Laurent Lafitte left the Comédie-Française after twelve years as a member


Laurent Lafitte during the Lights ceremony, in Lyon, October 14, 2023. JEFF PACHOUD / AFP

The actor Laurent Lafitte left the Comédie-Française on Monday after the last performance of the play Cyrano de Bergerac of which he was the headliner, the institution told Agence France-Presse, Wednesday 1er may.

“Laurent has decided to leave the House to be able to devote himself fully to his many external projects”declared Eric Ruf, general administrator of the Comédie-Française. “He will have been a valuable actor and comrade for the troupe for twelve years, and we all wish him much happiness and success in his new adventures”he added.

Having completed the Florent course and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, Laurent Lafitte entered the Comédie-Française as a resident on January 8, 2012. He distinguished himself in particular in the role of Mamimine in The wedding, by Gogol, by Lilo Baur, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s dreamby Shakespeare, André Jurieux in Rules of the Game directed by Christiane Jatahy, or Dom Juan in the eponymous play by Molière.

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More recently, he played the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac in the play by Edmond Rostand directed by Emmanuel Daumas, for which he was nominated for the 2024 Molières, including the 35e ceremony will be held next Monday.

To explain this departure, Laurent Lafitte told the newspaper Release of a desire “to change theatrical horizons”. The actor is also in high demand in cinema where his notable collaborations include, among others Sheby Paul Verhoeven, in 2016, and Goodbye up thereby Albert Dupontel, in 2017. These two films earned him a César nomination in the category of best supporting actor.

The World with AFP

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