Martine
Chevallier

478e sociétaire

Martine Chevallier became acquainted with the Stanislavsky Method at the Cours Furet before joining Antoine Vitez’s class at the Conservatoire supérieur d’art dramatique where she won the first prize in 1974. As a musician, she has an instictive attachment to texts with an integrated musicality, such as those by Racine for which she holds particular affection. Thanks to Anne Delbée who cast her in Paul Claudel’s L’Échange at the Théâtre de la Ville in 1976, she had her first great success on the stage. The same year, Pierre Romans directed her in Frank Wedekind’s A Spring Awakening (L’Éveil du printemps) at the Théâtre de l’Odéon. In 1980, Jean-Louis Barrault and Jean-Pierre Granval entrusted her with the role of Sept-Épées in their staging of Claudel’s Satin Slipper (Soulier de satin (Quatrième journée)) at the Théâtre d’Orsay followed by a tour in Japan. Subsequently she played in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by Peter Brook,Corneille’s Le Cid by Francis Huster and Marguerite Duras’ Savannah Bay directed by the author.

Having joined the Comédie-Française as a pensionnaire on the 1st of November 1986, she made her debut with the Company playing the title role in Racine’s Esther under the direction of Françoise Seigner. Following her appointment as the 478th sociétaire on the 1st of January 1988, she has played under the direction of Georges Lavaudant in Alfred de Musset’s Lorenzaccio; Antoine Vitezin Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo; Yannis Kokos in Racine’s Iphigenia (Iphigénie); Youssef Chahine in Albert Camus’ Caligula; and Jacques Rosner in Corneille’s Rodogune. In 1995, she interpreted the title role in Racine’s Phedra (Phèdre) directed by Anne Delbée and played, in 2000, Madame Jourdain in Jean-Louis Benoit’s staging of Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Muriel Mayette-Holtz directed her first in Le Retour au désert by Bernard-Marie Koltès. For her intepretation of Mathilde Serpenoise, Martine Chevallier won the 2007 Molière Best Actress Award. They also collaborated on Racine’s Bérénice and Shakespeare’s A Mid summer Night’s Dream. She was cast by Zabou Breitman in Feydeau’s Le Système Ribadier, by Arnaud Desplechin for his staging of August Strindberg’s Father and by Lars Norén for his own play Poussière. Piotr Fomenko offered her Gurmyzhskaya’s part in Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest. She upheld the same role in the film adapted from the play and directed by Arnaud Desplechin in 2014.

On film, Martine Chevallier could be seen in features by Anne Fontaine, Roschdy Zem, Guillaume Canet, Julie Gavras, Benoît Jacquot and Lucas Belvaux. On television she has worked with directors such as Robert Mazoyer, Marcel Bluwal, Claude Santelli, Nina Companeez, and Alain Tasma.

Martine Chevallier is Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) and Knight of the Order of Merit (Chevalier dans l’ordre du Mérite).

During the 2018/2019 season, Martine Chevallier will be playing in Hors la loi written and directed by Pauline Bureau. Her Grenier des acteurs will be dedicated to Selma Lagerlöf. She will be guest of Paradoxe(s).

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Jules César

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Rodolphe Dana

Vx-Colombier

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At the Comédie-Française

2019-2020

  • Jules César

    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Adapted and directed by Rodolphe Dana

    Jules César

    Vx-Colombier

2018-2019

2017-2018

  • Poussière

    by Lars Norén Directed by Lars Norén

    H

    Richelieu

2016-2017

  • The Readers’ Bureau

    Readings of contemporary authors

    Vx-Colombier

  • Père

    The Father by August Strindberg Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

    Margret, la vieille nourrice du capitaine (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2015-2016

2014-2015

  • Le Système Ribadier

    Where There’s a Will by Georges Feydeau Directed by Zabou Breitman

    Sophie

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Songe d'une nuit d'été

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Titania

    Richelieu

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Gérard Desarthe

    Olga Alexéevna – femme de Doudakov

    Richelieu

  • Cabaret Barbara

    by Barbara Directed by Béatrice Agenin

    Studio

2013-2014

  • Martine Chevallier

    Actor School

    Studio

  • Richard III

    by William Shakespeare Reading directed by Anne Kessler

    Duchesse d'York

    Maison de la Radio

  • Le Songe d'une nuit d'été

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Titania

    Richelieu

  • Le Système Ribadier

    Where There’s a Will by Georges Feydeau Directed by Zabou Breitman

    Sophie

    Vx-Colombier

  • Quatre femmes et un piano

    Four Women and a Piano Cabaret dirigé par Sylvia Bergé Direction musicale d'Osvaldo Caló

    Richelieu

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Rosemonde, Babouchka paysanne et Mère du Czar

