Marie Antoinette loved to perform.
As a child in Vienna her family had often put on performances and she wanted to keep this tradition alive whilst she was in France. In 1780 she had her favourite architect, Richard Mique, build this small private theatre, the Petite Théâtre de la Reine, so that performances could take place for her husband and members of the court.
You’ll find it not far from the Petit Trianon, a small building with an unassuming exterior which belies the impression of opulence inside. Faux marble, pasteboard statues and painted gold trimmings all combined to take her into another world where she could indulge in her love of theatre, ballet and opera.
A rare glimpse into her private world.
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