Théâtre Louvois

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Facade elevation of the theatre in 1821

The Théâtre Louvois or Salle Louvois was a theatre located at what is today 8 rue de Louvois in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Inaugurated in 1791 and closed in 1825, it was used by the Théâtre-Italien from 20 March 1819 to 8 November 1825.[1] Gioachino Rossini became Director of Music on 1 December 1824.[2]

History[edit]

  • 1791 : building by Francescal on plans by Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart; inauguration on 16 August; known as the Théâtre de Louvois or Théâtre de la rue de Louvois, under the direction of Michel-André Delomel[3]
  • 1794–1796 : known as the Théâtre des Amis de la Patrie[4]
  • 1796 : direction Mlle Raucourt, as the Théâtre Français de la rue de Louvois'[3]
  • 1798 : direction César Ribié, as the Théâtre d'Émulation[3]
  • 1799 : used by the players of the Théâtre de l'Odéon under the direction Louis-Benoît Picard[5]
  • 1799–1801 : known as the Théâtre des Troubadours[6]
  • 1801–1808 : used again by the players of the Théâtre de l'Odéon under Picard, then Alexandre Duval[7]
  • 1804 : becomes known as the Théâtre de l'Impératrice until June 1808, when the players return to the new Odéon, taking the name with them[8]
  • 1807 : acquired in December by the state for use by the Paris Opéra as rehearsal space and for concerts, including some by the Concerts Spirituels[9]
  • 1808 : closing by order of Napoléon ; it then serves as storage room for the Opéra, at that time performing in the Théâtre des Arts located just across the rue de Louvois from the Salle Louvois; communication between the two buildings was via an iron bridge over the rue Louvois
  • 1811–1812 : annex constructed for the storage of scenery[10]
  • 1819–1825 : primary venue of the Théâtre-Italien[11]
  • 1820 : after the closing of the Salle Favart, the theatre was used for two performances[12] as an opera house by the Opéra, while the company was awaiting the completion of the Salle Le Peletier[13]
  • 1825 : closing of the theatre
  • 1827 : order issued to remove all stored scenery for the sale of the theatre[14]
  • 1899 : demolition[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wild 1989, pp. 197, 232.
  2. ^ Wild 1989, p. 204.
  3. ^ a b c Wild 1989, p. 230.
  4. ^ Wild 1989, pp. 39, 230.
  5. ^ 20 March to 12 April 1799 (Wild 1989, p. 287).
  6. ^ 1 August 1799 – 20 April 1801 (Wild 1989, pp. 230, 403–404).
  7. ^ 5 May 1801 – 12 June 1808 (Wild 1989, pp. 230, 287).
  8. ^ Wild 1989, p. 193.
  9. ^ Wild 1989, p. 232.
  10. ^ Wild 1989, p. 232.
  11. ^ Johnson 1992; Wild 1989, p. 232.
  12. ^ De Lasalle, (p. 234).
  13. ^ Wild 1989, p. 299.
  14. ^ Nicole Wild cites Archives nataionales, O3 1620; also a letter of 13 December 1827 from La Ferté to La Rochefoucauld states that the theatre will be sold for demolition (Wild 1989, p. 232).

Bibliography[edit]

Coordinates: 48°52′06″N 2°20′14″E / 48.868361°N 2.337218°E / 48.868361; 2.337218