Private dramatic entertainments were got up to relieve the tedium of unemployed time. The queen learns her part, and appears in the character and costume of a peasant girl. Her genius excites much admiration, and, intoxicated with this new pleasure, she repeats the entertainment, and alike excels in all characters, whether comic or tragic. The number of spectators is gradually increased.
Maria Antoinette by John S. C. Abbott
Marie Antoinette’s private theatre on Petit Trianon Grounds
(C) RMN / Gérard Blot