The Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux, a spectacular and prestigious monument

The Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux is a historical masterpiece located on the Place de la Comédie. Built in 1780, it is a beautiful example of neo-classical style in Bordeaux. Thanks to the architectural work accomplished by the artistic geniuses of the time, it is one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. During a guided tour or during a performance, you can admire the beauty of this important landmark of Bordeaux.


The history of the Grand Théâtre

The construction of the Grand Théâtre was decided by Louis Armand du Plessis, Marshal-Duke of Richelieu. The latter entrusted the works to the talented Parisian architect Victor Louis in 1773. It took seven years to complete this architectural marvel.

It was in April 1780 that the Grand Théâtre was inaugurated with the performance of Athalie, a tragedy by Racine. The theatre continued to welcome famous artists and works to delight the audience of Bordeaux.

This monument is so spectacular that it inspired the architect Charles Garnier to construct the Paris Opera along a similar design.


An architectural marvel

Seen from the outside, the theatre is a sumptuous monument. Its appearance makes one think of a sacred temple with its 12 Corinthian columns that form the facade. Each column is topped by a stone statue representing 3 goddesses and 9 muses of Greek antiquity. At night, the statues are tastefully illuminated.

When one enters the Grand Théâtre, one arrives first in a foyer where the grand staircase rises that gives access to the theatre. The elegant staircase splits into two ramps on each side which lead to the theatre boxes.

Finally, the heart of the building, the majestic performance hall can accommodate exactly  1,114 audience members. This auditorium has been renovated back to its original royal colours blue, gold and white. Looking up, one admires the fresco painted by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Robin, which forms the cupola. Suspended from it is an imposing chandelier weighing more than a ton, illuminating the audience with its 400 lights.


The Grand Théâtre nowadays

The Grand Théâtre opens its doors to the public also between its performances. Guided tours are scheduled to visit the backstage and the history of this symbolic place of Bordeaux.

The Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux both perform operas, ballets, symphonic concerts and more throughout the year. The Grand Théâtre can truly be proud of it varied and rich repertoire.

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Practical Information


Le Grand Théâtre – Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux

Phone + 33 (0)5 56 00 85 95

Opening Hours:

Box Office Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 13:00-18:30

Visiting Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays (except holidays) 14:30-18:30

Average visit duration: 2 hours


Guided Tour starting at 6 €

Performances and Events: Ticket prices vary

Accessibility :

Visits and performances at the Grand Théâtre are accessible for people with limited mobility and for those who are visually impaired.


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