The Comédie-Française Registers Project

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.


Databases, Revenues, & Repertory: a new publication from the MIT Press

This work is an innovative collection of original essays that explore an important initiative in the digital humanities, the Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP). Databases, Revenues, & Repertory takes advantage of this unique online archive to explore programming and pricing decisions made by the royal troupe in Paris during the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, while assessing the research possibilities created by digital methodologies in humanities scholarship and theater history.

Edited by Sylvaine Guyot & Jeff Ravel
In memory of Christian Biet (1952-2020)

The Comédie Française Registers - and by extension, our project - now have a Wikipedia page! A big thank you to team member Charline Granger for creating this excellent resource.

Our project is currently expanding into the 19th century (RCF19), with an initial database presently in the works. Team member Florence Filippi has begun to explore this emerging corpus with her exhibition on the Troupe’s first tours through Normandy between 1800 and 1850.

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In February of 2020, students from Paris Nanterre, Paris 3 and Paris 8 (ArTeC) participated in a research workshop led by C. Biet and S. Harvey, in collaboration with L. Gendre, J. Herbulot C. Herdouin and A. Sollazzo. An emancipatory experience.

Check it out !!! The UVic based research team is pleased to announce that the casting registers database is now complete, and that a new visualisation tool has been created to help you explore this new dataset which complements, enriches, and shines a new light on the existing receipts data.