Theater of Chartres

Location : Place de Ravenne, 28000 Chartres

Duration : 1 animation principale et 12 animations d’1min30

No need to go inside, the Chartres theater reveals its secrets on its illuminated façade. You begin your discoveries by following a love affair in the backstage of the theater. 12 moving pictures will follow and will pay tribute to the arts of the living spectacle.



Take a front row seat to a Vaudeville play on the building's façade. Thanks to its Italian structure, its sets and other mechanisms, the theater becomes an accomplice of a young woman trying to escape from the man who is trying to seduce her. Theater within the theater, the monument plays the main role in this amorous chase, where the traditional theme of Love is revisited with humor and lightness.

Artistic conception : Marie-Jeanne Gauthé

Theater of lights

Meet Marie-Jeanne Gauthé who designed the "Illusions" scenography, currently projected on the Chartres theater

A little history

Designed by the architect Piébourg and inaugurated in 1861, the Chartres theater is typical of the opulent buildings constructed during the Second Empire.

The theater has preserved its period machinery with its system of counterbalanced poles allowing the scenery to be arranged at will.

Visit Chartres en lumières

Dates and times 2022 - 2023

The 21 sites in the heart of Chartres are illuminated EVERY night, at dusk. 

  • From September 2 to 8 : from 9 :15 pm to 1 am.
  • From September 9  to October 30 : from 9 pm to 1 am.
  • From Octobre 31 to Novembre 12 : from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
  • From November 13 to 30 : from 6:15 pm to 10:30 pm.
  • From December 1 to January 14 : from 6 pm to 10:30 pm.

Your route

Find all the illuminated sites on the Chartres en lumières map.

Guided tours

The Chartres tourist office offers guided tours for the most curious: "Chartres en lumières" and "Légendes et illumations en bord de l'Eure".

For a more original and relaxing visit, take the Petit Chart'Train.


Health recommendations

Wearing a mask is recommended when physical distance cannot be maintained.

The obligation to wear a mask indoors remains in public transport, health institutions and care facilities.

Warning: wearing a mask is not enough to protect you from Covid-19. You must always perform barrier procedures and stay more than one meter away from all other people. For more information, visit the French Government website.