Alain
Pralon

Sociétaire honoraire

After training at the Rue Blanche School and at the Conservatoire national d'art dramatique (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts) of Paris, Alain Pralon joined the Comédie-Française on September 1, 1965. Appointed as a sociétaire on January 1, 1972, he was named a sociétaire honoraire on January 1, 2006.

Clever, a prankster and a joker, he had the required humor profile and the dose of humanity needed to embody the characters of valets in a number of famous plays. Hence, he successfully performed the roles of La Flèche, Covielle, Mascarille, Sganarelle, Pasquin, Frontin, Dandin, and Brighella, etc. Even though his performances were brilliant in this field, his sensibility, his eloquence and his panache blossomed through more nuanced characters, such as Demetrius in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Philinte in Molière’s The Misanthrope, Cyrano in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac as well as Figaro in Beaumarchais’s The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro.

Equally comfortable in both the classic and contemporary repertoire, he has appeared in plays by Vitrac, Stoppard, Mirbeau, Ibsen, Chekhov, Billetdoux, Calaferte, Artaud or Becque. Alain Pralon has played the role of Chrysale in Molière's Les Femmes savantes staged by Simon Eine in 1998 and of Ossipin Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector (The Revizor) put on stage by Jean-Louis Benoît in 1999. The success of Molière’sThe Imaginary Invalid staged by Claude Stratz was partly due to his interpretation of the main role Argan. Among other plays he has appeared in, one can name Karl Georg Büchner’s Lenz, Leonce and Lena under the direction of Langhoff in 2002, Adam de la Halle’s The Play of Adam put on stage by Jacques Rebotier in 2003, Fabrice Melquiot’s Bouli redéboule directed by Philippe Lagrue in 2005. Under the direction of Jacques Lassalle, he played in Chekhov’s Platonov or Fatherlessness in2005 as well as in Carlo Goldoni’s Il Campiello (The Little Square) in 2006. He reunited with Claude Stratz in 2005 for her staging of Pirandello’s Les Grelots du fouCaps and Bells. A great reciter, he chose to read, without any set design or any kind of accessory, words by Jules Renard (2000), Jonathan Swift (2002), Kateb Yacine (2003), Guy de Maupassant (2004), and Victor Hugo (2002).

He staged Élisabeth Janvier’s Embarquement immédiat, Raymond Jean’s La Rencontre de Vincennes / Sade et Mirabeau in 2000 and Ah, vous voilà Dumas !, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ dramatic memories in 2003. Furthermore, he played under the direction of Laurent Pelly in Carlo Goldoni’s The Liar (Le Menteur) during the 2008/2009 season, of Dan Jemmett in Dorine Hollier’s Le Donneur de bain in 2010.

On the big screen, he appeared in Roger Coggio’s movie C'est encore loin l’Amérique ? (1980), in Pascale Ferran’s Coming to Terms with The Dead (Petits arrangements avec les morts) in 1994, as well as in Jean Douchet’s La Serva Amorosa (The Loving Maid, 1994). At the same time, Alain Pralon is currently working as the coordinator of the Comédie-Française for the recording of the plays for France Culture radio station.

At the Comédie-Française

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Argan

    Richelieu

  • Il Campiello

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Fabrizio, oncle de Gasparina

    Richelieu

2005-2006

2004-2005

2003-2004

  • Le Conte d'hiver

    The Winter Tale by William Shakespeare Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Léontès

    Studio

  • Le Jeu d'Adam

    by Adam de la Halle Directed by Jacques Rebotier

    Maître Henri, le Père du Dervé, Raoul Le Waidier

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Argan

    Richelieu

2002-2003

2001-2002

2000-2001

1999-2000

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Chrysale (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Va donc chez Törpe

    by François Billetdoux Directed by Georges Werler

    Inspector Karl Töpfer

    Vx-Colombier

  • L'Incorruptible

    by Hugo von Hofmannsthal Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Théodore

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Cerisaie

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Simeonov-Pichtchik (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Ossip (en alternance)

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Amants et vieux ménage

    by Octave Mirbeau Directed by Jean Bouchaud

    l'Amant et le Mari

    Studio

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Ossip

    Richelieu

  • Point à la ligne

    by Véronique Olmi Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Marco

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Cerisaie

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Simeonov-Pichtchik (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Chrysale (alternating)

