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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: Catarina and the beauty of killing fascists, L'Addition, The Cherry Orchard, My exalted youth

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?


2023 Tour dates:
- 4 - 8 December : Onassis Cultural Center, Athens (GRE)
- 15 - 16 December : deSingel, Antwerp (BE)

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? 


2023 Tour dates:

  • 5, 6 and 7 December 2023 - La Vignette Scène conventionnée Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier)

  • 14 and 15 December2023 - Théâtre Alibi (Bastia)

  • From 30 January to 3 February 2024 - Théâtre Silvia Monfort (Paris)

  • 13 March 2024 - Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la diversité linguistique

  • 20 and 21 March 2024 - Centre culturel André Malraux Scène nationale de Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy.

  • 26 March 2024 - Grrranit Scène nationale de Belfort

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)

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!

The house of professionals

The Institut supérieur des techniques du spectacle (ISTS) and the Festival d'Avignon welcome at the Cloître Saint-Louis the Maison des professionnels in the framework of the Café des idées.

The Festival d'Avignon and the ISTS, with their partners, wish to gather all the structures of the performing arts sector around meetings, workshops and professional exchanges. In this sense, they offer, by pooling their skills, a public service of culture open to all professionals and to all professions of the sector.

More broadly, the Maison des professionnels is part of the Café des idées. In a spirit of encounter, proximity, hospitality and high standards, a Republic of Ideas in motion is being invented, and a centre of hospitality is being established where we can meet each day of the Festival, celebrating freedom of thought and the joy of being together.

- priority access to reservations for work spaces and public meetings
- technical services adapted to their events (wifi connection, video-projection, sound system...)
- shared work space
- reception service for the public at meetings and other events
- institutional visibility and a presentation of their missions and activities on the Festival d'Avignon website
- communication dedicated to events and service offers on the Festival d'Avignon website
- a mention in the printed communication supports of the Festival d'Avignon
- the affixing of the partners' logos on supports located within the Cloître Saint-Louis
- access to a specific ticketing service for the purchase of Festival d'Avignon tickets
- the installation of technical equipment adapted to the event
- the possibility of additional technical services (videoconferencing, filming on request, within the specified timeframe and after drawing up an estimate)

The house of professionals