The 33rd edition of the Molières ceremony ("the Caesars of the theater") took place at the Folies Bergère, in Paris, on May 30, 2022. In the presence of Laetitia Casta, Vanessa Paradis, and Alex Wizorek at the presentation, this ceremony
coincided with the 400th anniversary of Molière's birth.
Humor, musical comedy and magical shows won the prize list.
The point in pictures.
Introducing the ceremony, Belgian comedian Alex Vizorek of
made a joke about the fee (the tax that finances the audiovisual public service that Emmanuel Macron wants to abolish) in front of Delphine Ernotte, the president of France Télévisons, and the new Minister of Culture.
Rima Abdul Malak, the new Minister of Culture, attempted a smile.
This 33rd edition was also overtaken by the MeToo wave at the theatre, with a rally attended by feminist activist Alice Coffin and actress Adèle Haenel in front of the Folies Bergère during the ceremony, at the call of a collective which denounces sexual and gender-based violence in the environment.
Isabelle Carré, the president of the ceremony, advised the reading of #metootheatre in her speech.
Big named stars, such as Isabelle Adjani, Vanessa Paradis, Laetitia Casta or Pierre Arditi, left empty-handed from this ceremony.
A tribute was also paid to Michel Bouquet, tutelary figure of French theater and cinema who died on April 13 at the age of 96, by the actor Fabrice Luchini.
Laetitia Casta presented an honorary Molière to her theater “master”.
It was awarded to a heavyweight of the scene, the actor Jacques Weber.
Barbara Schulz received Molière from the actress in a private theater performance in
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare, directed by Léna Bréban.
Best male revelation for Benoît Cauden in
by Mel Brooks, directed by Alexis Michalik.
According to figures from the Association for the support of private theater cited by the newspaper
, theater attendance in the first quarter of 2022 is down 44% compared to 2019.
, about a couple during the Cold War who want to run away and move to the West, won the Molière for comedy and the best private theater actor (Maxime d'Aboville).
"It is not by staying in front of our screens waiting for meal deliverers that we will triumph over our anxieties... It is by laughing or crying, by sharing our emotions in a theater", pleaded the president of this edition, the actress Isabelle Carré, at the start of the evening broadcast on France 3.
It was the Shakespearian comedy
As You Like It
, in a version by Léna Bréban, which dominated this evening, with four statuettes: best private theater show, best private staging, best private theater actress (Barbara Schulz ), best actress in a supporting role (Ariane Mourier).
The most coveted couple of directors of the moment, Christian Hecq and Valérie Lesort, won two statuettes (visual creation and staging for a public theater show) for
Le Voyage de Gulliver
, a show that enchanted children and big in January.
Henri Des even made an appearance to present the Molière for young audiences.
Nicolas Lumbreras in
The Race of the Giants
by Mélody Mourey, directed by Mélody Mourey, received the Molière for Actor in a Supporting Role.
Les Gros skate well – cardboard cabaret by
Pierre Guillois and Olivier Martin-Salvan, directed by Pierre Guillois and Olivier Martin-Salvan, won the Molière du Théâtre Public.