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Players, Mao II, The Names, Julien Gosselin, 2018 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

A production structure

The Festival d’Avignon is recognised for its capacity to produce and co-produce shows, thus helping companies finalise their production budgets and setting up tours. It supports the creation of new projects and helps companies in their dealings with co-producers, but also with local, national, and international authorities. With many international shows programmed at the Festival (65% in 2020), the production department of the Festival d’Avignon works in close collaboration with international teams to present those productions in their original language with French surtitles, focusing on the quality of the translation and surtitling, often commissioned specifically for the Festival.

Every year, the Festival co-produces over half the shows of its programme (60% in 2020). It can also lend material support thanks to LaFabricA and its workshops. Several residencies take place there over the winter and spring, some of which also include set building or engineering help to find technical solutions to artistic wishes. La FabricA welcomes artists for a total of over one hundred days of residencies every year.

La FabricA : A place for residencies, creation and artistic actions

Our productions

In addition to its work as a co-producer, the Festival d’Avignon produces its own shows, working as an executive producer for some of them. In that regard, the Festival is responsible for the financial and technical aspects of the production, serving as the employer of all artists, collaborators, and technicians working on the show. It also makes its Avignon workshops available for set building. Moreover, it also serves as a tour manager in France and abroad.

One of our shows is on tour un your theatre ? Access to our production area (restricted access, please contact us to get the password)

Shows currently on tour: By Heart,Catarina and the beauty of killing fascists, L'Addition

Written, directed and performed by Tiago Rodrigues
Creation 2013

Going blind, Tiago Rodrigues’s grandmother looks for a final book to learn by heart. So was born By Heart, this essential show.


Written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues
A 2020 production

What is a fascist? Is there a place for violence in the struggle for a better world? Can we violate the rules of democracy when we seek better ways to defend it?


Tour 2024:

April 19-20, 2024 - Schaubühne (Berlin, Germany) as part of the FIND Festival 2024

May 26 to 28, 2024 - Théâtre Jean Duceppe (Montreal, Canada) as part of Festival TransAmériques 2024

August 10, 2024 - Tampereen Työväen Teatteri (Tampere, Finland) as part of the Tampere Theatre Festival 2024

Written and directed by Tim Etchells
A 2023 production

A customer orders a drink and things go awry. With this scene tirelessly repeated by performers Bert & Nasi, Tim Etchells’s bill turns out to be steep indeed. Are we in a nightmare or in a comedy? 


By Anton Tchekhov / Directed by Tiago Rodrigues
A 2021 production

In this Chekhov play, Tiago Rodrigues has found great material with which to fuel his dramatic machine, break the fourth wall, and bring the audience together around the great challenges of today.


Catarina and the beauty of killing fascists, written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues (2020)

L'Addition, written and directed by Tim Etchells (2023)

L'œil présent, exhibition by Christophe Raynaud de Lage (2022-2023)

My Exalted youth, written and directed by Olivier Py (2022)

The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, directed by Tiago Rodrigues (2021)

FRATERNITY, A fantastic tale, written and directed by Caroline Guiela Nguyen (2021)

Hamlet in the imperative !, based on William Shakespeare, directed by Olivier Py (2021)

Endless Andromaque, by Jean Racine directed by Gwenaël Morin

Love Triumphant, written and directed by Olivier Py (2019)

The Odyssey, by Homer, created by Blandine Savetier (2019)

Friendship, directed by Irène Bonnaud (2019)

Macbeth philosopher, by William Shakespeare, created by Olivier Py and Enzo Verdet with the Centre pénitentiaire Avignon-Le Pontet (2019)

Pure Present, written and directed by Olivier Py (2018)

Ladies, Gentlemen and the reste of the world, created by David Bobée (2018)

Antigone, by Sophocles, created by Olivier Py with the Centre pénitentiaire Avignon-Le Pontet (2018)

