Jean Racine: Andromaque [Andromache] (2513 words)

  • Véronique Desnain (University of Edinburgh)

Andromaque (1667) is a five-act tragedy by Racine, written in rhyming Alexandrine couplets. It was Racine’s third play after La Thébaïde (1664) and Alexandre le Grand (1665). Andromaque marks both the author’s consecration as a tragic playwright and his split with Molière, who had supported his early career. The first performance took place in November 1667 in the private chambers of Queen Marie-Thérèse and the reception at court was enthusiastic. The first public performance, two days later, by the troupe of the Hôtel de Bourgogne (known as Les Grands Comédiens) made official the split between Racine and Molière’s troupe at the Palais Royal, who had performed his first two plays. The eponymous h…

Desnain, Véronique. "Andromaque". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2015
[, accessed 28 July 2017.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.