Laurent
Natrella

514e sociétaire

Laurent Natrella began his acting education at the Antibes Conservatory; he was taught by Julien Bertheau, who cast him for Pyrrhus in Andromache and the title role in Britannicus, both were Racine’s plays. Together they formed an acting company and established the first Antibes Festival. He then enrolled at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique de Paris and followed classes by Madeleine Marion, Pierre Vial, Daniel Mesguich, Mario Gonzales and Francis Girod. Upon graduation, Daniel Mesguich offered him to be part of the permanent company of the Métaphore Theatre.

In 1998, he made his Comédie-Française debut as Clitandre in Molière’s Les Femmes savantes under the direction of Simon Eine. He reunited with Daniel Mesguich for Racine’s Mithridate and Andromache and also worked with directors such as Jean-Pierre Miquel, Andrei Serban, Lukas Hemleb and Anne Kessler. In 2006, he played Pedro Ibañez in Lope de Vega’s Pedro et le commandeur directed by Omar Porras. He became the 514th sociétaire of the Company in 2007. The following year, he performed in García Lorca’s Yerma as staged by Vicente Pradal and, in 2010, he played in Paroles, pas de rôle / vaudeville by Damiaan De Schrijver, Peter Van den Eede and Matthias de Koning of the tg STAN, de KOE and Discordia collectives. Many directors chose to cast him in Shakespeare’s plays: Dan Jemmett in Hamlet, Jean-Yves Rufin Troïlus and Cressida and Léonie Simaga in Othello, the latter having already directed him in Pour un oui ou pour un non by Nathalie Sarraute. He played in Saadallah Wannous’s Rituel pour une métamorphose directed by Sulayman Al-Bassam; Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera by Laurent Pelly; Gogol's Marriage by Lilo Baur; and Goldoni’s The Boors (Les Rustres) by Jean-Louis Benoit. Laurent Natrella performed Jacques Leeds in Mark Medoff’s Children of a Lesser God (Les Enfants du silence) under the direction of Anne-Marie Etienne, for which he learned French sign language and which earned him a 2017 Molière Award nomination in the category of Performance by Actor in the Public Theatre. Furthermore, he played the title role in Racine’s Bajazet directed by Éric Ruf prior to interpreting Conseil and pulling puppet strings on a tour of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (20 000 lieues sous les mers), adapted and directed by Christian Hecq and Valérie Lesort.

Outside of the Comédie-Française, Laurent Natrella directed Après une si longue nuit by Michèle Laurence, first played at the Theatre of Nouméa Island and later performed in Avignon and on tour. He also directed Jean-Christophe Dollé's Handball, le hasard merveilleux.

In movies and television, Laurent Natrella filmed under the direction of Georges Lautner, Robert Mazoyer, Pascale Bailly, Jean-Marie Poiret, Christian Gion, Ariel Zeitoun, Didier Fontan, Laurent Heineman, Pierre Boutron, Edouard Nierman, Philippe Venault, etc.
Teaching theatre has also taken pride of place in his career. He was first professor at the Cours Florent drama school, and later at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique where he directed the 2014/2015’s graduation performance. He currently teaches at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) where he explores great classical and contemporary works on the repertoire and encourages collective writing in his various workshops.

During the 2018/2019 season, Laurent Natrella will be playing in Hors la loi written and directed by Pauline Bureau and in the rerun of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea adapted and directed by Christian Hecq and Valérie Lesort.

Follow this comedien

At the Comédie-Française

2018-2019

  • Hors la loi

    Outlaws Writed and directed by Pauline Bureau

    Franck, inspecteur de police; le Président du Tribunal et le Professeur Monod

    Vx-Colombier

  • 20 000 lieues sous les mers

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

    Conseil, serviteur du Professeur Aronnax, et manipulation de marionnettes

    Vx-Colombier

2017-2018

  • Faust

    by Goethe Adapted and directed by Valentine Losseau and Raphaël Navarro

    Faust ; manipulation magique et de marionnette

    Vx-Colombier

  • Singulis / Chagrin d'école

    by Daniel Pennac Devised and performed by Laurent Natrella

    Studio

  • La Règle du jeu

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

    Corneille, chef cuisinier

    Richelieu

2016-2017

2015-2016

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

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

    Émile Tavernier, lieutenant

    Richelieu

  • Laurent Natrella

    Actor School

    Studio

  • La séance est ouverte

    Jean Lebrun's radio show La Marche de l’histoire (The March of History), recorded with a...

