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What's in a Name? (French: Le Prénom, literally "The Given Name") is a 2010 French comedy play by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière.

What's in a Name?
Written byMatthieu Delaporte
Alexandre de la Patellière
Date premiered2010 (2010)
Place premieredThéâtre Édouard VII, Paris
Original languageFrench



The play premiered in 2010 at the Théâtre Édouard VII in Paris, France. The cast included Patrick Bruel as Vincent, Valérie Benguigui as Elisabeth, Jean-Michel Dupuis as Pierre, Guillaume de Tonquédec as Claude and Judith El Zein as Anna. The production was directed by Bernard Murat.

An English adaptation by Jeremy Sams premiered in the UK at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, presented in association with Just For Laughs Theatricals from 27 January to 11 February 2017.[1] The production is also directed by Sams and cast includes Nigel Harman as Vincent, Sarah Hadland as Elizabeth (previously Elizabeth), Jamie Glover as Peter (previously Pierre), Olivia Poulet as Anna and Raymond Coulthard as Carl (previously Claude).[2] The play's setting was changed from Paris to London.

Critical receptionEdit

The Paris production received six Molière Award nominations, including Best Comedy, two Best Supporting Actor nominations for Jean-Michel Dupuis and Guillaume de Tonquédec, Best Supporting Actress for Valérie Benguigui, Best Playwright for Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière and Best Director for Bernard Murat.

The Birmingham production received positive reviews, with five stars from WhatsOnStage, Behind The Arras and The Reviews Hub.

Film adaptationEdit

The play was adapted into a film in 2012, with screenplay and direction by the original authors Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière.

Play was also adapted for german audiences into film in 2018 [Der Vorname]


  1. ^ "Sarah Hadland and Nigel Harman to star in Birmingham Rep season | News | The Stage". The Stage. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  2. ^ "All-Star Cast Announced For New Comedy, What's In A Name?". Retrieved 2017-04-01.