Thierry
Hancisse

486e sociétaire

While preparing for his agrégation at the Liège Institut Supérieur des Arts Plastiques, Thierry Hancisse trained at the Liège Académie théâtrale prior to enrolling at the Cours Florent in Paris. In 1985, he made his debut at the Comédie-Française as a supporting artist in Goldoni’s The Impressario from Smyrna directed by Jean-Luc Boutté. He became a pensionnaire the following year and was appointed the 486th sociétaire on the 1st of January 1993. He has interpreted Alonso in Shakespeare’s The Tempest staged by Robert Carsen, Theseus in Seneca’s Phaedra by Louise Vignaud, Ernesto Roma in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Katharina Thalbach and Mathieu in Feydeau’s The Free Exchange Hotel (L’Hôtel du Libre-Échange) by Isabelle Nanty. He reunited with Jean-Luc Boutté several times, notably on Molière’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme; Racine’s Britannicus where he carried the title role; Beaumarchais’ The Barber of Seville (Le Barbier de Séville); Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse; as well as on two comedies by Molière: L’Impromptu de Versailles and Les Précieuses Ridicules. His career has been marked by encounters with renowned directors. Alexander Lang cast him as his Prince of Homburg in Heinrich von Kleist’s play of the same name, his Mephistopheles in Goethe’s Faust and a young Templar knight in Lessing’s Nathan the Wise. Jacques Lassalle directed him in Figaro Gets a Divorce by Ödön von Horváth, Don Juan or the Feast with the Statue (Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre) and The School for Wives (L'École des femmes) allby Molière; Lukas Hemleb cast him in Le Dindon by Georges Feydeau and The Misanthrope by Molière; Anatoli Vassiliev directed him in Amphitryon by Molière and in La Musica, La Musica deuxième (1965-1985) by Marguerite Duras; whereas Alain Françon cast him in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Having directed him in Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, Laurent Pelly offered him the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Théâtre national de Toulouse. As a director, Thierry Hancisse has staged The School for Husbands (L’École des maris) and The Imaginary Cuckold (Sganarelle ou le Cocu imaginaire) both by Molière, L’Inattendu by Fabrice Melquiot and the Cabaret Georges Brassens.

Outside the Comédie-Française, he completed direction, scenography and costumes for Michel de Ghelderode’s Escurial presented in Namur in 1983. José Luis Gomez directed him in Calderón’s Life is a Dream at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, and he played the title role in Paul Claudel’s Tête d’Or, firstunder the direction of Marianne Lewandowski, and later, in 2006, in Anne Delbée’s staging at the Comédie-Française.

His most notable appearances on film have been for: Danièle Thompson in Season’s Beatings (La Bûche); Costa-Gavras in The Ax (Le Couperet); Patrice Chéreau in Gabrielle; Niels Arestrup in Le Candidat; Zoe Cassavetes in Broken English; Bernard Bellefroid in The Boat Race (La Régate); Woody Allen in Midnight in Paris; Joann Sfar in The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (La Dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil) andWalid Mattar in Northern Wind (Vent du Nord).

In 1994, Thierry Hancisse won the Grand Prix Gérard Philipe de la Ville de Paris. He is Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

During the 2018-2019 season, Thierry Hancisse plays in Bergman’s Fanny and Alexandre directed by Julie Deliquet and in the reruns of Victor Hugo’s Lucrezia Borgia staged by Denis Podalydès and of Feydeau’s The Free Exchange Hotel (L’Hôtel du Libre-Échange) staged by Isabelle Nanty.

