Between 1821 and 1903, the Grand Théâtre de Lille was the main arena of leisure and sociability of the north-ern French city of Lille. Successive directors, whose ambitions were to satisfy their clientele, chose works that were shown initially in Parisian theaters and, furthermore, increased the showings of the most popular ones. Mapping the Parisian birthplaces of such works allows us to learn more about Lille public, its taste, aspira-tions and relationship to Parisian cul-ture. Furthermore, it sheds light on existing cultural transfers between Paris and a provincial capital.



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