A Lad’s Word, by Nadjette Boughalem with the Maison Pour Tous Champfleury (2018)

The Parisians, written and directed by Olivier Py (2017)

Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, created by Olivier Py with the Centre pénitentiaire Avignon-Le Pontet (2017)

We’ll have everything, created by Christiane Taubira and Anne-Laure Liégeois (2017)

Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, translated and directed by Olivier Py (2016)

Straight to the Heart, choreography by Thierry Thieû Niang (2016)

The Sky, the Night, and the Glorious Stone, created by La Piccola Familia (2016)

King Lear, by William Shakespeare, translated and directed by  Olivier Py (2015)

Plato’s Republic, adaptated by Alain Badiou, read by Valérie Dréville, Didier Galas, Grégoire Ingold (2015)

The Prince of Homburg, by Heinrich von Kleist, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti (2014)

Orlando or Impatience, written and directed by Olivier Py (2014)

The Girl, the Devil and the Mill, based on the brothers Grimm, written and directed by Olivier Py (2014)

Cour d'honneur, directed by Jérôme Bel (2013)

Walk about the Villages, written by Peter Handke, directed by Stanislas Nordey (2013)

Ultimate track, directed by Séverine Chavrier (2012)

At Least I Will Have Left a Beautiful Corpse, based on William Shakespeare, directed by Vincent Macaigne (2011)

Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, directed by Frédéric Fisbach (2011)

My Secret Garden, written by Falk Richter and Stanislas Nordey (2010)

The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare, directed by Jean-Baptiste Sastre (2010)

Papperlapapp, directed by Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock (2010)

Angelo, the Tyrant of Padua, by Victor Hugo, directed by Christophe Honoré (2009)

The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, directed by Amos Gitai (2009)

Break of Noon, by Paul Claudel, directed by Gaël Baron, Nicolas Bouchaud, Charlotte Clamens, Valérie Dréville, and Jean-François Sivadier (2008)

The Silence of the Communists, by Vittorio Foa, Miriam Mafai, and Alfredo Reichlin, directed by Jean-Pierre Vincent (2007)

Cruda, vuelta y vuelta, al punto, chamuscada, directed by Rodrigo García (2007)

Paso Doble, directed by Miquel Barceló and Josef Nadj (2006)

Léa Dony, Production and Booking Manager

Anne-Mathilde Di Tomaso, Director of Production

Providing exposure and lending its reputation

If the Festival d’Avignon welcomes tens of thousands of lovers of the performing arts every year, it counts among its spectators many French and international professionals attracted by the many productions and creations on offer, the international reputation of the event, but also by the chance it provides to meet other professionals, to talk about issues pertaining to the performing arts, and to acquire knowledge and skills. About 12% of our audience are professionals eager to discover our creations for their own programming needs. This is amplified by the large media coverage of the Festival (600 journalists every year, for a total of 3,000 reports and articles).

Being programmed at the Festival d’Avignon (which covers the exploitation and housing costs for invited companies) leads to a tenfold increase in the number of tour dates for a show. The shows seen at the Festival then travel the world, playing a part in the circulation of ideas and aesthetics, and in the economy of a sector. On average, two years after their appearance at the Festival d’Avignon (with its 100,000 spectators), the shows of any given edition put together have been seen by 500,000 spectators in over 300 cities. In other words, 1 festivalgoer means 2 spectators one year later and 5 two years later!

Maison des Professionnels

July 1 to 17, 2024

Every summer for more than 10 years, the Maison des professionnels has brought together representative institutions, professional organisations and operators from the cultural and performing arts sectors to learn about, exchange ideas, reflect on and debate the artistic, cultural, social and economic issues affecting the performing arts today and in the future.

Organised by the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle (ISTS), this event is aimed at all professionals working in the cultural sector, whether they are authors, artists, technicians or administrators.

From 1 to 17 July at the ISTS premises in the Cloître Saint-Louis.

Go to the Maison des professionnels website