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A Flea in her ear
by Georges Feydeau
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Richelieu

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La Vie de Galilée

Life of Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Éric Ruf

Richelieu

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Portrait d'acteur : Thierry Hancisse

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Being together and being oneself, at one time, in one place, in one entity

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At the Comédie-Française

2019-2020

2018-2019

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Éric Ruf

    le Cardinal Inquisiteur et Marchand

    Richelieu

  • Journées particulières

    SPECIAL DAYS / Once upon a time at the Comédie-Française: Talma, art and politics

    Vx-Colombier

  • Fanny et Alexandre

    Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman Directed by Julie Deliquet

    Edvard Vergerus, évêque

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Gubetta (Alternating)

    Richelieu

2017-2018

  • Phèdre

    by Sénèque Directed by Louise Vignaud

    Thésée

    Studio

  • La Résistible Ascension d'Arturo Ui

    The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Katharina Thalbach

    Ernesto Roma

    Richelieu

  • La Tempête

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

    Alonso, roi de Naples

    Richelieu

  • L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange

    The Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau Directed by Isabelle Nanty

    Mathieu

    Richelieu

2016-2017

  • L'Hôtel du Libre-Échange

    The Free Exchange Hotel by Georges Feydeau Directed by Isabelle Nanty

    Mathieu (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Résistible Ascension d'Arturo Ui

    The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Katharina Thalbach

    Ernesto Roma

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Gubetta

    Richelieu

  • Intérieur

    Interior by Maurice Maeterlinck Directed by Nâzim Boudjenah

    The Oldster

    Studio

  • Père

    The Father by August Strindberg Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

    Le pasteur, frère de Laura

    Richelieu

2015-2016

  • Un fil à la patte

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

    Le Général

    Richelieu

  • La Musica, La Musica deuxième...

    by Marguerite Duras Directed by Anatoli Vassiliev

    He

    Vx-Colombier

  • Père

    The Father by August Strindberg Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

    Le pasteur, frère de Laura

    Richelieu

2014-2015

  • Un fil à la patte

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

    Le Général

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Don Alphonse d’Este

    Richelieu

  • Les Estivants

    The Summer Folk by Maxime Gorki Directed by Gérard Desarthe

    Souslov, Piotr Ivanovitch – ingénieur

    Richelieu

  • Jean Jaurès

    Lecture au Panthéon : Jean Jaurès

    Panthéon

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

  • L'Opéra de quat'sous

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

    Mackie Messer

    Richelieu

  • Un fil à la patte

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

    Le Général

    Richelieu

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière directed by Bruno Bayen

    Chrysale

    Vx-Colombier

2009-2010

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    de Guiche (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Le Banquet

    by Platon Directed by Jacques Vincey

    Apollodore, Aristodème, Phèdre, Socrate and Diotime

    Studio

  • Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor

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

    Messire Hughes Evans

    Richelieu

  • Figaro divorce

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

    Pédrille

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • La Dispute

    A Matter of Dispute by Marivaux Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    The Prince

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Voyage de Monsieur Perrichon

    by Eugène Labiche Directed by Julie Brochen

    The Commander

    Vx-Colombier

2007-2008

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Alceste

    Richelieu

  • Penthésilée

    Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist Directed by Jean Liermier

    Ulysse (à partir de mi-mars)

    Richelieu

2006-2007

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Alceste

    Richelieu

  • Sur la grand-route

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Guillaume Gallienne

    Iégor Mérik, vagabond

    Studio

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Mr Purgon, Mr Bonnefoy and Mr Fleurant

    Richelieu

2005-2006

  • Tête d'Or

    by Paul Claudel Directed by Anne Delbée

    Tête d'Or

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Mr Purgon (alternating)

    Richelieu

2004-2005

2003-2004

2002-2003

  • Monsieur de Pourceaugnac

    by Molière Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Premier Médecin, un Avocat, un Suisse

    Vx-Colombier

  • Ruy Blas

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman

    Ruy Blas

    Richelieu

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Pontagnac (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Sganarelle

    Richelieu

2001-2002

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Sganarelle (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Amphitryon

    by Molière Directed by Anatoli Vassiliev

    Sosie

    Richelieu

  • Monsieur de Pourceaugnac

    by Molière Directed by Philippe Adrien

    Premier Médecin, un Avocat, un Suisse

    Vx-Colombier

2000-2001

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Mr Bonnefoy et Mr Fleurant

    Richelieu

1999-2000

  • Chat en poche

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Tiburce

    Vx-Colombier

  • Amorphe d'Ottenburg

    by Jean-Claude Grumberg Directed by Jean-Michel Ribes

    Amorphe d'Ottenburg

    Richelieu

  • L'École des maris

    The School for Husbands by Molière Directed by Thierry Hancisse

    Sganarelle and the Captain (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • La Cerisaie

