Set at the heart of the château de Fontainebleau, the Imperial Theatre - Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre, succeeds the former theatre that was situated in the Wing of the Beautiful Chimney. Built by Hector Lefuel (ordered by Napoléon III) between 1853 and 1856, this theatre was only used by the Second Empire about a dozen times, before its doors were closed for about a century and a half, thus protecting it from any modern developments that would’ve inevitably altered the historical location. After five years of careful restoration, the theatre is now revived with its original décor, ready to serve as a location for imperial parties.
Capacity : 80 people seated (20 people in the 1st level audience area, below the balcony – 60 in the lower orchestra-level seating area. If using the 1st level area, the historic furniture must be removed.)
Permitted events : Concerts, recitals, colloquiums, conferences, formal ceremonies.
Entrance : Through the Court of Honor
Avantages : Possibility of organizing a cocktail party or dinner in the Salle des Colonnes, la Galerie des Cerfs or the Salon des Fleurs.