In 2007 the Théâtre de la Huchette celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Ionesco Show playing in the Théâtre de la Huchette. On February 16, 1957 La Cantatrice chauve and La Leçon reunited for a run that was only supposed to last a month… 50 years later the Ionesco Show performed for the 15,755th time.
The theatre marked the occasion beginning with a week of readings of the works of contemporary playwrights, followed by two panel discussions on the topic Creation in the face of criticism and The end of little theatres?
The highlight was the special casting lined up for La Cantatrice chauve the week of February 16, 2007. Nicolas Bataille, Simone Mozet and Odette Barrois reprised their roles as Mr and Mrs Smith and the Maid nearly 57 years after their first performance together May 10, 1950.
March 5, 2007 an exceptional evening was held at the city hall of Paris’s 5th arrondissement. In front of an audience of 400 people the troupe and select VIP guests presented a colourful show while the experimental photographic organization chart 57/60 was projected. Directed by Gauthier Fages and based on an idea by Armel de Lorme, this chart was put together with the participation of the actors that have been a part of the Ionesco Show since 1957.
October 2nd the Bibliotèque nationale de France also marked the anniversary of this incredible theatrical success by organizing an evening and showing exclusive clips of La Cantatrice chauve and La Leçon that had been filmed in 1965 by Jean Ravel and produced by Marin Karmitz. As an introduction the actors of the Huchette performed L’Impromput de la Bnf, a short play written especially for the event by Gonzague Phelip and directed by Guy Moign. It was also an occasion to celebrate the publication of the book Le fabuleux roman du Theatre de la Huchette by Gonzague Phelip and published with Editions Gallimard.