    Vx-Colombier

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Carbon de Castel-Jaloux, Jodelet, précieux (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Les Rustres

    The Boors by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Le Comte Riccardo

    Vx-Colombier

2014-2015

  • La Tragédie d'Hamlet

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Bernardo, Valtemand, 2e Comédien, le Marin, 1er fossoyeur, Le Prêtre, L’Ambassadeur...

    Richelieu

  • Les Enfants du silence

    by Mark Medoff Directed by Anne-Marie Étienne

    Jacques Leeds

    Vx-Colombier

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Studio

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

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

    Émile Tavernier, lieutenant

    Richelieu

2013-2014

  • Othello

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Léonie Simaga

    Roderigo

    Vx-Colombier

  • Laurent Natrella / Daniel Pennac

    Reading

    Vx-Colombier

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

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

    Émile Tavernier, lieutenant

    Richelieu

  • Psyché

    by Molière Directed by Véronique Vella

    Le Roi, Apollon et Chœurs

    Richelieu

  • La Tragédie d'Hamlet

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Bernardo, Valtemand, 2e Comédien, le Marin, 1er fossoyeur, Le Prêtre, L’Ambassadeur...

    Richelieu

2012-2013

  • Rituel pour une métamorphose

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

    Ibrahim et Izzat

    Richelieu

  • Troïlus et Cressida

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

    Agamemnon (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

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

    Émile Tavernier, lieutenant

    Théâtre éphémère

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

  • Le Mariage

    The Wedding by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Lilo Baur

    Plikaplov, ami de Kapilotadov

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Noce

    A Respectable Wedding by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Isabel Osthues

    Le Mari de la femme

    Vx-Colombier

2010-2011

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • L'Opéra de quat'sous

    The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill Directed by Laurent Pelly

    Tiger Brown

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage

    The Wedding by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Lilo Baur

    Plikaplov, ami de Kapilotadov

    Vx-Colombier

2009-2010

2007-2008

2006-2007

2005-2006

  • L'Amour médecin et Le Sicilien ou...

    by Molière Directed by Jean-Marie Villégier and Jonathan Duverger

    M. Filerin et Don Pèdre

    Richelieu

  • Grief[s]

    by August Strindberg, Henrik Ibsen and Ingmar Bergman Directed by Anne Kessler

    Helmer

    Studio

  • Le Menteur

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Alcippe

    Richelieu

2004-2005

2003-2004

  • Les Effracteurs

    by José Pliya Directed by José Pliya

    Nico

    Studio

  • Bouli Miro

    by Fabrice Melquiot Directed by Christian Gonon

    Jean-Michel Clark et Milan

    Studio

  • La Nuit des rois ou Ce que vous voulez

    Twelfth Night or What you will by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrzej Seweryn

    Messire André Fièvrejoue

    Richelieu

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Soldignac

    Richelieu

2002-2003

  • Ah, vous voilà Dumas !

    by Alain Pralon after Alexandre Dumas Directed by Alain Pralon

    Firmin, Monsieur Vacher et Plessis

    Studio

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Soldignac

    Richelieu

  • Le Marchand de Venise

    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrei Serban

    Bassanio (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2001-2002

  • Opéra savon

    by Jean-Daniel Magnin Directed by Sandrine Anglade

    l'Indien culturel, Éric

    Vx-Colombier

  • Andromaque

    Andromache by Jean Racine Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Pyrrhus

    Richelieu

  • Le Marchand de Venise

    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrei Serban

    Bassanio (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2000-2001

  • Andromaque

    Andromache by Jean Racine Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Pyrrhus

    Richelieu

  • L'Âne et le ruisseau

    The Donkey and the Stream by Alfred de Musset Directed by Nicolas Lormeau

    The Baron

    Studio

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Philinte

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

    The Bourgeois Gentleman by Molière Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    le Maître tailleur (en alternance)

    Richelieu

1999-2000

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Clitandre (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    Philinte

    Vx-Colombier

1998-1999

  • Mithridate

    by Jean Racine Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Pharnace

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Clitandre (alternating)

    Richelieu

1997-1998

  • Euphonia

    by Hector Berlioz Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    An Actor

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Clitandre (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Le Ping-pong

    by Arthur Adamov Directed by Gilles Chavassieux

    Arthur

    Vx-Colombier

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