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Publication details for Professor Jan ClarkeClarke, Jan. (1998). The Guénégaud Theatre in Paris (1673-1680). Volume One: Founding, Design and Production. Lewiston-Queenston-Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press.
- Publication type: Authored book
- ISSN/ISBN: 0-7734-8392-6
Author(s) from Durham
This is the first detailed study of the Hôtel Guénégaud, the first home of the Paris Opéra in 1670, and the first home of the Comédie Française ten years later. The account books remain in the Archives of the Comédie Française, 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 Guénégaud'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. Part one of a projected three-volume work.