When we asked Tuesday for The main Stage , Jean-Luc Choplin, the new issue of the service culture of Figaro (available in video and in podcast), the director of the théâtre Marigny, still thought that it could be open this Saturday, December 8. And the two Saturdays past were no more than bad memories. The theatre, however, has had to announce that it would be closing its doors. As the majority of the halls, museums and monuments of the capital, from the Louvre to the Eiffel tower.

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“We are very sad because we have invested a lot (…) emotionally to finish the theatre in time”

Jean-Luc Choplin, director, théâtre Marigny

“I thought I was in a small wood, the safest in the world, near the Elysée palace”, is still managing to have fun, Jean-Luc Choplin. Located at the foot of the Champs-Elysées, Marigny found himself surrounded by hordes of protesters Saturday 24 November and 1 December, forcing the theatre to cancel performances of the Skin of an Ass, the adaptation stage of the film of Jacques Demy.

“We are very sad because we have a lot invested, not just financially, mostly emotionally, to finish the theatre in time,” now Jean-Luc Choplin after these two Saturdays black. “We are required to put in brackets our dream”, déchante-t-it.

After five long years of absence, the Marigny opened its doors there just three weeks, on 14 November, with Jean-Luc Choplin to his head. Acclaimed by critics, the musical comedy the Skin of an Ass is in full swing in the theatre, brand-new every night of the week. And, initially, two times each Saturday and Sunday.

Financially, the reports dates and the rebates offered are not without consequences. A private day of performances, costs a whopping… € 100,000 to the institution. “We are already at 300,000 euros,” it said, with a bitter, Jean-Luc Choplin in The new yorker Friday, 7 December.

“We will do everything to play”

“”The show must go on, the show must always continue. We will do everything to play.” Jean-Luc Choplin, who revived the théâtre du Chatêlet in the mid-2000s, does not seem to lower the arm.

“But it is also necessary that the staff, artists and the public can come in safely. On the first Saturday of the windows have been broken at the back of the theatre”, storm the director, who quickly alerted the police prefecture.

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Just in front, at the Théâtre du Rond-Point, which will be tomorrow on the third Saturday of closing also will be remembered for a long time yet the onslaught of violence of November 24. “Some of our employees have been sprayed with tear gas”, confided one then.

While the yellow vests have announced, very theatrical, an “act IV” of the events in Paris, the Skin of an Ass does not sing, she, no Cake love this Saturday, December 8. Neither Frédéric Mitterrand, who was in good Evening! his recollections on the scene at the Studio, the small room in the Marigny.