La Criée, the very best of Marseille's creative minds

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La Criée, the very best of Marseille's creative minds

Behind the front wall of the building, listed as a historical monument, fish stalls have been replaced with a stage. Welcome to Marseille's emblematic city theatre.

Founded in 1981, the National Theatre of Marseille (Théâtre de la Criée) takes its name from the old fish market. Since 2011, the Centre Dramatique National has been headed by the director and visual artist Macha Makeïeff, the successor to some of the greatest names in French theatre history, including Marcel Maréchal, Gildas Bourdet and Jean-Louis Benoît. The curator, playwright, director and plastic artist undertook renovation works designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, to return the venue to its lustre of yesteryear. Its mandate is to be comprehensive, functional, and accessible to all, at any time of the day.

"I am convinced that La Criée must remain a great theatre for creation", says Macha Makeïeff. She takes advantage of every little space to put forward diverse creations. Behind its listed facade is the most beautiful stage in Marseille, along with 800 seats, plus 280 modular seats and a large hall. There are many spaces dedicated to the creations of young troupes and poets, visual art exhibitions, live concerts, and plastic art performances. In many ways, it is the creative core of a very creative city.

Théâtre de la Criée
30 quai de Rive Neuve
13007 Marseille

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