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Edmond de Michalik at the Palais Royal theater Paris 1st

Edmond Alexis Michalik
Edmond Alexis Michalik

Desires: contemporary theater, literary inspiration, audacity, masterpiece

Location: Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris 1st

Start date: August 17, 2023

End date: June 15, 2024

Duration: 2 hours

Paris, December 1897 – A captivating scene unfolds in the effervescent fabric of the bustling artistic world of the Belle Époque. Edmond Rostand, barely thirty years old but already the father of two children, finds himself facing a formidable challenge: a pen that has been desperately silent for two years. It is with palpable anxiety that he makes a bold decision: to offer the great Constant Coquelin, a theatrical icon of his time, a new play, a heroic comedy in verse, for the festivities to come. One detail, however, gives rise to concern: this piece, brilliant in idea, does not yet exist on paper...

The author and director, honored with five precious Molières, tells us with passion behind the scenes of the triumphant and legendary premiere of "Cyrano de Bergerac". This play, having crossed the threshold of its thousandth performance, was crowned five times during the 2017 Molières edition. The work, acclaimed and celebrated, was subsequently adapted into a comic strip in 2018, then brought to the screen in early 2019, thus perpetuating its artistic sustainability through different forms of expression. A vibrant chapter in the history of theater that continues to resonate through time.


The play was praised for its liveliness, its humor, and its homage to the world of theater.


Our opinion: The plot unfolds in a whirlwind of chaotic creation, highlighting the challenges, doubts and moments of genius that surround the creation of a major theatrical work.< /p>

The particularity of "Edmond" lies in its light and comic tone, with elements of farce and comedy. Alexis Michalik uses a dynamic and playful narrative structure, skillfully mixing the story of the creation of the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" with elements of fiction and comedy.

"Edmond" stands out for its narrative originality, its comic treatment, and its ability to capture the essence of the artistic creative process, while paying homage to one of the classics of French theater.



A step aside: who is Michalik?

Alexis Michalik, a perennial feather in the firmament of contemporary French theater, emerges as a skillful storyteller, a distinguished director and a daring playwright. Born in 1982, he quickly established himself as an essential figure on the French artistic scene.

Michalik's brilliance lies in his ability to weave the story of the creation of "Cyrano de Bergerac" with threads of fiction and comedy, while capturing the essence of the era and the creative soul. The play, hailed by critics and the public, was awarded five Molières in 2017, attesting to the narrative genius of its creator.

Beyond "Edmond", Michalik also distinguished himself as a filmmaker with the eponymous adaptation of his play. His sharp pen explores the complexity of human relationships and the luminous brilliance of creative moments, leaving an indelible mark on the French theatrical and cinematic landscape. In summary, Alexis Michalik, a distinguished storyteller, shapes stories that transcend time, thus revealing the timeless brilliance of theatrical art.



Desires: contemporary theater, literary inspiration, audacity, masterpiece

Location: Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris 1st

Start date: August 17, 2023

End date: June 15, 2024

Duration: 2 hours


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