Cécile
Brune

494e sociétaire

Cécile Brune attended the Classe libre at the Cours Florent prior to her training at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique by Madeleine Marion, Daniel Mesguich and Pierre Vial. In 1984, she played in Goldoni’s Bar Café directed by Raymond Acquaviva, who also directed her in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart in 1987. Francis Huster directed her in Corneille’s Le Cid, Gildas Bourdet in Bernanos’ Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Stanislas Nordey in Pasolini’s Bêtes de style, and in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1992, Anne Delbée directed her in Bérénice and Phèdre, both by Racine and presented at the Théâtre 14.

She became a pensionnaire of the Comédie-Française on the 19th of April 1993, and was named the 494th sociétaire on the 1st of January 1997. She made her debut as Mathurine in Molière’s Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Jacques Lassalle performed first at the 1993 Festival d’Avignon. Since then, she has been a constant in comedies by Molière. She has accordingly played Elmire in Tartuffe by Dominique Pitoiset, Léonor in The School for Husbands by Thierry Hancisse, Dorimène in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Jean-Louis Benoit, Lucette in Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Philippe Adrien, Lisette in L’Amour médecin and Le Sicilien ou l’Amour peintre by Duverger and Villégier, Toinette in The Imaginary Invalid by Claude Stratz, and Dorine in Tartuffe by Galin Stoev. Some directors prefer casting her in romantic dramas. Marcel Bluwal saw her as Louise Miller in Schiller's Intrigue and Love, Jean-Pierre Vincent as Marguerite in Nerval’s Léo Bruckart and Jean-Pierre Miquel as Araminte in Marivaux’s Les Fausses confidences.

En 1998, Jacques Rosner offered her the title role in Corneille’s Rodogune and Muriel Mayette-Holtz the role of Andromache in Racine’s eponymous play in 2011. Lukas Hemleb entrusted her with the character of Maggy Soldignac in his staging of Feydeau’s Dindon. Robert Wilson chose her to interpret the Mouse and the Goat in La Fontaine’s Fables. She performed in several plays that were directed by Denis Podalydès, including Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and the title role in Fantasio by Alfred de Musset. Jean Liermier directed her in Les Sincères by Marivaux and then in Penthesilea by Kleist; Dan Jemmett in La Grande Magie by Eduardo de Filippo; Isabel Osthues in A Respectable Wedding by Bertolt Brecht; and Andres Lima in The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare.
In 2013, she played Meg Boles in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party by Claude Mouriéras, Mahama in Lampedusa Way written and directed by Lina Prosa, and the Baronness in Labiche’s An Italian Straw Hat by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti.

In 2015, she reunited with Denis Marleau, who previously directed her in Seneca’s Agamemnon, to interpret Ella in Innocence by Dea Loher. She was praised for her interpretation of Bernarda in García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba as staged by Lilo Baur. Alain Françon entrusted her with the role of Louise Rafi in The Sea by Edward Bond, while Arnaud Desplechin asked her to play the Mother’s Voice in Strindberg’s The Father. Véronique Vella cast her in Marcel Aymé’s Le Cerf et le chien. Christiane Jatahy directed her in The Rules of the Game after a screenplay by Jean Renoir, Pascal Rambert cast her in his play Une vie, and Lilo Baur chose her for her staging of Après la pluie by Sergi Belbel.

In 2018, she interpreted La Plus vieille in J’étais dans ma maison et j’attendais que la pluie vienne by Jean-Luc Lagarce directed by Chloé Dabert and Mrs Bergmann in Wedekind’s Spring Awakening staged by Clément Hervieu-Léger.

She is Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

During the 2018/2019 season, Cécile Brune will be playing in Euripides’ Électre / Oreste by Ivo van Hove.

Currently in

La Puce à l'oreille

A Flea in her ear
by Georges Feydeau
Directed by Lilo Baur

Richelieu

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Électre / Oreste

"Electra / Orestes"
by Euripide
Directed by Ivo van Hove

Richelieu

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At the Comédie-Française

2019-2020

  • Électre / Oreste

    "Electra / Orestes" by Euripide Directed by Ivo van Hove

    le Choeur (alternately)

    Richelieu

  • La Puce à l'oreille

    A Flea in her ear by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lilo Baur

    Olympe Ferraillon (alternately)

    Richelieu

2018-2019

  • Électre / Oreste

    Electra / Orestes by Euripide Directed by Ivo van Hove

    le Choeur

    Richelieu

  • Fanny et Alexandre

    Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman Directed by Julie Deliquet

    Mademoiselle Ester, femme de chambre chez Helena

    Richelieu

  • 20 000 lieues sous les mers

    20,000 Leagues under the Sea after Jules Verne Directed by Christian Hecq and Valérie...

    Voix off

    Vx-Colombier

2017-2018

2016-2017

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Lise, Mère Marguerite (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Une vie

    A Life by Pascal Rambert Directed by Pascal Rambert

    Mère de l’Artiste

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Règle du jeu

    The Rules of the Game after the screenplay by Jean Renoir Directed by Christiane Jatahy

    Charlotte

    Richelieu

  • 20 000 lieues sous les mers

    20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne (adapted by Christian Hecq and Valérie...

    Voix off

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Journées particulières (Special...

    Into the Repertoire time machine

    Vx-Colombier

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Studio

  • Le Cerf et le Chien

    The Stag and the Dog from Les contes du chat perché (The Wonderful Farm) by Marcel...

