The proscenium theatre of the Deauville Casino is, together with those Cherbourg and Lisieux, one of the three proscenium theatres of Basse Normandie. It was built in 1910 in the Casino by Eugène Cornuché who wanted to promote the town through a rich artistic program.


Casino Barrière theatre©Claude Doaré
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©Claude Doaré


It was inaugurated in 1912 by the "Ballets russes". The architecture found a source of inspiration into the Petit Trianon theatre of Versailles, reproducing the oval-shaped hall and the arch supporting the ceiling. The large balcony, set out in a horseshoe shape, is punctuated by high and grooved wooden columns. The toile de Jouy is the main decoration of the theatre, which maintained its original structure.

The theatre currently welcomes all the events of the Cultural Season of the City of Deauville and a program of shows proposed by the Casino Barrière. It regularly welcomes several shows during the festivals of Deauville. It can also be rented for private events.

©Claude Doaré

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For the casino inauguration in 1912, the first season of the new casino was glorious. Vaslav Nijinsky, flag bearer of the “Ballets russes”, symbol of a revolutionary choreographic format, performed on August 16th “Le spectre de la rose”.

> Renée Lamy, Jacqueline François, Suzy Solidor, Anny Gould performed here in 1948.

In July 1951, Juliette Greco won the “Grand prix de la chanson française” with “Je hais les dimanches”, based on a text written by Charles Aznavour.

> From 1949 to 1962, the Marquis de Cueva ballets performed here for 13 following seasons, achieving great success.

Edith Piaf was the star of the 1959 season.