Shakespearian comedy As you would likein a version by Léna Bréban, dominated the prestigious Molières ceremony which rewards the world of theatre, winning four statuettes on Monday, May 30: best private theater show, best private staging, best theater actress private (Barbara Schulz), best actress in a supporting role (Ariane Mourier).
Humor, musical comedy and magical shows won the prize list at this ceremony, which coincided with the 400e anniversary of Molière’s birth, but also with a drop in cinema attendance.
“It is not by staying in front of our screens waiting for the meal deliverers that we will triumph over our anxieties… It is by laughing or crying, by sharing our emotions in a theater”pleaded the president of this edition, the actress Isabelle Carré, at the start of the evening broadcast on France 3. According to figures from the Association for the support of private theater cited by the newspaper The echoesattendance in the first quarter of 2022 was down 44% compared to 2019.
In addition to Léna Bréban’s show, this 33e edition also rewarded another comedy, Berlin Berlin. This story about a couple who, during the Cold War, wanted to flee and move to the West, won the Molière for comedy and the best actor in private theater (Maxime d’Aboville).
As for the musical The producers, in a staging by the gifted French theater artist Alexis Michalik, she won two Molières (best musical show and male revelation for Benoît Cauden).
The most coveted couple of directors of the moment, Christian Hecq and Valérie Lesort, won two statuettes (visual creation and staging for a public theater show) for Gulliver’s Journeya show that delighted young and old in January.
But, as expected, this ceremony was overtaken by the #metoo wave at the theatre, with a rally attended by feminist activist Alice Coffin and actress Adèle Haenel in front of the Folies Bergère during the ceremony, at the call of the collective # metootheatre which denounces sexual and gender-based violence in the community.
A call to appoint a referent or referent for sexual violence
Inside the room, calls have been made to move the lines. “You still don’t know what’s going on inside your theaters”, said actress Nathalie Mann, representing “Actresses and actors of France associated” on stage. She called to “to appoint a referent or a referent” for sexual and gender-based violence in theatrical institutions, as is the case on film sets.
Pauline Bureau, who won the Molière award for living French-speaking author for her play on a women’s football team, recalled that “18% of public money goes to companies run by women” and called on the new Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, present in the room, to make it her hobbyhorse.
Despite the seriousness of the topics covered, including tributes to Ukraine, master of ceremonies and humorist Alex Vizorek tried to inject humor throughout the evening, immediately telling the audience gathered in the Folies Bergere in Paris: “I hope everyone was able to return, and that it was not the Stade de France”in reference to the incidents that occurred on Saturday near the Dionysian enclosure during the final of the Champions League football.
Big named stars, such as Isabelle Adjani, Vanessa Paradis, Laetitia Casta or Pierre Arditi, left empty-handed from this ceremony, which had been organized without an audience in 2020 and then canceled last year because of the Covid.
And a tribute was paid to Michel Bouquet, tutelary figure of French theater and cinema, who died on April 13 at the age of 96, and an honorary Molière was awarded to a heavyweight on the stage, the actor Jacques Weber.