Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/200558
Authors: 
Velde, François R.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper 2017-24
Abstract: 
I study the business practices of the Comédie française, the main theater in Paris, between 1680 and 1793. The theater was an actors' partnership and operated within a (contested) oligopoly. Newly available data provide revenues by price category for over 32,000 performances. Attendance varied considerably from one performance to the next. Total revenues increased in the second half of the 18th century as demand for entertainment in Paris boomed. The increase came in part from box rentals (by performance or by season). Pricing practices changed over time, as premium pricing for high-demand events made way for premium pricing on specific weekdays, and ultimately constant pricing. The repertory consisted of proven classics to which successful novelties were added. As demand grew, the theater provided more variety and more novelty.
Subjects: 
entertainment industry
history of theater
oligopoly
France
Paris
Comédie Française
JEL: 
L11
L82
N73
N83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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