    La Mère

    Studio

  • Père

    The Father by August Strindberg Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

    Voix de la mère de Laura

    Richelieu

2015-2016

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche Directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

    La Baronne de Champigny (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Galin Stoev

    Dorine

    Richelieu

  • La Mer

    The Sea by Edward Bond Directed by Alain Françon

    Louise Rafi

    Richelieu

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Lise, Mère Marguerite

    Richelieu

  • Phèdre

    Directeur artistique : Eric Génovèse Réalisation : Blandine Masson, Sophie-Aude Picon

    Panope, femme de la suite de Phèdre

    Maison de la Radio

  • La Maison de Bernarda Alba

    by Federico García Lorca Directed by Lilo Baur

    Bernarda

    Richelieu

  • 20 000 lieues sous les mers

    20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne Adapted and directed by Christian Hecq and...

    Voix off

    Vx-Colombier

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le jeune homme, Lise, Aide de camp, Mère Marguerite (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Cabaret Boris Vian

    by Boris Vian Directed by Serge Bagdassarian

    Studio

  • Qui rapportera ces paroles ?

    Reading

    Vx-Colombier

  • Cécile Brune

    Carte blanche

    Vx-Colombier

  • Phèdre

    by Jean Racine Directed by Michael Marmarinos

    Panope, femme de la suite de Phèdre

    Richelieu

  • Andromaque

    Andromache by Jean Racine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Andromaque, veuve d’Hector, captive de Pyrrhus

    Richelieu

  • Quatre femmes et un piano

    Four Women and a Piano Spectacle sous la direction artistique de Sylvia Bergé

    Théâtre éphémère

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Studio

2011-2012

  • Nos plus belles chansons / Cabaret

    by Philippe Meyer directed by Philippe Meyer

    Théâtre éphémère

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Noce

    A Respectable Wedding by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Isabel Osthues

    La Mère du marié

    Vx-Colombier

  • Andromaque

    Andromache by Jean Racine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Andromaque, veuve d'Hector, captive de Pyrrhus

    Richelieu

  • Chansons déconseillées

    by Philippe Meyer Directed by Philippe Meyer

    Studio

2010-2011

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • Agamemnon

    by Sénèque Le Jeune Directed by Denis Marleau

    La Nourrice et 2e chœur

    Richelieu

  • Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor

    The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrés Lima

    Madame Lepage

    Richelieu

  • Andromaque

    Andromache by Jean Racine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Andromaque, veuve d’Hector, captive de Pyrrhus

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Madame Locascio et la mère

    Richelieu

2009-2010

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    le Jeune homme, Lise, un Aide de camp, Mère Marguerite

    Richelieu

  • Fantasio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Fantasio

    Richelieu

  • Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor

    The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrés Lima

    Madame Lepage

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Madame Locascio et la mère

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Toinette

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Madame Locascio et la mère

    Richelieu

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    le Jeune homme, Lise, un Aide de camp, Mère Marguerite

    Richelieu

  • Fantasio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Fantasio

    Richelieu

2007-2008

2006-2007

  • Orgie

    by Pier Paolo Pasolini Directed by Marcel Bozonnet

    The Women

    Vx-Colombier

2005-2006

2004-2005

2003-2004

  • Fables de La Fontaine

    by Jean de La Fontaine Directed by Robert Wilson

    la Souris, la Chèvre

    Richelieu

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Maggy Soldignac

    Richelieu

2002-2003

2001-2002

2000-2001

  • Oublier

    by Marie Laberge Directed by Daniel Benoin

    Joanne

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

    The Bourgeois Gentleman by Molière Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Dorimène (en alternance)

    Richelieu

1999-2000

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Amandine Landernau

    Vx-Colombier

  • Va donc chez Törpe

    by François Billetdoux Directed by Georges Werler

    Ursula-Maria Törpe

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Vie quotidienne

    by Rainer Maria Rilke Directed by Philippe Macaigne

    Hélène

    Studio

  • L'École des maris

    The School for Husbands by Molière Directed by Thierry Hancisse

    Léonor

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Rodogune

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jacques Rosner

    Rodogune

    Richelieu

  • Le Legs

    The Legacy by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    la Comtesse

    Studio

  • Point à la ligne

    by Véronique Olmi Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Cécile

    Vx-Colombier

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Amandine Landernau

    Vx-Colombier

1997-1998

  • Rodogune

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jacques Rosner

    Rodogune

    Richelieu

  • Le Legs

    The Legacy by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    la Comtesse

    Studio

  • Les Fausses confidences

    The False Confidences by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Araminte

    Richelieu

1996-1997

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Dominique Pitoiset

    Elmire

    Richelieu

  • Les Fausses confidences

    The False Confidences by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Araminte

    Richelieu

1995-1996

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Mathurine

    Richelieu

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Charlotte (en alternance)

    Richelieu

1994-1995

  • Intrigue et amour

    by Friedrich von Schiller Directed by Marcel Bluwal

    Louise Miller

    Richelieu

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Charlotte (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    The Princess Negroni

    Richelieu

1993-1994

  • Un mari

    by Italo Svevo Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Amelia

    Vx-Colombier

  • Aujourd'hui ou les Coréens

    by Michel Vinaver Directed by Christian Schiaretti

    Wou-Long

    Vx-Colombier

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