • Espèces uniquement aux caisses, à hauteur de 1000 € maximum

Bourse aux E-billets

Vous avez un empêchement ? Revendez vos billets sur la BOURSE AUX E-BILLETS OFFICIELLE du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Rubrique Billetterie et Infos, disponible le 1er septembre 2021). Cliquez sur Bourse aux E-billet.

Attention : la Bourse aux e-billets est uniquement ouverte aux billets électroniques achetés sur le site du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées pour la saison 2021-2022

NB : Ne peuvent être remis à la vente que les e-billets au tarif plein et aux tarifs abonnements et Concerts du Dimanche Matin. Un billet ne peut pas être revendu plusieurs fois.
Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées ne garantit pas que le billet mis à la vente sera revendu.

Full description

The Champs-Elysées Theater is located at 15 Avenue Montaigne, in the 8th district of Paris, and was inaugurated on April 2, 1913. It is in the immediate vicinity of the Champs-Elysées.

The Champs-Elysées Theater and its unorthodox owner

As strange as it may seem, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a private theater, is since 1970 the property of the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (State bank mainly used to finance public investments). It is the owner of the building (15 avenue Montaigne, including the restaurant Maison Blanche, and the restaurant-cabaret Le Manko) and the main sponsor to keep the Theatre's finances afloat.

The building, built in 1913 in a sober and rigorous style, is considered one of the first representatives of the Art Deco style in architecture. Its architects are Auguste Perret, Antoine Bourdelle, Henry Van de Velde.

One theater but 3 auditoriums

The building actually houses three auditoriums: the Theatre des Champs-Elysées (1905 seats), the Comédie des Champs-Elysées (601 seats) and the Studio des Champs-Elysées (230 seats).

The interior decoration of the theater includes some works of Bourdelle (bronze and frescoes). Maurice Denis realized the decoration of the dome of (1910-1912): The Greek Orchestic, The Opera, The Symphony, The Lyric Drama, separated by tondi illustrating The Chorus, The Orchestra, The Sonata, and The Organ. The painters Édouard Vuillard, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Jacqueline Marval, and Raphaël Drouart also contributed to the decor.

  Anecdote: the Conseil d'Etat decided on December 16, 1994, that the 1,000 m2 elevation for the restaurant installed in the building shared with the theater should be subject to a building permit and not just a declaration of work. This was never done. This restaurant still does not exist administratively.

A high place of classical music

High place of classical music in Paris (with the Salle Pleyel, the Cité de la musique and the Salle Gaveau), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has hosted many foreign symphony orchestras. The Orchestre national de France is currently in residence there.

It was in this hall that two world premieres took place that caused a scandal: the first was the premiere of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky on May 29, 1913, conducted by Pierre Monteux, which caused a tremendous outcry. The spectators came to blows.
The second was the creation of the first real "mixed" musical work (a piece for musical instruments and electroacoustic devices): Déserts by Edgard Varèse on December 2, 1954, with Pierre Henry at the magnetic tape and Hermann Scherchen at the baton. The shock inspired by the interpolations provoked booing, laughter, and jeers. The resulting scandal was comparable to that of The Rite 41.5 years earlier.

Much later, on April 26, 2012, Kurt Masur was invited to conduct, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestre National de France of which he is Honorary Music Director, a program broadcast live on France Musique. Kurt Masur stumbled on the stage, even though it was protected by a safety railing, which caused him to fall back from the stage in front of the first row of spectators. He was transported by ambulance to the Georges-Pompidou hospital where the examinations were carried out resulting in minimal injuries.

Josephine Baker, La Revue Nègre and the Champs-Elysées Theater

Following financial problems in 1925, the large hall was transformed into a music hall and from October onwards programmed a new attraction: the Black Birds and the dancers of the Revue Nègre. Among them, a young black woman, naked, barely covered by a green-feather skirt, her short hair plastered on her head, caused a sensation. It is the dancer Josephine Baker. For some, this shamelessness is a scandal. The journalist Robert de Flers writes: "We are going back to the monkey faster than we came down." But Baker has his fans. Among them, the painter Pablo Picasso, who made her known throughout Europe. Born in St. Louis, Missouri to a white mother and a black father, Josephine Baker escaped her condition through dance.

The 2nd theater auditorium: the Comédie des Champs-Elysées

The theater was inaugurated on April 3, 1913 with the creation of L'Exilée by Henry Kistemaeckers, followed by Jean Bastia's revue, "En douce", with Mistinguett. In 1914, a revival of Paul Claudel's L'Annonce faite à Marie directed by Lu. This theater is since dedicated to the Comedies.

In July 1926, the theater hosted the first screening in France of the German film The Adventures of Prince Ahmed, by Lotte Reiniger, a pioneering work of animated cinema.

The Studio des Champs-Elysées: an experimental theater

In 1923, the director Jacques Hébertot decided to transform the Galerie Montaigne where exhibitions were organized (including the first one devoted to Modigliani and the first manifestations of Dadaism) into a performance hall dedicated to experimental theater. The Studio des Champs Elysées was entrusted to Louis Jouvet, the artistic direction to Kommisarjevski then Gaston Baty from March 28, 1924, to April 14, 1928.

Since 1966, the directors of the Comédie des Champs-Élysées have been Claude Sainval, Guy Descaux, Jacqueline Cormier, Michel Fagadau (assisted by Viviane Elbaz from 1997 to 2005) and Stéphanie Fagadau-Mercier.

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