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The Célestins Theater is one of the oldest theaters in France. Only the Comédie Française and the Odeon have been longer active. The Celestins theater was founded in 1792, exclusively dedicated to dramas and popular comedies. Some of the most famous plays by Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas where performed here.

The theater underwent a serious crisis at the end of the 19th century, but it recovered with Moncharmont's direction, who was in charge of the theater for more than three decades. Since then, this theater has become one of the most famous in France. Currently the theater is more popular than ever, and new and classical works are performed regularly.

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