La Colline – théâtre national is the latest of the five French national theatres dedicated to drama and entirely supported by the Ministry of Culture, together with La Comédie Française, L'Odéon, and the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and the TNS in Strasbourg. It is one of the most important cultural institutions located in the East of Paris.
The Theatre has two different venues: the main theatre, with a maximum capacity of 740 seats and the small theatre, with an adjustable room of 200 seats.
The two venues and all the public spaces are accessible to the disabled.
The Theatre also has a construction workshop in Aubervilliers and two rehearsal rooms: one that has the main stage dimensions and is situated in the main building and another one a few yards away, rue des Prairies.
About a dozen productions are presented each season in the two theatres including 3 to 4 home-productions, several co-productions with theatre companies and a few shows produced by theatre companies welcomed by La Colline, some of which are presented in their original language with French subtitles. Between 250 and 300 performances are presented each season, often followed by provincial tours. The annual attendance oscillates between an audience of 80 000 and
La Colline has 80 permanent employees and intermittently employs about 250 persons over the season, mainly artists (actors, musicians, stage directors, set designers, costume designers, etc.) and stage technicians.
Many different layouts are possible in this room, but the one that is mostly used is the amphitheatre (35% gradient) that has a maximum capacity of 740 seats. A smaller version with panels is also possible (approximately 500 seats), as well as an arena configuration. The dimensions of the stage frame are: a maximum opening of 19m (22m wall to wall), 8,46 m height, 17,5m under the grid and approximately 10m depth.
It is a multi-purpose theatre with a maximum capacity of 200 seats, situated on the 2nd floor of the building, 10m above street level, and which has removable tiers of seats (33% gradient). The dimensions of the room are: 16,6m length, 13,6m width and 5,98m height.