Catherine
Hiegel

Sociétaire honoraire

Catherine Hiegel was appointed as a pensionnaire at the Comédie-Française on February 1, 1969 and became its 458th sociétaire on January 1, 1976.

After training with Raymond Girard and Jacques Charon, she enrolled at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts) of Paris in 1968, and sharpened her acting skills in the classes of Jean Marchat and Lise Delamare.

During the 2007/2008 season, she participated in Une confrérie de farceurs, directed by Jean-Louis Hourdin and François Chattot, and performed the role of Magdelon in The Precious Ridiculous (Les Précieuses ridicules) staged by Dan Jemmet. In 2007, she played Toinette in Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid directed by Claude Stratz, Dona Pasqua in Goldoni’s Il campiello (The Little Square) under the direction of Jacques Lassalle, and Marthe in Koltès’s Le Retour au désert (Return to the Desert) staged by Muriel Mayette-Holtz.

Throughout her career at the Comédie-Française, she performed key roles from both the classical and contemporary repertoire, going on a full exploration of the whole gamut of the condition of women, notably by playing Molière’s heroines, such as Angélique in George Dandin or Confused Husband and Martine in Le Médecin malgré lui (The Doctor in spite of Himself), and Goldoni’s heroines, such as Brigida in The Villeggiatura Trilogy, Mirandoline in La Locandiera (The Mistress of the Inn), and Coraline in La Serva amorosa (The Loving Maid). Moreover, she played the roles of Varvara in Gorky’s Summerfolk, Leonore d’Este in Goethe’s Torquato Tasso, Laura in Strindberg’s Father, Solange in Genet’s The Maids (Les Bonnes), as well as Mother Courage in Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children.
During the first decade of 2000, she has notably played the roles of Tita Bordereau in Henry James’s The Aspern Papers, of The Woman in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, of la jeune femme (The young woman) in Marguerite Duras’s Savannah Bay, of Carlotta in Lars Norén’s And Give Us the shadows (Embrasser les ombres), of Dorine in Molière’s Tartuffe, and of the woman with a tress in Philippe Minyana’s La Maison des morts.
Inside and outside the Comédie-Française, she has worked under the direction of Jacques Lassalle, Jorge Lavelli, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Giorgio Strehler, Bruno Bayen, Dario Fo, Patrice Kerbrat, Philippe Adrien, Joël Jouanneau, Patrice Chéreau, Éric Vigner, Marcel Bozonnet, Robert Cantarella and Marcella Salivarova, etc.

In the realm of the Comédie-Française, she staged Molière’s L'Avare(The Miser) with Serge Bagdassarian, Les Femmes savantes and George Dandin, or Confused Husband, Ewa Poka’s La Demoiselle de la poste, and Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.

Outside the Comédie-Française, she performed in Jean Luc Lagarce’s J'étais dans ma maison et j'attendais que la pluie vienne (I Was in the House, Waiting for the Rain) directed by Joël Jouanneau. She starred in numerous other plays such as Koltès’s Quay West (Quai Ouest) under the direction of Patrice Chéreau, Copi’s An Untimely Visit (Une visite inopportune), Lars Norén’s The Last Supper (La Veillée), Berkoff’s Greek, Serge Kribus’s Arloc or Werner Scwab’s First Ladies (Les Présidentes).

In the movies, she has performed in Thomas Gilou’s Michou d’Auber, in Gérad Krawczyk’s It’s Our Life (La Vie est à nous), and in Bertrand Blier’s Les Côtelettes. Among the directors she has collaborated with, we can name Etienne Chatilliez, Josiane Balasko, Dominique Cabrera and Jean-Jacques Zilbermann. On TV, she has appeared in Jean-Louis Benoît’s movie Le Bal and in Cravenne’s L’Homme qui a perdu son ombre.

She got several nominations for the Molière Awards, notably in 2007 as Best Supporting Actress for the role of Marthe in Return to the desert (Le Retour au désert). In 2005, she was awarded with the Critic’s Choice Prize as Best actress for her role in I Was in the House, Waiting for the Rain (J'étais dans ma maison et j'attendais que la pluie vienne).

Catherine Hiegel left the Troupe on December 31 2009.

