Restoration of drama at French chateau

The Imperial Theatre restored to former glory

The Connexion reports on the recently completed restoration of Napoléon III’s Imperial Theatre in Fontainebleau

The Imperial Theatre at the Château of Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne) has re-opened after a €10million restoration project lasting over a decade and the Head Curator, Vincent Cochet, says the results are stunning.

“The 400-seat theatre was built very fast, between 1853-1856 by Napoléon III in order to provide amusement for the Court and was the most luxurious, the most sumptuous ever constructed. There were chairs instead of benches, for example, and no expense was spared.”

The upholstery was silk, the carpets were floral, and the theatre ...

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