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Since 2012, the Théâtre des Muses has offered Monaco a rich and varied programme, with something for both adults and children.

Monaco’s Théâtre des Muses is the story of an old bakery in the Moneghetti district, which was transformed into a performance hall. This intimate venue, with a capacity of around a hundred, was opened to the public in 2012 after three years of renovation work.

It is the brainchild of theatre enthusiast Anthéa Sogno. The Monegasque denizen, actress and director wanted to “create a place in Monaco where actors and the public could come together and interact”. It is a friendly venue where the bread oven still takes pride of place at the back of the stage, sharing the space with red velvet chairs and Belle Époque furnishings. It is a venue where actors can chat to audience members over a drink at the end of the performance.

I joined the world of theatre as one might join a religion. My aim was to increase the number of people in Monaco who enjoyed theatre, who came to take classes and to watch performances.

Anthéa Sogno, Director of the Théâtre des Muses.

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From classics and Commedia dellarte to activist theatre, the varied programme presented by the Théâtre des Muses complements that of the Théâtre Princesse Grace. It features primarily plays selected during the Avignon Festival, one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world (the Off festival includes more than 1,300 plays and 1,000 theatre companies!).

Since it was first opened, the stage at the Théâtre des Muses has hosted the giant of French theatre that is Philippe Caubère, as well as Molière award-winning actor and director Alexis Michalik.

The Monegasque theatre also features the creations of Anthéa Sogno, inspired by Sacha Guitry and Juliette Drouet, Victor Hugo’s muse and lover. Victor Hugo mon amour [Victor Hugo My Love] highlights the story of this couple’s love affair, fuelled by some 23,650 letters that mix desire, jealousy and exile. Keen to foster a love of the performing arts from a young age, the theatre also offers plays aimed at children.

In 2016, the Théâtre des Muses gained “a little brother in Avignon” – Anthéa Sogno is also director of La Condition des Soies, a former silk processing factory which has become a leading venue of the Avignon Off festival.

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