Pierre-Yves Barré

Pierre-Yves Barré (17 April 1749 in Paris - 2 May 1832 in Paris) was a French vaudevillist and songwriter.


He began life as a lawyer to the French parliament, then court clerk in Pau, but as the nephew of the chansonnier Pierre Laujon moved more and more towards a life in the theatre. With Piis, Jean-Baptiste Radet and Desfontaines-Lavallée, in 1792 he founded the théâtre du Vaudeville (which he headed until 1815, replaced by Marc-Antoine Désaugiers), then on rue de Chartres-Saint-Honoré. Bonaparte was at first "discontented with his theatre due to anti-Republican allusions which he made every evening"[1] but in 1805 commanded him to go to Boulogne-sur-Mer to entertain the officers of the invasion force against England.


  • Cassandre, 1780.
  • Arlequin aficheur.
  • Mr. Guillaume ou le voyageur inconnu, 1800.
  • Lantara ou le peintre au cabaret, 1809


  1. ^ L. de Lanzac de Laborie, Paris sous Napoléon-Spectacles et Musées, Paris, 1913, pp. 152-156