The imperial court theatre at Fontainebleau
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The imperial court theatre at Fontainebleau

the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan theatre

chez M. Hayot

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translated by Sharon Kerman

Présentation en anglais

From the Valois to the « series » of the Second Empire, theatrical performances were - along with hunting - among the favourite entertainments offered during court visits to Fontainebleau. In 1725, the palace was the first of the princely residences to be provided with a special performance hall. Restored during the First Empire and again during the July monarchy, it welcomed the stars of the time, who were called to perform for the guests of the Emperor and the King of the French. When at last it was deemed outmoded and impractical, it was carefully dismantled so that its machinery might be used in the new theatre Napoléon III had Hector Lefuel construct in the southern wing of the cour d'honneur. Work on the imperial theatre began in 1854 and was entirely finished by the following year. With a large selection of stage scenery allowing the staging of a varied repertoire, the theatre was nevertheless only used for approximately ten performances, from its inauguration in 1857 to the last imperial visit to Fontainebleau in 1868. Neglected and forgotten, it briefly found a semblance of life during the German occupation in 1940-1945, then sank back into oblivion, the relic of a defunct empire. Today its restoration, begun in 2007, allows us to rediscover the history, authenticity, and cultural treasures of the last French court theatre.
L'histoire de la salle de spectacle du château de Fontainebleau, depuis sa conception en 1725 jusqu'à sa restauration en 2007, grâce au mécénat de l'émir d'Abu Dhabi dont il porte désormais le nom, en passant par son démontage dirigé par Napoléon III et les années d'oubli seulement troublées par l'Occupation entre 1940 et 1945. ©Electre 2019
Format : Relié
Nb de pages : 287 pages
Poids : 1870 g
Dimensions : 25cm X 30cm
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EAN : 9791096561179