At the Comédie-Française

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

  • Bonheur ?

    by Emmanuel Darley Directed by Andrés Lima

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Précieuses ridicules

    The Affected Young Ladies by Molière Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Madelon

    Vx-Colombier

  • Une confrérie de farceurs

    by Bernard Faivre Directed by François Chattot and Jean-Louis Hourdin

    La Commère, La Mère

    Vx-Colombier

2006-2007

  • Le Retour au désert

    Return to the desert by Bernard-Marie Koltès Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Marthe, soeur de Marie, seconde femme d'Adrien

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Toinette (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Il Campiello

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Donna Pasqua la Finaude, vieille femme

    Richelieu

2005-2006

  • La Maison des morts

    by Philippe Minyana Directed by Robert Cantarella

    la Femme à la natte

    Vx-Colombier

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Marcel Bozonnet

    Dorine (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2004-2005

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Marcel Bozonnet

    Dorine

    Richelieu

  • Embrasser les ombres

    by Lars Norén Directed by Joël Jouanneau

    Carlotta

    Vx-Colombier

2003-2004

  • Les Papiers d'Aspern

    by Jean Pavans Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Tita Bordereau

    Vx-Colombier

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    La Fontaine (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Homebody / Kabul

    by Tony Kushner Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    The Woman

    Vx-Colombier

2002-2003

  • Les Papiers d'Aspern

    by Jean Pavans Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Tita Bordereau

    Vx-Colombier

  • Savannah Bay

    by Marguerite Duras Directed by Éric Vigner

    The Young Lady

    Richelieu

2000-2001

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Toinette

    Richelieu

  • Les Bonnes

    The Maids by Jean Genet Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Solange

    Richelieu

1999-2000

1998-1999

1997-1998

  • Le Petit Maroc

    by Daniel Besnehard Directed by Georges Werler

    Florence

    Studio

  • Les Bonnes

    The Maids by Jean Genet Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Solange

    Vx-Colombier

1996-1997

  • Les Reines

    by Normand Chaurette Directed by Joël Jouanneau

    la Reine Marguerite, ex-reine d'Angleterre

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Bonnes

    The Maids by Jean Genet Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Solange

    Vx-Colombier

1995-1996

  • Les Bonnes

    The Maids by Jean Genet Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Solange

    Vx-Colombier

1994-1995

1993-1994

  • La Serva amorosa

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Coraline

    Richelieu

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Virginie

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Virginie (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • La Serva amorosa

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Coraline

    Richelieu

1991-1992

  • Père

    The Father by August Strindberg Directed by Patrice Kerbrat

    Laura

    Richelieu

  • Le Médecin malgré lui

    by Molière Directed by Dario Fo

    Martine

    Richelieu

1990-1991

  • Père

    The Father by August Strindberg Directed by Patrice Kerbrat

    Laura

    Richelieu

  • Le Médecin malgré lui

    by Molière Directed by Dario Fo

    Martine

    Richelieu

1989-1990

1988-1989

1985-1986

  • Quai Ouest

    by Bernard-Marie Koltès Directed by Patrice Chereau

    Odéon

  • L'Imprésario de Smyrne

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Annina

    Richelieu

  • Rue de la Folie Courteline

    by Georges Courteline Directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

    Antoinette, Caroline, Employée du journal, Madame Boulingrin

    Richelieu

1984-1985

1983-1984

  • Rue de la Folie Courteline

    by Georges Courteline Directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser

    Antoinette, Marthe, Caroline, Elle, Vierge

    Richelieu

  • Sarcasme

    by Yves Laplace Directed by Hervé Loichemol

    F

    Odéon

  • Intermezzo

    by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Jacques Sereys

    Isabelle

    Richelieu

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Varvara

    Richelieu

  • La Colonie

    by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    A Woman

    Richelieu

1982-1983

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Varvara

    Richelieu

  • La Colonie

    by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    A Woman

    Richelieu

  • Intermezzo

    by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Jacques Sereys

    Isabelle

    Richelieu

  • Les Corbeaux

    by Henry Becque Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Judith

    Richelieu

1981-1982

  • Les Corbeaux

    by Henry Becque Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Judith

    Richelieu

  • La Dame de chez Maxim

    The Girl from Maxim’s by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Madame Claux

    Richelieu

1980-1981

  • La Folle de Chaillot

    by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Michel Fagadau

    Irma

    Richelieu

  • La Locandiera

    The Mistress of the Inn by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Mirandoline

    Richelieu

  • Le Roi se meurt

    by Eugène Ionesco Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Juliette

    Odéon

1979-1980

  • La Folle de Chaillot

    by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Michel Fagadau

    Irma

    Odéon

  • Créanciers

    by August Strindberg Directed by Jacques Baillon

    Tekla

    Odéon

  • La Tour de Babel

    by Fernando Arrabal Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Mareda Ruiz - Servante de Latidia, "Thérèse d'Avila"

    Odéon

  • La Trilogie de la Villégiature

    The Holiday Trilogy by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Giorgio Strehler

    Brigida

    Odéon

1978-1979

1977-1978

  • La Navette

    by Henry Becque Directed by Simon Eine

    Antonia

    Richelieu

  • Le Roi se meurt

    by Eugène Ionesco Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Juliette

    Richelieu

  • Les Acteurs de bonne foi

    The Constant Players by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Lisette

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade Imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet

    Angélique

    Richelieu

  • L'Impromptu de Versailles

    The Versailles Impromptu by Molière Directed by Pierre Dux

    Mlle Molière

    Richelieu

1976-1977

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