Founded in 1925, Théâtre Cercle Molière is the oldest theatre company in Canada, French or English. It has always been and remains a driving force in the cultural life of French-speaking Manitoba.
Established in St. Boniface, at the heart of Manitoba’s capital city, Le Cercle Molière (now Théâtre Cercle Molière) began by performing plays from the French classic repertoire. Then in the 1950s, plays from Quebec and across Canada were staged, and for the last forty years, the emphasis has been on new Manitoba works. The company first presented a season entirely written by Franco-Manitobans in 1986, then a second time in 2000 to celebrate the TCM’s 75th anniversary.
A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 territory and communities signatory to Treaties 6 and 10, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dené, Iiniwak, and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Its ongoing existence is thanks to these ancestors and their present day relatives who continue to love and care for the land.