50 years is the prime of life


Fifty years after its inception, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier still has a mission to raise the awareness of young people on the beauty of classic and contemporary theatre.

In 1963, actors Françoise Graton, Georges Groulx and Gilles Pelletier decided to mount a play by Jean Racine for students. Interested in the project, the Jesuit Fathers running Collège Sainte-Marie financed the play, which was performed for their students as well as those from other schools. The endeavour was such a success that it gave rise to the Nouvelle Compagnie Théâtrale, renamed Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in 1997.

Recipient of the 2013 Prix Hommage awarded by the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement, the theater has sold more than 5 million tickets during its half century. For its 50th anniversary, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier has concocted a season in its image: a good measure of classical plays, a few contemporary ones and a pinch of modern works.