Prominent figures in French theatre are vacating their posts amid tough public budget cuts that suggest the country's cultural scene is losing its once cherished status with central and local authorities.
A play about how French dramatist Edmond Rostand created the hugely popular tale Cyrano de Bergerac in 1897 has in turn become one of the most successful productions in France of modern times, performed since 2016 more than 1,000 times to a total audience of about 750,000.
All 1,000 tickets for the November 12th concert by the British singer at the Bataclan, which reopens this Saturday for the first time since 90 people died when jihadist gunmen stormed a concert there last November, sold out within 30 minutes.
Critics of the 6-million-euro wooden-exterior theatre near Calais have argued that the structure is a waste of public money.
The actor will appear in a production of 'Love Letters' by A. R. Gurney at the Antoine Theatre in Paris, his first stage appearance in a decade.
Around 15 others were injured, one seriously, after an explosion during rehearsals for a musical show that uses pyrotechnics.