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Theater in Versailles took off under the reign of the ill-fated Louis XVI, who would be guillotined only a little over a decade after the creation of the Theatre Montansier. Montansier had quickly become the central stage in the country, putting on the nations’ most popular performances for the Parisians who could afford it. Restored and reopened in the nineties of the last century, its productions have included the likes of Moliere and other great historical French playwrights.
Another theatrical venue worth checking while staying in Versailles would be the Theatre de l’Octroi, a stage which provides a diversity of drama to the former capital.
350 years ago, town music was confined largely to the Chateau’s chapel and royal chambers and conducted under the supervision of such classical founders as Lully and Lalande. A hundred years later, Marie Antoinette would help launch the careers of Gluck and Salieri while confined within
Versailles’ four thousand walls. Great musicians who have performed at Versailles since include everyone from Amadeus Mozart to Pink Floyd.
As of 2006, Versailles’s Conservatoire National de Region staffs some of the world’s leading classical greats like Silvio Gualda and Paul Mefano.
Residing within the Hotel des Menus Plaisirs, the Center for Baroque Music works to promote the genre through education and performance.
Finally, the town of Versailles is a common stage for popular French historical films, a cinematic facet to the city that fills out its very vibrant performing arts scene.