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Lopakhine

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Faust

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Directed by Alexander Lang

    Méphistophélès

    Richelieu

  • Mère Courage et ses enfants

    Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Le cuisinier

    Richelieu

  • La Cerisaie

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Lopakhine

    Richelieu

1997-1998

  • La Cerisaie

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Lopakhine

    Richelieu

  • La Vie parisienne

    by Jacques Offenbach Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Raoul de Gardefeu

    Richelieu

  • Nathan le Sage

    Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraïm Lessing Directed by Alexander Lang

    un Jeune Templier

    Richelieu

1996-1997

  • Clitandre

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Géronte

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Clitandre

    Richelieu

1995-1996

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Clitandre

    Richelieu

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Marcel Courbois

    Richelieu

  • Le Prince de Hombourg

    The Prince of Homburg by Heinrich von Kleist Directed by Alexander Lang

    le Prince de Hombourg

    Richelieu

1994-1995

  • Le Prince de Hombourg

    The Prince of Homburg by Heinrich von Kleist Directed by Alexander Lang

    le Prince de Hombourg

    Richelieu

  • Occupe-toi d'Amélie

    Take care of Amélie by Georges Feydeau Directed by Roger Planchon

    Marcel Courbois, Mouilletu (alternating)

    Richelieu

1993-1994

  • Le Prince de Hombourg

    The Prince of Homburg by Heinrich von Kleist Directed by Alexander Lang

    le Prince de Hombourg

    Odéon

  • Hamlet

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Georges Lavaudant

    Laërte (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Les Précieuses ridicules

    The Affected Young Ladies by Molière Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Mascarille

    Richelieu

  • L'Impromptu de Versailles

    The Versailles Impromptu by Molière Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Molière

    Richelieu

  • Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre

    Dom Juan or the Feast with the Statue by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Dom Carlos (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • Antigone

    by Sophocle Directed by Otomar Krejca

    Hémon

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • Les Précieuses ridicules

    The Affected Young Ladies by Molière Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Mascarille

    Richelieu

  • L'Impromptu de Versailles

    The Versailles Impromptu by Molière Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Molière

    Richelieu

  • Le Roi s'amuse

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    M. de Gordes

    Richelieu

  • Caligula

    by Albert Camus Directed by Youssef Chahine

    Scipion (en alternance)

    Richelieu

1991-1992

1990-1991

  • La Tragédie du Roi Christophe

    The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aimé Césaire Directed by Idrissa Ouédraogo

    Métellus

    Richelieu

  • Le Barbier de Séville

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Figaro (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Lorenzaccio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Georges Lavaudant

    Pierre Strozzi (en alternance)

    Richelieu

1989-1990

  • La Mère coupable

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent

    le Chevalier Léon

    Richelieu

  • Britannicus

    by Jean Racine Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    Britannicus

    Richelieu

  • Comme il vous plaira

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Lluis Pasqual

    Silvius

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Acaste

    Richelieu

  • Lorenzaccio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Georges Lavaudant

    Julien Salviati

    Richelieu

  • Amour pour amour

    by William Congreve Directed by André Steiger

    Benjamin

    Richelieu

1988-1989

1987-1988

1986-1987

  • Polyeucte

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Fabian

    Richelieu

  • Turcaret

    by Alain-René Lesage Directed by Yves Gasc

    le Chevalier

    Richelieu

  • Le Songe d'une nuit d'été

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Directed by Jorge Lavelli

    Une fée

    Richelieu

1985-1986

  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme

    The Bourgeois Gentleman by Molière Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    le Garçon tailleur

    Richelieu

1984-1985

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