Stéphane
Varupenne

528e sociétaire

Following his training in dramatic arts, as well as trombone and guitar at the Lille Conservatoire, Stéphane Varupenne enrolled at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris. He continued his training at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique until 2007, the year he was admitted at the Comédie-Française. He became sociétaire in 2015.

One of his first roles within the Company was the Journalist in Trois hommes dans un salon after an interview conducted by François-René Cristiani with Brel, Brassens and Ferré staged by Anne Kessler in 2008, a director he reunited with in 2015 for La Double inconstance by Marivaux. Muriel Mayette-Holtz directed him in Marivaux’s La Dispute, Dario Fo's Mystère bouffe et fabulages (version 1) and (version 2), Racine's Andromache and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Éric Ruf directed him in Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, while Denis Podalydès entrusted him with playing Le Bret in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and later Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo.

Varupenne’s work with renowned directors demonstrates his ability to embody a great range of characters. Stéphane Braunschweig offered him the title role in Racine’s Britannicus, Jean-Yves Ruf staged him as Troilus in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Jacques Lassalle entrusted him with the role of Alain in Molière’s The School for Wives (L’École des femmes), while Catherine Hiegel cast him as Valère in Molière’s The Miser (L’Avare). Alain Françon directed him in Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, and later in Edward Bond’s The Sea, while Jérôme Deschamps cast him in Un fil à la patte by Georges Feydeau. In order to work on Alfred Jarry’s Ubu roi in 2009, he reunited with Jean-Pierre Vincent who had directed him the year before in The School for Wives at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe. Julie Deliquet directed him in Vania after Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Robert Carsen offered him Caliban’s part when he staged Shakespeare’s The Tempest Salle Richelieu.

Within the Company, directors have put Stéphane Varupenne’s musical training to good use. He has participated in Chansons déconseillées written and directed by Philippe Meyer and in Cabaret Boris Vian by Serge Bagdassarian. He portrayed Mike Bloomfield in Comme une pierre qui… by Marie Rémond and Sébastien Pouderoux. In 2011, he played in Brecht’s Threepenny Opera directed by Laurent Pelly, and in 2016, in Le Cerf et le Chien after Marcel Aymé directed by Véronique Vella.

Outside of the Comédie-Française, Stéphane Varupenne has played in a number of orchestras, from big band jazz to those focusing on the French song. Over two seasons, he worked as an actor with the Paris Orchestra on educational concerts for school-aged children. He excelled when he recited as part of the Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse’s rendition of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and when the Opéra national de Paris staged a Guillaume Apollinaire’s homage interpreted by the tenor Yann Beuron. In September 2017, together with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, he presented Stravinsky’s Firebird at the Paris Philharmonic.

Along with collaborations with Dominique Cabrera et Anne Villacèque on television, Valéria Bruni Tedeschi directed Stéphane Varupenne in her adaptation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters and Zabou Breitman worked with him on the Paris etc. series which was broadcast in 2017. On film, he could be seen in features directed by Alix Delporte, Roschdy Zem and Michel Hazanavicius.

During the 2018/2019 season, Stéphane Varupenne will be playing in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Or What You Will by Thomas Ostermeier, Goldoni’s La Locandiera by Alain Françon and Les Serge (Gainsbourg Point Barre) written and directed with Sébastien Pouderoux and in the rerun of Racine’s Britannicus by Stéphane Braunschweig.

Currently 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

Britannicus

by Jean Racine
Directed by Stéphane Braunschweig

Richelieu

Soon in

La Locandiera

The Mistress of The Inn
by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Alain Françon

Richelieu

Les Serge (Gainsbourg point barre)

Conception Stéphane Varupenne and
Sébastien Pouderoux

Studio

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At the Comédie-Française

2018-2019

2017-2018

  • Roméo et Juliette

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Éric Ruf

    Tybalt (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Britannicus

    by Jean Racine Directed by Stéphane Braunschweig

    Britannicus

    Richelieu

  • La Résistible Ascension d'Arturo Ui

    by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Katharina Thalbach

    Le Jeune Hindsborough et Ignace Dollfoot (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Tempête

    by William Shakespeare French adaptation by Jean-Claude Carrière Directed by Robert...