    Richelieu

1997-1998

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Chrysale (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Cerisaie

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Simeonov-Pichtchik (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Arcadia

    by Tom Stoppard Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Richard Noakes

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Tête dans les nuages

    by Marc Delaruelle Directed by Jean Bouchaud

    Pater

    Vx-Colombier

  • Un mois à la campagne

    by Ivan Tourgueniev Directed by Andreï Smirnoff

    Ignace Ilitch Chpiguelski

    Richelieu

1996-1997

  • Un mois à la campagne

    by Ivan Tourgueniev Directed by Andreï Smirnoff

    Ignace Ilitch Chpiguelski

    Richelieu

  • Clitandre

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    The Jailer

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Philinte

    Richelieu

1995-1996

  • Les Derniers devoirs

    by Louis Calaferte Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Henri

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Philinte (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Pochet

    Richelieu

1994-1995

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Pochet

    Richelieu

  • Maman revient, pauvre orphelin

    by Jean-Claude Grumberg Directed by Philippe Adrien

    un Présentateur ; l'Homme ; le Père ; l'Anesthésiste 1 ; le Présentateur

    Vx-Colombier

1993-1994

  • La Fausse suivante

    The False Servant by Marivaux Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Trivelin (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Serva amorosa

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Brighella

    Richelieu

  • Le Canard sauvage

    by Henrik Ibsen Directed by Alain Françon

    le Vieil Ekdal

    Richelieu

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Justin

    Richelieu

  • Le Prix Martin

    by Eugène Labiche Directed by Jiri Menzel

    Agénor Montgommier

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • La Fausse suivante

    The False Servant by Marivaux Directed Jacques Lassalle

    Trivelin

    Richelieu

  • Le Prix Martin

    by Eugène Labiche Directed by Jiri Menzel

    Agénor Montgommier

    Richelieu

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Justin

    Richelieu

  • Le Roi s'amuse

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Saltabadil

    Richelieu

  • La Serva amorosa

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Brighella

    Richelieu

  • George Dandin

    by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    George Dandin

    Richelieu

1991-1992

1990-1991

  • La Tragédie du Roi Christophe

    The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aimé Césaire Directed by Idrissa Ouédraogo

    Pétion

    Richelieu

  • La Fausse suivante

    The False Servant by Marivaux Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Trivelin

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage de Figaro

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Bartholo

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Philinte

    Richelieu

  • Le Café

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Louis Jacopin

    Ridolfo

    Richelieu

1989-1990

1988-1989

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Flèche

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage de Figaro

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Bartholo

    Richelieu

1987-1988

1986-1987

1985-1986

1984-1985

  • L'Oncle Vania

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Félix Prader

    Astrov

    Odéon

1983-1984

  • Le Suicidé

    by Nicolaï Erdman Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Simon Podsékalnokov

    Odéon

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Doudakov

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Flèche

    Richelieu

  • Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir

    by Roger Vitrac Directed by Jean Bouchaud

    Charles Paumelle

    Odéon

1982-1983

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Doudakov

    Richelieu

  • Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir

    by Roger Vitrac Directed by Jean Bouchaud

    Charles Paumelle

    Odéon

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Flèche

    Richelieu

1981-1982

1980-1981

1979-1980

  • Ruy Blas

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Jacques Destoop

    Don César de Bazan

    Richelieu

  • La Mouette

    The Seagull by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Otomar Krejca

    Medviedenko

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    La Flèche

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Du Bois

    Richelieu

  • L'Œuf

    by Félicien Marceau Directed by Jacques Rosny

    Dugommier

    Richelieu

  • Les Fausses Confidences

    The False Confidences by Marivaux Directed by Michel Etcheverry

    Dubois

    Richelieu

  • La Puce à l'oreille

    A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet

    Romain Tournel

    Richelieu

1978-1979

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Du Bois

    Richelieu

  • Ruy Blas

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Jacques Destoop

    Don César de Bazan

    Richelieu

  • Les Fourberies de Scapin

    Scapin The Schemer by Molière Directed by Jacques Echantillon

    Scapin

    Richelieu

  • La Puce à l'oreille

    A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet

    Romain Tournel

    Richelieu

1977-1978

1976-1977

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