Marianne wrote:Bear in mind that the Odéon is on the Left Bank, a good distance away from the site of the 1832 barricade. It's conceivable that it would be commandeered by students, being in the Latin Quarter, but our boys are on the other side of the river and the whole point of urban-warfare-by-barricades is to prevent easy movement within the city.
Also, MmeBahorel is free to correct me on this, but I have a hunch that the Shakespeare troupe wouldn't have been playing in the Odéon--Shakespeare was radical and different and Romantic in France at the time, and the Odéon was a bastion of conservative classicism.
For more on life in the theatres and on the fringes in that time period, I highly recommend watching Les Enfants du Paradis, which aside from being good for historical background is an incredible movie--one of the greatest classics of French cinema. And for the harsh realities of life as an actress, check out Balzac's Lost Illusions. It was not an honorable profession, and success on the stage often depended on being "kept" by a rich protector. A poor girl would not go into acting if she wanted to keep her dignity and reputation--far more likely that she was seduced and abandoned, or otherwise had sex outside of wedlock, and took to the stage because it was more glamorous and exciting than the life of a common whore.
MmeBahorel wrote:The "Shakespeare Season" was at the Odeon, actually - See Dumas' memoirs, page 163 of this volume. William Macready as Othello, Harriet Smithson as Ophelia and Juliet, and Charles Kemble as Hamlet and Romeo. Three nights only, in September 1827.
For research, start poking around Nerdy Fannish Research here on the boards - we've linked to a lot of things, from maps to newspapers to excellent secondary sources available online. (Thank you, Google Books.) The maps in particular will give you a better sense of Paris geography, and I think I've linked some travel guides - Galignani are some of my best friends.
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