Gilles
David

527e sociétaire

Having trained at the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre (Ensatt) in the Rue Blanche and later at the Conservatoire in classes taught by Pierre Vial and Michel Bouquet, Gilles David made his debut in 1983 in Musset’s Lorenzaccio by René Jauneau. He reunited with Jauneau for The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Beaumont and Fletcher. Jean Mercure directed him in Ben Jonson’s Volpone and so did Jean-Pierre Miquel in Camus' Les Justes, Maurice Bénichou in Chekhov’s The Three Sisters and Antoine Vitez in Victor Hugo's Lucrezia Borgia, Paul Claudel’s Satin Slipper and Raymond Lepoutre’s Un transport amoureux.

In 1990, Feydeau’s La Dame de chez Maxim was the start of a long partnership with Alain Françon who would go on to direct him in Edward Bond's The War Plays, In the Company of Men and Coffee; in Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II and in Michel Vinaver's Les Huissiers. Gilles David worked with Joël Jouanneau on Dostoyevsky’s Idiot, Didier Bezace on Molière’s School for Wives (L’École des femmes), Jean-Pierre Vincent on Lagarce’s Derniers remords avant l’oubli, Benoît Lambert on Brecht’s Mr Puntila and His Man Matti and Christophe Perton on Edward Bond’s Lear. In 2005, he joined the Théâtre national de Strasbourg, run by Stéphane Braunschweig, who had cast him in Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities in 1997. There, he played in Pirandello’s Clothing the Naked, Hanoch Levin’s Dreaming Child and in Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

Having joined the Comédie-Française on the 1st of December 2007, he became the Troupe’s 527th sociétaire on the 1st of January 2014. Jacques Lassalle directed him first in Figaro Gets a Divorce by Ödön von Horváth then in Molière's The School for Wives (L’École des femmes), Pierre Pradinas in Molière's Le Mariage forcé and Marc Paquien in Mirbeau’s Business is Business (Les affaires sont les affaires). For Jean-Pierre Vincent, he played in Ubu roi by Alfred Jarry, Dom Juan by Molière and La Dame aux jambes d’azur by Eugène Labiche. Dan Jemmett cast him in Eduardo De Filippo’s La Grande Magie and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Equally at ease in all the genres, he could be seen in Poussière written and directed by Lars Norén, Feydeau’s Un fil à la patte by Jérôme Deschamps, Labiche’s An Italian Straw Hat by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Molière’s Misanthrope by Clément Hervieu-léger, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Éric Ruf as well as in Robert Carsen’s staging of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Having directed him in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and then in Victor Hugo’s Lucrezia Borgia, Denis Podalydès cast him as Argante in Molière’s Les Fourberies de Scapin, which he staged at the Salle Richelieu in 2017.

In 2009, Alain Françon envisaged him as Fyodor Ilyich Kulygin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Both collaborated three years later collaborated on the staging of Feydeau’s monologues Cercle des castagnettes, which Gilles David interpreted at the Studio-Théâtre. In 2016, he directed some actors of the Company in Michel Vinaver’s La Demande d’emploi. Outside the Comédie-Française, he completed the staging of The Worlds by Edward Bond, 63 regards by Christophe Pellet, Meilleurs souvenirs de Grado (Herzliche Grüsse aus Grado) by Kroetz and Grounded (Clouée au sol) by George Brant.

On film, he worked with Alain Chabat on RRRrrr!!!, Valérie Lemercier on Palais Royal !, Nicole Garcia on Charlie Says (Selon Charlie), Aurélia Georges on The Walking Man (L’homme qui marche), and Benoit Jacquot on Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux à la reine). On the other hand, Pierre Aknine, Bernard Stora, José Giovanni, Nina Companeez, Dominique Cabrera, Laurent Heynemann, Vincent Macaigne and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi cast him for television features.

Since 2014, he has been teaching interpretation at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique (CNSAD).

During the 2018/2019 season, Gilles David will be playing in Fanny and Alexandre after Ingmar Bergman directed by Julie Deliquet and in the rerun of Victor Hugo’s Lucrezia Borgia by Denis Podalydès, Molière’s Fourberies de Scapin by Denis Podalydès as well as that of Feydeau’s Free Exchange Hotel (L’Hôtel du Libre-Échange) by Isabelle Nanty.

Currently in

Lucrèce Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia
by Victor Hugo
Directed by Denis Podalydès

Richelieu

Soon in

Les Fourberies de Scapin

Scapin The Schemer
by Molière
Directed by Denis Podalydès

Richelieu

Fanny et Alexandre

Fanny and Alexander
by Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Julie Deliquet

Richelieu

At the Comédie-Française

2018-2019

  • L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange

    The Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau Directed by Isabelle Nanty

    Richelieu

  • Fanny et Alexandre

    Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman Directed by Julie Deliquet

    Isak Jacobi, antiquaire

    Richelieu

  • Les Fourberies de Scapin

    Scapin The Schemer by Molière Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Argante

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Rustighello (Alternating)

    Richelieu

2017-2018

  • Roméo et Juliette

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Directed by Éric Ruf

    Le Prince

    Richelieu

  • Poussière

    by Lars Norén Directed by Lars Norén

    I

    Richelieu

  • Gilles David / Nâzim Hikmet

    The Poets’ Attic

    Richelieu

  • La Tempête

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare French adaptation by Jean-Claude Carrière Directed...

