This article — in fact a simple sketch — has no other ambition than to indicate how theatre boxes are an interesting object of study for the historian. As a specialist in nineteenth-century cultural history, especially in the history of performance, the author has often come across these boxes in the course of his work. These places, at the crossroads of public and private, can be studied in many ways. In the following pages, we will come back through five trials on some legal aspects relating to the renting of boxes in the 19th century, not without first stating some generalities. Thus contextualised, the “loge Choiseul” case can be dealt with in another article…
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