    Richelieu

2009-2010

  • Le Mariage de Figaro ou la Folle Journée

    The Marriage of Figaro or The Mad Day by Beaumarchais Directed by Christophe Rauck

    Marceline

    Richelieu

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Rosemonde, Babouchka paysanne et Mère du Czar

    Richelieu

  • Les Oiseaux

    The Birds by Aristophane directed by Alfredo Arias

    Belle Espérance

    Richelieu

  • Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor

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

    Madame Pétule

    Richelieu

  • La Grande Magie

    by Eduardo De Filippo Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Zaira (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • Il Campiello

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Donna Pasqua la Finaude, vieille femme

    Richelieu

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Rosemonde, Babouchka paysanne et Mère du Czar

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage de Figaro ou la Folle Journée

    The Marriage of Figaro or The Mad Day by Beaumarchais Directed by Christophe Rauck

    Marceline (alternating)

    Richelieu

2007-2008

2006-2007

  • Le Retour au désert

    Return to the desert by Bernard-Marie Koltès Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Mathilde Serpenoise

    Richelieu

2005-2006

  • Les Bacchantes

    The Bacchantes by Euripide Directed by André Wilms

    Agavé

    Richelieu

2004-2005

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Gourmyjskaïa

    Richelieu

  • Les Bacchantes

    The Bacchantes by Euripide Directed by André Wilms

    Agavé

    Richelieu

2003-2004

  • La Forêt

    by Alexandre Ostrovski Directed by Piotr Fomenko

    Gourmyjskaïa

    Richelieu

2002-2003

2000-2001

  • Pluie de cendres

    by Laurent Gaudé Directed by Michel Favory

    les Femmes de la ville

    Studio

  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

    The Bourgeois Gentleman by Molière Directed by Jean-Louis Benoit

    Madame Jourdain

    Richelieu

1999-2000

1998-1999

  • Amants et vieux ménage

    by Octave Mirbeau Directed by Jean Bouchaud

    l'Amante et la Femme

    Studio

  • Rodogune

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jacques Rosner

    Cléopâtre

    Richelieu

  • George Dandin

    by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Mrs de Sotenville

    Richelieu

1997-1998

  • Rodogune

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jacques Rosner

    Cléopâtre

    Richelieu

  • La Tête dans les nuages

    by Marc Delaruelle Directed by Jean Bouchaud

    Mater

    Vx-Colombier

1996-1997

  • Les Reines

    by Normand Chaurette Directed by Joël Jouanneau

    la Reine Elisabeth, reine d'Angleterre, femme d'Edouard

    Vx-Colombier

  • Phèdre

    by Jean Racine Directed by Anne Delbée

    Phèdre

    Richelieu

1995-1996

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Arsinoé

    Richelieu

  • Phèdre

    by Jean Racine Directed by Anne Delbée

    Phèdre

    Richelieu

1994-1995

  • Bajazet

    by Jean Racine Directed by Éric Vigner

    Roxane

    Vx-Colombier

1993-1994

  • Caligula

    by Albert Camus Directed by Youssef Chahine

    Caesonia

    Richelieu

  • La Glycine

    by Serge Rezvani Directed by Jean Lacornerie

    la Femme peintre

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Canard sauvage

    by Henrik Ibsen Directed by Alain Françon

    Gina Ekdal

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • Elle est là et Le Silence

    by Nathalie Sarraute Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    F3 (Le Silence)

    Vx-Colombier

  • Caligula

    by Albert Camus Directed by Youssef Chahine

    Caesonia

    Richelieu

  • Iphigénie

    by Jean Racine Directed by Yannis Kokkos

    Clytemnestre

    Richelieu

1991-1992

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Madame Sarti

    Richelieu

  • Caligula

    by Albert Camus Directed by Youssef Chahine

    Caesonia

    Richelieu

  • Iphigénie en Aulide

    Iphigenia in Aulis by Jean Racine Directed by Yannis Kokkos

    Clytemnestre

    Richelieu

1990-1991

  • Lorenzaccio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Georges Lavaudant

    La Marquise Cibo

    Richelieu

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Madame Sarti

    Richelieu

1989-1990

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Madame Sarti

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Arsinoé

    Richelieu

  • Lorenzaccio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Georges Lavaudant

    La Marquise Cibo

    Richelieu

1988-1989

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Arsinoé

    Richelieu

  • La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu

    The Trojan War Shall not Be by Jean Giraudoux Directed by Raymond Gérôme

    Andromaque

    Richelieu

  • Nicomède

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Françoise Seigner

    Laodice

    Richelieu

  • Esther

    by Jean Racine Directed by Françoise Seigner

    Esther

    Richelieu

1987-1988

1986-1987

  • Esther

    by Jean Racine Directed by Françoise Seigner

    Esther

    Richelieu

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