Established by Louis XVI in 1680, this legendary theater is the temple of classic French theater (Corneille, Racine, Molière), though in recent decades the troupe has branched out into more modern territory. In addition to the gorgeous just-restored main theater (Salle Richelieu), the company presents its offerings in its two other theaters: the medium-size Théâtre du Vieux Colombier (21 rue du Vieux Colombier, 6th arrond.; [tel] 01-44-39-87-00; Métro: St-Sulpice or Sèvres–Babylone) and the smaller Studio-Théâtre (Galerie du Carrousel du Louvre, under the Pyramid, 99 rue de Rivoli, 1st arrond.; [tel] 01-44-58-98-58; Métro: Palais Royal–Musée du Louvre).
- Margie Rynn