    Caliban, sauvage asservi par Prospero

    Richelieu

  • Le Cerf et le Chien

    from Les Contes du chat perché (The Wonderful Farm) by Marcel Aymé Directed by Véronique...

    Le Bœuf

    Studio

  • Les Journées particulières (Special...

    Into the Repertoire time machine

    Vx-Colombier

  • Vania

    after Uncle Vanya by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Julie Deliquet

    Mikhaïl Lvovitch Astrov, médecin

    Vx-Colombier

2016-2017

2015-2016

  • Un fil à la patte

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Bois d’Enghien

    Richelieu

  • Britannicus

    by Jean Racine Directed by Stéphane Braunschweig

    Britannicus

    Richelieu

  • La Mer

    by Edward Bond Directed by Alain Françon

    Hollarcut

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Maffio Orsini (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Bret (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Phèdre

    Directeur artistique : Eric Génovèse Réalisation : Blandine Masson, Sophie-Aude Picon

    Hippolyte, fils de Thésée et d’Antiope, reine des Amazones

    Maison de la Radio

  • La Double Inconstance

    by Marivaux Directed by Anne Kessler

    Arlequin

    Richelieu

  • La Résurrection rouge et blanche de...

    Vagabond Readings # 1

    Vx-Colombier

  • Comme une pierre qui...

    by Greil Marcus (adapted by Marie Rémond and Sébastien Pouderoux) Directed by Marie...

    Mike Bloomfield

    Studio

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Bret (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Cabaret Boris Vian

    by Boris Vian Directed by Serge Bagdassarian

    Studio

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Andreï Sergueïevitch Prozorov

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Valère

    Richelieu

  • Andromaque

    by Jean Racine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Pylade, ami d’Oreste

    Richelieu

  • Troïlus et Cressida

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Jean-Yves Ruf

    Troïlus

    Richelieu

  • Les Trois petits cochons

    by Thomas Quillardet Directed by Thomas Quillardet

    Un petit cochon

    Studio

  • L'École des femmes

    by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Alain

    Richelieu

  • Antigone

    by Jean Anouilh Directed by Marc Paquien

    Le Garde

    Vx-Colombier

2011-2012

  • Peer Gynt

    by Henrik Ibsen Directed by Éric Ruf

    Un Garçon de la noce, un Troll, Master Cotton, un Singe, le Cuisinier, le Fondeur de...

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage de Figaro ou la Folle Journée

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Christophe Rauck

    Le Comte

    Richelieu

  • Andromaque

    by Jean Racine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Pylade, ami d'Oreste

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Valère

    Richelieu

  • Chansons déconseillées

    by Philippe Meyer Directed by Philippe Meyer

    Studio

2010-2011

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Ladislas, Lepeuple, M. Fédorovitch, Giron, Paysan, Armée russe

    Richelieu

  • Trois hommes dans un salon – Brel,...

    by François-René Cristiani Directed by Anne Kessler

    The Journalist

    Studio

  • L'Opéra de quat'sous

    by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill Directed by Laurent Pelly

    Walter, Un mendiant et Un flic

    Richelieu

  • Stéphane Varupenne

    Carte blanche

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrés Lima

    L'Aubergiste (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Un tramway nommé désir

    by Tennessee Williams Directed by Lee Breuer

    le Tromboniste, la Femme mexicaine et l’Inconnue (l’Infirmière)

    Richelieu

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Vladimir Karlovitch Rode, sous-lieutenant

    Richelieu

  • Andromaque

    by Jean Racine Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Pylade, ami d’Oreste

    Richelieu

  • L'Avare

    by Molière Directed by Catherine Hiegel

    Valère

    Richelieu

2009-2010

2008-2009

  • Ubu roi

    by Alfred Jarry Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Ladislas, Lepeuple, M. Fédorovitch, Giron, Paysan, Armée russe

    Richelieu

  • La Dispute

    by Marivaux Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Mesrin

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Voyage de Monsieur Perrichon

    by Eugène Labiche Directed by Julie Brochen

    Armand

    Vx-Colombier

  • Fanny

    by Marcel Pagnol Directed by Irène Bonnaud

    Marius, le Facteur et le Parisien

    Vx-Colombier

2007-2008

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