Britannicus · Comédie Française

Britannicus · Comédie Française

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées at the Gene Siskel Theater

Saturday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets open Sept. 15th
164 N. State Street

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Britannicus by Jean Racine (France, 1669, 120 min.), directed by Stéphane Braunschweig

In French with English subtitles.

Our second rendez-vous with la Comédie française, bringing timeless theater and enthralling stories to the cinema!  From passion and betrayal to mistaken identities, deception and stratagems... embark on a journey through the great classics of theatre on the big screen.


In a morality tale, Racine tells the story of a classic Roman family feud. Britannicus and Nero will fight to know who will sit on their father’s throne. 

Stéphane Braunschweig's modern scenography highlights the timelessness of the Racinian tragedy and its political themes. A large, cold meeting room with a large white door replaces the ancient palaces, and the CEO of a large company occupies the seat of the Emperor of Rome. The relationships between the characters blend perfectly into this multinational atmosphere. The calculating mother gradually loses ascendancy over her son, lost to perfidious counselors.

“An exciting political thriller, from root to bone and without pathos”- Francetvinfo

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Classic films and great theater performances on Saturday afternoons – what’s not to love?

Amélie, The Artist, Intouchable… You’ve already seen these French classics, but you loved them so much you want to see them again and share them with your family and friends – here’s your chance!

La Comédie Francaise is the best theater ensemble in the world. Enjoy Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo and Britannicus by Racine – on film, as if you were in Salle Richelieu. On vous attend!


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Twelve-hour parking $9 at a nearby location with validation available at our front desk. All the information here.  


*Students with ID, and currently enrolled AF students