Napoléon I and Marie-Louise at Fontainebleau

Family, Festival, Re-enactment, Theatrical Event
from 28/04/2018 to 30/04/2018
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The town and the Château de Fontainebleau are joining forces to celebrate the illustrious couple through several events from 28 to 29 April 2018: book fair and shows (La gloire et la Cendre, La mort de l’Aigle) at the municipal theatre, re-enactments and bivouac at the château, and an Empire Ball.

Napoléon I and Marie-Louise at Fontainebleau


AT THE THÉÂTRE MUNICIPAL (9 rue Dénecourt, 77300 Fontainebleau)

Saturday, 28 April, 8.30 pm  “La gloire et la Cendre” [Glory and ashes. Napoleon’s ultimate victory]

Sunday 29 April 5pm “La mort de l’Aigle” [The death of the Eagle. Napoleon, from glory to exile]

Reservation and information: 01 64 22 26 91

Book Fair (Saturday 28 April from 2pm to 7pm, Sunday April 29 from 10am to 5pm)

Free admission

Books, comics, albums, games…. Book-Signing sessions and meetings with the authors. Animations for children. Three thematic round tables will be held on Saturday 28 April at 3 pm (“La vie de la cour”) then at 5 pm (“Le quotidien des grognards”) and on Sunday 29 April at 11 am (“Marie-Louise et le Roi de Rome”).


Theatre sketches and musical interludes with a hundred reenactors.

A military bivouac of 200 people will be installed in the English garden.

Review of the troops in the Cour d’Honneur, Saturday and Sunday, at noon, by the Emperor.

Military manoeuvres (soldier’s school, platoon school, battalion school)…

Cultural mediators will be available to explain to visitors who wish to learn more about court life during the First Empire.

Workshops for children entitled “Apprentice Strategists”, imagined and animated by a lecturer from the Musée des Plans-reliefs (Hôtel National des Invalides), will take place during the weekend. It is a game, based on one of the great military successes of Napoleon’s youth: the siege of Toulon. The activity will be based on the relief-plan of Toulon, which commemorates the victory that enabled Bonaparte’s troops to take back the city from the British. The children will play the role of the attackers, alongside Napoleon, in this military strategy game. (for 8-12 years old, bookings)

The events proposed inside the chateau are accessible on presentation of the museum entrance ticket. Access to the bivouac is 4 €.

Saturday evening >> a First Empire Ball in the Galerie du Cerf.

Come in costumes to participate in this exceptional evening, hosted by the association Carnet de Bal, and in the presence of a hundred re-enactors in period dress.

Opening hours: from 20h30 to 23h30
Access through Diane’s garden – rue Denecourt

Participants wishing to dance in costumes must arrive in their ball outfit. It will not be possible to change at the chateau. Moreover, the ticket for the Imperial Ball does not entitle you to come in costume on the days of the historical re-enactments.
Reminder: for security reasons, suitcases and big bags are forbidden.
For the ladies, prefer a dress or a long skirt ample and fluid.

Empire Ball > Price per person: 50 euros
You can book and buy your ticket directly at the ticket office on the website:

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