The Comédie-Française Registers Project
From 1680 until 1791, only one theater troupe in Paris was allowed to perform the plays of Molière, Corneille, Racine, Voltaire, Beaumarchais, and every other French-language playwright. This troupe, the Comédie-Française, played the works of these authors over 34,000 times in this period. Remarkably, the troupe kept detailed records of their box office receipts for every single one of those performances. These daily receipt registers, as well as the data they contain, are now available online via the Comédie-Française Registers Project.
A New Visualization: In the course of Dr. Margret-Anne Storey's class on data visualization, UVic students Jack Belford, Thaddaeus Melaku, Ryan Samarajeewa, and Anna Sollazzo created an exploratory tool using the CFRP data.
PHASE II: We are thrilled to announce that phase two of the Comédie-Française Registers Project has begun! The work currently being undertaken is made possible by two new grants, one from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (Archives, technologie et savoirs autour de la Comédie-Française, partnership development 2018-2021, principal investigator: Sara Harvey, University of Victoria) and the other from France’s Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) (Registres de la Comédie-Française, 2019-2022, principal investigator : Christian Biet, Paris Nanterre). This second stage of the project will be dedicated to the creation of two new databases: expenses (1680-1760, ANR) and casting (1765-1793, SSHRC), both of which build on the data collected from the receipt registers (1680-1793). In addition, this new funding will also support the creation of an annotated collection theatre critiques pulled from literary media publications (1710-1760), broadening the scope of the project beyond the records kept by the theatres themselves.