Véronique
Vella

479e sociétaire

Having trained at the Classe Libre of the Cours Florent, Véronique Vella became a pensionnaire of the Comédie-Française on the 15th of March 1988.

She was appointed the 479th sociétaire on the 1st of January 1989. She was noticed early on for playing in Molière’s comedies. She interpreted Julie in Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Pierre Mondy; Basque in Le Misanthrope and Martine in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes savantes) by Simon Eine; Mariane in The Miser (L'Avare) by Jean-Paul Roussillon; Angélique in The Imaginary Invalid (LeMalade imaginaire) by Gildas Bourdet; Julie in La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas by Jacques Lassalle; Dorine in Tartuffe by Marcel Bozonnet; and Marotte in Les Précieuses ridicules by Dan Jemmett. She met prominent directors who helped her hone her acting skills. Early in her career, Françoise Seigner entrusted her the role of the singer in Jean Racine’s Esther. Antoine Vitez directed herin Figaro’s Marriage (Le Mariage deFigaro) by Beaumarchais and Laurent Pelly in The Threepenny Opera (L'Opéra de quat'sous) by Bertolt Brecht. She also played under the direction of Valère Novarina, first in L'Espace furieux at the Comédie-Française, and later in L’Acte inconnu at the Festival d’Avignon and the Théâtre national de la Colline. Jean-Luc Boutté cast her in Le Roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo; Denis Podalydès in Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand; Marc Paquien in La Voix humaine, following La Dame de Monte-Carlo by Jean Cocteau and Antigone by Jean Anouilh; and Jérôme Deschamps in Un fil à la patte by Feydeau.

Some directors have called on her several times. Daniel Mesguich first directed her in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, then in Shakespeare’s The Tempest before offering her Hermione’s part in Racine’s Andromache in 2000. Muriel Mayette-Holtz cast her in Les Amants puérils by Fernand Crommelynck, in Clitandre by Corneille, La Dispute by Marivaux and Mystère bouffe et fabulages (version 1 and version 2) by Dario Fo. After Gogol’s Marriage in 2012 and Marcel Aymé’s La Tête des autres the following year, Sergi Belbel’s play Après la pluie in 2017 was the third collaboration with the Swiss director Lilo Baur.

In 1992, Véronique Vella founded Paris! Cabaret!, one of the first French-made shows. In 2008, she staged Cabaret érotique at the Studio-Théâtre and is a regular performerin the various shows such as Boris Vian and Léo Ferré, Quatre femmes et un piano, and L'Interlope (cabaret). She directed the stage performance of Marcel Aymé’s two novels Le Loup followed by Le Cerf et Le Chien, as well as Psyché, a play by Molière.

Outside of the Comédie-Française, she staged Marivaux’s La Fausse suivante at the Théâtre 14, Marcel Aymé’s La Carte de temps at the Essaïon Théâtre, as well as a musical entitled René Guy Cadou, la cinquième saison. She also released an album of songs from the show Liberté couleur de feuilles (Véronique Vella sings René Guy Cadou). For the cinema, she filmed with Claude Berri in Hard Off (La Débandade) and with Gabriel Aghion in The Libertine (Le libertin).

Véronique Vella is Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) and of the National Order of Merit (chevalier de l'ordre national du Mérite).

During the 2018/2019 season, Véronique Vella will be playing in Bergman’s Fanny et Alexandre by Julie Deliquet. Her Grenier des acteurs is dedicated to José Luis Borges.

Currently in

La Vie de Galilée

Life of Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Éric Ruf

Richelieu

Tickets
Soon in

Forums

de Patrick Goujon, Hélène Grémillon, Maël Piriou
Devised and directed by Jeanne Herry

Vx-Colombier

Tickets

Patamusic-hall

after Boris Vian
devised, directed and performed by Serge Bagdassarian

Studio Marigny

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At the Comédie-Française

2019-2020

  • Patamusic-hall

    after Boris Vian devised, directed and performed by Serge Bagdassarian

    Studio Marigny

  • Forums

    de Patrick Goujon, Hélène Grémillon, Maël Piriou Devised and directed by Jeanne Herry

    Vx-Colombier

  • Portrait d'acteur : Véronique Vella

    PARADOXE(S) Being together and being oneself, at one time, in one place, in one entity

    Studio

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Éric Ruf

    Côme de Médicis, la Vieille Femme, la Première Dame de réputation internationale et...

    Richelieu

2018-2019

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Éric Ruf

    Côme de Médicis, la Vieille Femme, la Première Dame de réputation internationale et...

