Touring production


by Maurice Yvain
Operetta Light Music
“The originality of this score lay in the way it was written. It was composed for two pianos. Wiener and Doucet had convinced me that it was possible to replace the orchestra with a twosome like this. Two virtuosos: Léon Kartun and Raffit brought about the huge success of Yes !, the new title of the piece. The press were unanimous in praising the libretto and the music. Which is worth mentioning, since it’s such a rare occurrence.” This is how Maurice Yvain himself described the production of the work in his memoirs entitled Ma belle opérette. The cast counted on the success of the famous Arletty, who had replaced Christiane d’Or at the last minute. The score, with its typical interwar rhythms, was initially written for two pianos because of limited space at the Théâtre des Capucines. Depending on where the operetta was revived, Yvain added 12 jazz musicians (Théâtre des Variétés) and up to 35 for the Apollo (but never abandoned the original two pianos which gave this operetta such a unique flavour). The action runs through all the themes of bourgeois comedy inherited from Feydeau, while featuring several particularly nostalgic numbers.
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés Le Perreux-sur-Marne Albertville Montélimar Colombes Oullins La Roche-sur-Yon


Operetta in 3 acts to a libretto by Pierre Soulaine, René Pujol and Jacques Bousquet. Music by Maurice Yvain. Lyrics by Albert Willemetz. Premiered at the théâtre des Capucines, in Paris, on 26 January 1928.



Wed 2 December 2020
Théâtre de Saint-Maur, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
Wed 3 March 2021
Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne
Fri 5 March 2021
Le Dôme Théâtre, Albertville
Tue 9 March 2021
Théâtre de Montélimar, Montélimar
Tue 16 March 2021
L'Avant Seine - Théâtre de Colombes, Colombes
Thu 25 March 2021
Théâtre de la Renaissance, Oullins
Fri 26 March 2021
Théâtre de la Renaissance, Oullins
Sat 27 March 2021
Théâtre de la Renaissance, Oullins
Fri 16 April 2021
Le grand R - Scène Nationale, La Roche-sur-Yon
Sat 17 April 2021
Le grand R - Scène Nationale, La Roche-sur-Yon


Vladislav Galard and Bogdan Hatisi direction
François Gauthier-Lafaye stage design
Benjamin Moreau costumes
Yvon Julou light design
Julie Leprou stage manager

Totte Clarisse Dalles
Loulou / Clémentine Caroline Binder
Marquita Negri Emmanuelle Goizé
Mme de Saint-Aiglefin Anne-Emmanuelle Davy
M. de Saint-Aiglefin Gilles Bugeaud
René Gavard, le roi du vermicelle Éric Boucher
Maxime Gavard, son fils Célian d’Auvigny
César Mathieu Dubroca
Roger Flannan Obé

Paul-Marie Barbier musical direction, piano and vibraphone
Matthieu Bloch double bass
Thibault Perriard percussion and piano
Associate Production Bru Zane France
Executive Production Compagnie Les Brigands
Co-production Théâtre Montansier – Versailles / Opéra de Reims / La Coursive – Scène Nationale de La Rochelle
Joint realisation Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Paris
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