Claire
Vernet

Sociétaire honoraire

Trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris) in the class of Louis Seigner, Claire Vernet joined the Comédie-Française on September 1, 1964, and became its 453rd sociétaire on January 1, 1975 before being appointed as a sociétaire honoraire in 2002.

She enacted great roles of both the classic and modern repertoire performing in plays by Molière, Marivaux, de Musset, Shakespeare, Guitry, Feydeau, Gogol, Goldoni, Grumberg, Stoppart and Pinter, etc., as well as worked under the direction of Jean Meyer, Jean-Louis Barrault or Jacques Charon. In 1982, she played the roles of Isabel in Witold Gombrowicz’s Ivona, Princess of Burgundia staged by Jacques Rosner at the Théâtre national de l'Odéon, of Anna in Harold Pinter’s Old Times staged by Jean-Pierre Miquel at Petit Montparnasse Theater in 1987, of Arsinoé in Molière’s The Misanthrope staged by Simon Eine in 1990, and of Béline in Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid put on stage by Gildas Bourdet in 1991.
She has also performed the role of Béatrice in Carlo Goldoni’s La Serva amorosa (The Loving Maid) staged by Jacques Lassalle in 1992, and that of Mrs Sørbyin Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck directed by Alain Françon in 1993. Furthermore, she appeared in Georges Feydeau’s Occupe-toi d'Amélie in a staging by Roger Planchon and in Marivaux’s Double Inconstancy (La Double inconstance) directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel in 1995. She performed in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, staged by Philippe Adrien, in Molière’s Les Femmes savantes directed by Simon Eine in 1998, in Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector (The Revizor) put on stage by Jean-Louis Benoît in 1999, and in Jean-Claude Grumberg’s Amorphe d'Ottenburg directed by Jean-Michel Ribes in 2000.

During the 2002/2003 season, she was selected by director Nicolas Lormeau for his staging of Geroges Courteline’s Un client sérieux. Bernard Murat cast her in Sacha Guitry’s Le Nouveau Testament in 2003, and Jacques Échantillon selected her for George Feydeau’s Le Mariage de Barillon (The Marriage of Barillon) at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, she appeared in Edouard Bourdet’sLes Temps difficiles directed by Jean-Claude Berutti and she performed, in 2009, in Philip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story (Vie privée) under the direction of Pierre Laville at the Théâtre Antoine.

In the movies, she made appearances inFaustine and the Beautiful Summer, a movie by Nina Companeez (1972), in The Parisian Life (La Vie parisienne) by director Christian-Jaque (1977), in À nous les garçons by Michel Lang (1985), in Mikael Buch’s short movie La Déchirure (2007), as well as in Olivier Van Malderghem’s Rondo and François Ozon’s The Refuge (2010).

At the Comédie-Française

2006-2007

  • Les Temps difficiles

    by Édouard Bourdet Directed by Jean-Claude Berutti

    Mélanie Laroche (en alternance)

    Vx-Colombier

2002-2003

2001-2002

  • Opéra savon

    by Jean-Daniel Magnin Directed by Sandrine Anglade

    la Chef de produit Demierre, Mildy

    Vx-Colombier

2000-2001

1999-2000

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Philaminte (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Amorphe d'Ottenburg

    by Jean-Claude Grumberg Directed by Jean-Michel Ribes

    Berta d'Ottenburg

    Richelieu

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Anna Andreevna

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Anna Andreevna

    Richelieu

  • Arcadia

    by Tom Stoppard Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Lady Gray

    Richelieu

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Philaminte

    Richelieu

1997-1998

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Philaminte

    Richelieu

  • Arcadia

    by Tom Stoppard Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Lady Gray

    Vx-Colombier

1996-1997

  • L'Échange

    by Paul Claudel Directed by Jean Dautremay

    Lechy Elbernon

    Richelieu

  • Embarquement immédiat

    by Elisabeth Janvier Directed by Alain Pralon

    Judith

    Studio

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Arsinoé

    Richelieu

1995-1996

  • La Double inconstance

    The Double Inconstancy by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Flaminia

    Vx-Colombier

  • L'Échange

    by Paul Claudel Directed by Jean Dautremay

    Lechy Elbernon

    Richelieu

1994-1995

  • La Double inconstance

    The Double Inconstancy by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Flaminia

    Vx-Colombier

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Virginie (alternating)

    Richelieu

1993-1994

  • La Serva amorosa

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Beatrice

    Richelieu

  • Le Canard sauvage

    by Henrik Ibsen Directed by Alain Françon

    Madame Sörby

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Gildas Bourdet

    Béline

    Richelieu

  • La Serva amorosa

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Beatrice

    Richelieu

1991-1992

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Gildas Bourdet

    Béline

    Richelieu

1990-1991

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Gildas Bourdet

    Béline

    Odéon

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Arsinoé

    Richelieu

1989-1990

1987-1988

  • Le Songe d'une nuit d'été

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Hippolyte

    Richelieu

  • C'était hier

    by Harold Pinter Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Kate

    Odéon

1986-1987

1984-1985

1983-1984

1982-1983

1981-1982

1980-1981

  • Sertorius

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Aristie

    Richelieu

  • Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

    The Bourgeois Gentleman by Molière Directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet

    Dorimène

    Richelieu

  • On ne saurait penser à tout

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Jean-Laurent Cochet

    la Comtesse de Vernon

    Richelieu

1978-1979

1977-1978

1976-1977

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