    Richelieu

  • Fanny et Alexandre

    Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman Directed by Julie Deliquet

    Lydia Ekdahl, épouse de Carl, allemande

    Richelieu

  • Véronique Vella / Jorge Luis Borges

    The Actors’ Attic

    Richelieu

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

  • La Tête des autres

    Other People's Heads by Marcel Aymé Directed by Lilo Baur

    Juliette Maillard

    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

    Anaïs, femme de Beauperthuis (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Antigone

    by Jean Anouilh Directed by Marc Paquien

    La Nourrice

    Richelieu

2013-2014

  • Antigone

    by Jean Anouilh Directed by Marc Paquien

    La Nourrice

    Richelieu

  • Psyché

    by Molière Directed by Véronique Vella

    Aglaure et Chœurs (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • 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

  • La Voix humaine, précédée de La Dame de...

    by Jean Cocteau Directed by Marc Paquien

    La Dame de Monte-Carlo

    Studio

  • Le Mariage

    The Wedding by Nikolaï Gogol Directed by Lilo Baur

    Arina Pantéleïmonovna (en alternance)

    Vx-Colombier

  • La Noce

    A Respectable Wedding by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Isabel Osthues

    La Sœur de la mariée

    Vx-Colombier

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

  • Vie du grand dom Quichotte et du gros...

    by Antonio José da Silva Directed by Émilie Valantin Transleted by Marie-Hélène Piwnik

    Teresa, Cochonette, Muse, Dame

    Richelieu

  • La Dispute

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

    Adine

    Vx-Colombier

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    le Tire-laine, la Duègne, Cadet, une Soeur (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2007-2008

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Le Tire-laine, la Duègne, Cadet, une Sœur (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Vie du grand dom Quichotte et du gros...

    by Antonio José da Silva Directed by Emilie Valantin Translated by Marie-Hélène Piwnik

    Teresa, Cochonette, Muse, Dame

    Richelieu

  • Les Précieuses ridicules

    The Affected Young Ladies by Molière Directed by Dan Jemmett

    Marotte

    Vx-Colombier

2005-2006

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    by Edmond Rostand Directed by Denis Podalydès

    le Tire-laine, la Duègne, Cadet, une Soeur

    Richelieu

  • L'Espace furieux

    by Valère Novarina Directed by Valère Novarina

    l'Enfant d'outrebref

    Richelieu

  • Les Bacchantes

    The Bacchantes by Euripide Directed by André Wilms

    le Choeur

    Richelieu

  • Tartuffe

    by Molière Directed by Marcel Bozonnet

    Dorine (en alternance)

    Richelieu

2004-2005

  • Les Bacchantes

    The Bacchantes by Euripide Directed by André Wilms

    le Choeur

    Richelieu

  • Bouli Miro

    by Fabrice Melquiot Directed by Christian Gonon

    Marie-Jeanne Clark et Hanna

    Studio

  • La Nuit des rois ou Ce que vous voulez

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

    Maria

    Richelieu

2003-2004

  • Bouli Miro

    by Fabrice Melquiot Directed by Christian Gonon

    Marie-Jeanne Clark et Hanna

    Studio

  • La Nuit des rois ou Ce que vous voulez

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

    Maria

    Richelieu

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Victor

    Richelieu

2002-2003

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Victor

    Richelieu

2001-2002

  • Opéra savon

    by Jean-Daniel Magnin Directed by Sandrine Anglade

    la Guide de musée Solange, Diana

    Vx-Colombier

  • Andromaque

    Andromache by Jean Racine Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Hermione

    Richelieu

2000-2001

1999-2000

1998-1999

1997-1998

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Martine

    Richelieu

  • La Tempête

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Ariel

    Richelieu

  • La Vie parisienne

    by Jacques Offenbach Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Gabrielle

    Richelieu

1996-1997

  • Jacques ou la soumission

    by Eugène Ionesco Directed by Simon Eine

    Jacqueline

    Studio

  • Clitandre

    by Pierre Corneille Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    The Queen

    Richelieu

1994-1995

  • Bajazet

    by Jean Racine Directed by Éric Vigner

    Zaïre

    Vx-Colombier

1993-1994

  • Les Amants puérils

    by Fernand Crommelynck Directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz

    Zulma

    Vx-Colombier

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Thérèse

    Richelieu

1992-1993

  • Le Faiseur

    by Honoré de Balzac Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Thérèse

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Gildas Bourdet

    Angélique

    Richelieu

  • Le Roi s'amuse

    by Victor Hugo Directed by Jean-Luc Boutté

    une Femme

    Richelieu

  • La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas

    by Molière Directed by Jacques Lassalle

    Julie

    Richelieu

1991-1992

1990-1991

  • Le Mariage de Figaro

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Fanchette

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Gildas Bourdet

    Angélique

    Odéon

  • Le Café

    by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jean-Louis Jacopin

    Vittoria

    Richelieu

1989-1990

1988-1989

  • L'Avare

    The Miser by Molière Directed by Jean-Paul Roussillon

    Mariane

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Basque

    Richelieu

  • Le Mariage de Figaro

    by Beaumarchais Directed by Antoine Vitez

    Fanchette

    Richelieu

  • La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu

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

    la Paix

    Richelieu

  • La Cagnotte

    by Eugène Labiche and Alfred Delacour Directed by Jean-Michel Ribes

    Blanche

    Richelieu

  • Esther

    by Jean Racine Directed by Françoise Seigner

    une Jeune fille du choeur

    Richelieu

  • Le Legs

    The Legacy by Marivaux Directed by Jacques Rosny

    Lisette

    Richelieu

  • La Poudre aux yeux

    by Eugène Labiche and Edouard Martin Directed by Pierre Mondy

    Emmeline

    Richelieu

  • Monsieur de Pourceaugnac

    by Molière Directed by Pierre Mondy

    Julie

    Richelieu

1987-1988

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