This is the first detailed study of the Hotel Guenegaud, the first home of the Paris Opera in 1670, and the first home of the Comedie Francaise ten years later. The account books remain in the Archives of the Comedie Francaise, providing the source for a highly detailed account of the administrative structures and day-to-day running of the theatre. Moreover, a study of the records of ticket sales makes possible not only an analysis of the tastes and composition of the Guenegaud's audience, but also an attempted reconstruction of the theatre auditorium. This book will be helpful for academics in the fields of drama and theatre studies. All quotations from French sources are given in translation.
Dr. Clarke received her Ph.D. from Warwick University. She is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of French at the University of Durham. She is the author of Circe, edition critique (Corneille) (Exeter University Press) and co-author of French Theatre in the Neo-Classical Era, 1550-1789 (Cambridge University Press), as well as many articles and reviews.
List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Notes to the Reader; General Introduction; Part One: Thomas Corneille; The Early Years; Moliere and After; De Vise and the Guenegaud; Part Two: Circe; Machine Plays on the Paris Stage (1648-1674); Composition and Confrontation; Preparation; Performance, Reception, and Repercussions; Part Three: A General Search for Spectacle; The Italian; More Unusual Attempts; Academies of Music; Part Four: The Demise of the Machine Play; L'inconnu; Le Triomphe des Dames; La Devineresse; The Final Year; General Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.