Théâtre de l’Archipel, Perpignan

by Courtney O’Brien-Brown



There is an exciting new addition to the Perpignan skyline. If you have been to Perpignan in the last few months you would have noticed a large construction site along Avenue Général Leclerc and a giant concrete bubble. This bubble is destined to become ‘the grenat,’ a large theatre space accommodating 1100 guests and the future venue of the Théâtre de l’Archipel. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the theatre will bring a touch of prestige to the previously rundown edge of the city.

This week Jean-Paul Alduy, President of the Board of Directors, and Domènec Reixach, Director of the Théâtre de l’Archipel, along with other representatives, gave the presentation of the season and an update on the progress of the project.  There have been numerous hurdles in trying to finish “the grenat.”  Jean-Paul eagerly declared that a solution has finally been found for the troublesome outer layer of the building and the theatre will officially open on the 10th October 2011. In the meantime, performances will continue to be held at the El Mediator theatre.

The new theatre and cultural precinct is designed to be an artistic & cultural hub for the city. Welcoming local and international artists, it is hoped the precinct will encourage a spirit of multiculturalism and social tolerance.

There is something for everyone in the season line-up including theatre, dance, circus, opera, classical & contemporary music, as well as a special program for children. Some of the artists performing include Eric Cantona, Thomas Dutronc and Yael Naim. Ticket prices range from 11€ to 40€.

For ticket and performance information you can visit the theatre website: Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.

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