Théâtre des Funambules

Definition

Theater

  • A theater on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris built in 1816on the site of a former booth used by acrobats. Funambulusis the Latin word for a rope-walker and the first productions at thepermanent theater were mostly circus acts or harlequinades. From 1816the pantomimist Jean-Gaspard Deburau (see Baptiste)appeared there as Harlequin with the young Frédérick.Thereafter the theater became known for its pantomimes, which were unrivalledfor their elaborate technical effects. Deburau went on to replacethe character of Harlequin with his own version of Pierrot,which remained the star attraction until his death in 1846. The venuewas demolished during the rebuilding of Paris in 1862.
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