Denis
Podalydès

505e sociétaire

Having trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique, Denis Podalydès co-wrote, in 1996, André Amoureux a show which won several awards.

He made his debut at the Comédie-Française in 1997 by interpreting Mikhaïl Alexandrovitch Rakitine in Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country directed by Andreï Smirnoff. In 2000, he became the 505th sociétaire of the Company and received the Molière Award for Best Newcomer in Theatre for his performance in Gogol’s The Government Inspector directed by Jean-Louis Benoit, who had already directed him in Molière’s Les Fourberies de Scapin in 1997. They reunited in 2004 for Corneille’s Le Menteur.

Denis Podalydès can play just about anything. Numerous renowned directors have cast him for wide ranging roles: Jean-Pierre Miquel in Marivaux’s Le Legs and later Molière's The Misanthrope; Philippe Adrien in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia; Pascal Rambert in his own play Une vie; Matthias Langhoff in Lenz, Léonce et Léna after Georg Büchner; Piotr Fomenko in Ostrovsky’s The Forest; Galin Stoev in Corneille’s L’Illusion comique and Molière's Tartuffe; Éric Ruf in Racine’s Bajazet; and finally Jacques Lassalle in Chekhov’s Platonov or Fatherlessness, Goldoni’s Il Campiello and Ödön von Horváth's Figaro’s Divorce.

Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman entrusted him with playing Don César in Victor Hugo’s Ruy Blas, Catherine Hiegel with Harpagon in Molière's The Miser (L’Avare), Dan Jemmett with Calogero di Spelta in La Grande Magie by Eduardo De Filippo and later with the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. For the creation of The Damned after the screenplay by Visconti, Badalucco and Medioli at the Festival d’Avignon in 2016, Ivo van Hove cast him as Baron Konstatin von Essenbeck. The show was taken over at the Salle Richelieu.

At the Comédie-Française, Denis Podalydès staged Fantasio by Musset, Ce que j’appelle oubli by Laurent Mauvignier, Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, a show that garnered six Molière Awards, including that of Best Director and Best Public Theatre Show. He followed up on this success by directing Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo and Les Fourberies de Scapin by Molière.

At the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord,he staged Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme in 2012, Chekhov’s On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco in 2014, Maeterlinck’s The Death of Tintagiles in 2015 and Marivaux’s Le Triomphe de l’amour in 2018. He has equally directed operas such as Fortunio by Messager and Le Comte Ory by Rossini at the Opéra-Comique, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Besides television films and short features, Denis Podalydès has appeared in about a hundred films. He co-wrote and played in the majority of movies by his brother Bruno. He has also filmed with Arnaud Desplechin, Ducastel and Martineau, Raoul Ruiz, Bertrand Tavernier, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais, Xavier Durringer and Christophe Honoré.

During the 2018/2019 season, among other things, Denis Podalydès will be playing in Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night Or What You Will by Thomas Ostermeier, Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny et Alexandre directed by Julie Deliquet, Euripide's Electre / Oreste by Ivo van Hove.

Currently in

Électre / Oreste

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

Richelieu

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Soon in

La Nuit des rois ou Tout ce que vous voulez

"Twelfth Night or What you will"
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

Richelieu

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Denis Podalydès / Portrait de metteur en scène Maison

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At the Comédie-Française

2019-2020

2018-2019

2017-2018

  • Les Damnés

    The Damned after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico...

    Baron Konstantin von Essenbeck

    Richelieu

2016-2017

  • Une vie

    A Life by Pascal Rambert Directed by Pascal Rambert

    Invité

    Vx-Colombier

  • Bajazet

    by Jean Racine Directed by Éric Ruf

    Acomat

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Damnés

    The Damned after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico...

    Baron Konstantin von Essenbeck

    Richelieu

2015-2016

2014-2015

  • La Tragédie d'Hamlet

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Hamlet

    Richelieu

  • Trahisons

    by Harold Pinter Directed by Frédéric Bélier-Garcia

    Robert

    Vx-Colombier

2013-2014

2012-2013

  • Rituel pour une métamorphose

    Rituals of Signs and Transformations by Saadallah Wannous Directed by Sulayman Al-Bassam

    Abdallah et Cheikh Muhammad

    Richelieu

  • Ce que j'appelle oubli

    by Laurent Mauvignier Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Studio

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Monsieur Diafoirus et Monsieur Purgon

    Théâtre éphémère

  • La Place Royale

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois

    Alidor

    Vx-Colombier

2011-2012

  • Ce que j'appelle oubli

    by Laurent Mauvignier Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Studio

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

2010-2011

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Calogero Di Spelta

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

2009-2010

  • L'Illusion comique

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Galin Stoev

    Matamore

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Calogero

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Harpagon

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • Il Campiello

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    le Chevalier

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Calogero

    Richelieu

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Montfleury, Pâtissier, Cadet, Précieux

    Richelieu

  • L'Illusion comique

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Galin Stoev

    Matamore

    Richelieu

  • Figaro divorce

    Figaro Gets a Divorce by Ödön von Horváth Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Pédrille

    Richelieu

2007-2008

2006-2007

  • Il Campiello

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    le Chevalier

    Richelieu

2005-2006

  • Le Menteur

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Philiste (alternating)

    Richelieu

2004-2005

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Fortunatov

    Richelieu

  • Platonov ou le Fléau de l'absence de...

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Mikaïl Vassiliévitch Platonov

    Richelieu

  • Les Bacchantes

    The Bacchantes by Euripide Directed by André Wilms

    Dionysos

    Richelieu

  • Le Menteur

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Dorante

    Richelieu

2003-2004

2002-2003

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Fortunatov

    Richelieu

  • Présences

    by Yacine Kateb Directed by Mohamed Kacimi

    Richelieu

  • Ruy Blas

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman

    Don César de Bazan

    Richelieu

2001-2002

2000-2001

1999-2000

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Dufausset

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Alceste

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Ivan Alexandrovitch Khlestakov

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Le Legs

    The Legacy by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    le Marquis

    Studio

  • Le Révizor

    by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Ivan Alexandrovitch Khlestakov

    Richelieu

  • Arcadia

    by Tom Stoppard Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Valentin Coverly

    Richelieu

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Dufausset

    Vx-Colombier

1997-1998

  • Le Legs

    The Legacy by Marivaux Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    le Marquis

    Studio

  • Arcadia

    by Tom Stoppard Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Valentin Coverly

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Fourberies de Scapin

    Scapin The Schemer by Molière Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Octave (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Un mois à la campagne

    by Ivan Tourgueniev Directed by Andreï Smirnoff

    Mikhaïl Alexandrovitch Rakitine

    Richelieu

1996-1997

  • Un mois à la campagne

    by Ivan Tourgueniev Directed by Andreï Smirnoff

    Mikhaïl Alexandrovitch Rakitine

    Richelieu

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