    Gonzalo, vieux conseiller honnête

    Richelieu

  • La Règle du jeu

    The Rules of the Game based on the screenplay by Jean Renoir Directed by Christiane...

    La Bruyère

    Richelieu

  • L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange

    The Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau Directed by Isabelle Nanty

    Chervet et le Commissaire (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Les Fourberies de Scapin

    Scapin The Schemer by Molière Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Argante

    Richelieu

2016-2017

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    le Bourgeois, Poète, le Capucin, Cadet

    Richelieu

  • Comme une pierre qui...

    Adapted after Greil Marcus Direction Marie Rémond and Sébastien Pouderoux

    Tom Wilson

    Studio

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Rustighello (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Règle du jeu

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

    La Bruyère

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Clément Hervieu-Léger

    Du Bois (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Gilles David

    Actor School

    Studio

  • Roméo et Juliette

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Directed by Éric Ruf

    Le Prince, Montaigu (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Bourgeois, poète, Le Capucin, cadet

    Richelieu

  • Poil de carotte

    by Jules Renard Directed by Philippe Lagrue

    Monsieur Lepic

    Jardin d'Acclimatation

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Fiodor Ilitch Koulyguine, professeur au lycée, mari de Macha

    Richelieu

  • Existence

    by Edward Bond Directed by Christian Benedetti

    Tom

    Studio

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Firmin

    Richelieu

  • Troïlus et Cressida

    Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare Directed by Jean-Yves Ruf

    Pandare

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Béralde (en alternance)

    Théâtre éphémère

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    An Italian Straw Hat by Eugène Labiche and Marc-Michel Directed by Giorgio Barberio...

    Vézinet, sourd

    Théâtre éphémère

  • L'École des femmes

    The School for Wives by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Chrysalde

    Richelieu

2011-2012

  • Peer Gynt

    by Henrik Ibsen Directed by Éric Ruf

    Le père de Solvejg, le Troll de cour, Trumpeterstrale, un Singe, le Capitaine, le Maire

    Grand Palais

  • Le Cercle des Castagnettes

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Alain Françon and Gilles David

    Studio

  • Poil de carotte

    by Jules Renard Directed by Philippe Lagrue

    Monsieur Lepic

    Studio

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Béralde (alternating)

    Théâtre éphémère

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Firmin

    Richelieu

  • L'École des femmes

    The School for Wives by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Chrysale

    Richelieu

2010-2011

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • Gilles David

    Reading

    Richelieu

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Capitaine Bordure, 3e noble, etc. (l'Ours)

    Richelieu

  • Poil de carotte

    by Jules Renard Directed by Philippe Lagrue

    Voix de Jules Renard

    Studio

  • Le bruit des os qui craquent

    The Sound of Cracking Bones by Suzanne Lebeau Directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois

    La voix off

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor

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

    Bardolph

    Richelieu

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Fiodor Ilitch Koulyguine, professeur au lycée, mari de Macha

    Richelieu

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Antonio, Firmin

    Richelieu

  • Les Oiseaux

    The Birds by Aristophane directed by Alfredo Arias

    Le poète, le parricide et Poséidon

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Arturo Recchia et Gennarino Fucecchia, serviteur de Calogero Di Spelta

    Richelieu

2009-2010

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Bourgeois, poète, Le Capucin, cadet (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Capitaine Bordure, 3e noble, etc. (l'Ours)

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage forcé

    The Forced Marriage by Molière Directed by Pierre Pradinas

    Pancrace

    Studio

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Fiodor Ilitch Koulyguine, professeur au lycée, mari de Macha

    Richelieu

  • Burn baby burn

    by Carine Lacroix Directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois

    A Voice

    Studio

  • Le bruit des os qui craquent

    The Sound of Cracking Bones by Suzanne Lebeau Directed by Anne-Laure Liégeois

    La voix off

    Studio

  • Les affaires sont les affaires

    Business is Business by Octave Mirbeau DIrected by Marc Paquien

    Gruggh

    Vx-Colombier

  • Figaro divorce

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

    Le 2e douanier, Le Garde-forestier et le Sergent (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Capitaine Bordure, 3e noble, etc. (l'Ours)

    Richelieu

  • Gilles David

    Carte blanche

    Vx-Colombier

  • L'Ordinaire

    by Michel Vinaver Directed by Michel Vinaver and Gilone Brun

    Ed

    Richelieu

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Bourgeois, poète, Le Capucin, cadet (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage forcé

    The Forced Marriage by Molière Directed by Pierre Pradinas

    Pancrace

    Studio

  • Fanny

    by Marcel Pagnol Directed by Irène Bonnaud

    César

    Vx-Colombier

2007-2008

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Bourgeois, poète, Le Capucin, cadet (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Figaro divorce

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

    Le 2e douanier, le Garde-forestier et un Brigadier

    Richelieu

  • Bonheur ?

    by Emmanuel Darley Directed by Andrés Lima

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Oronte (alternating)

    Richelieu

1989-1990

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