A historical encounter behind closed doors...... where the fate of a fallen, desperate man is at stake. Château de Fontainebleau. It is the night from 12th to 13th April 1814. A few days after his first abdication and the end of the Empire, and the latest negotiations led by General de Caulaincourt have granted him the island of Elba as his new kingdom, Napoleon signs his abdication in Fontainebleau.
Napoleon, left without an army, abandoned by all, fallen and desperate, tries to commit suicide. Out of this historical, authentic story, which was kept secret for a long time by its various protagonists, Philippe Bulinge achieves a splendid theatrical encounter behind closed doors between Napoleon, General de Caulaincourt - his diplomat and above all one of the few to have regularly stood up to him - and Doctor Yvan, a surgeon who had been in the personal service of the Emperor for nearly fifteen years. Who wishes to die that night? The man or the Emperor? The troubled, exhausted human being or the legend that was born with him? Can we let Napoleon die? Can we help him die?
- Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes;
- A co-production by Compagnie Intersignes and comédie Odéon.