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With its notable plays, renowned actors, and prestigious stages around Anjou, the Festival d’Anjou has been showcasing magical moments under the stars every June for the past 70 years.
At the Heart of Angevine Culture
With nearly 350 professional and amateur groups, 30+ shows, and over 25,000 spectators each year, France’s second-largest outdoor theatre festival seduces with its diverse programme. Another testament to its success? The participation and enthusiasm of famous artists that have helmed the festival: Albert Camus, Jean-Claude Brialy (a hometown boy), and more recently Nicolas Briançon and Jean Robert-Charrier.
Since its start in 1950, this summertime festival is held in châteaux and historic monuments in Anjou including the Château du Plessis-Macé, the Abbaye de Fontevraud, and the Château de Samur.
You can also see stars at the Théâtre Saint-Louis in Cholet, at the Arènes in Doué-en-Anjou, at the Grand Théâtre d'Angers, at the Cloître Toussaint, and at the Théâtre Bouvet-Ladubay.
More than its top-notch programme and a showcase for original work, the festival is also an important meeting place centred on live performance art. Created in 2005, the Concours des Compagnies supports professional theatre groups. For the past two years, the Festival d’Anjou has also stretched into other seasons with the Hivernales: a series of plays that run at the Grand Théâtre d’Angers between October and May.
More information: festivaldanjou.com