Théâtre de la Ville
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The Théâtre de la Ville had sprung up in the 1860s as baron Haussmann was remaking Paris in his own image – orderly,
imposing, self-assured and destined to incarnate for eternity the virtues of the nineteenth century’s upper orders.
Ten years later it was burnt to the ground as the ragtag army of the Commune briefly defended an alternative vision of the capital.
In a city that was scarcely lacking in theatres, it was nevertheless rapidly rebuilt.