The Revolution of the Comédie-Française
It was not until 1799 that the Comédie-Française definitively moved to the rue de Richelieu after a tumultuous journey! In 1791, the troupe still performed in the Théâtre de l’Odéon. However, the Revolution caused division among everyone: due to political discord with their colleagues, the Republican actors moved to the Palais-Royal. Still loyal to the monarchy, the others first stayed put, but were soon arrested. On the rue de Richelieu, then called the rue de la Loi, the brand new theater changed its name: it was now called the French Theater of the Republic. After an overall reconciliation, the reunited troupe finally took the name Comédie-Française in 1799 as well as the specificity that has distinguished it since the 17th century: its members are paid by the State.