25th March 1912 – birth in Sète
1932 – moment of epiphany while attending a rehearsal of Richard III at Charles Dullin’s Théâtre de l’Atelier.
1941 – meeting with André Clavé who invites him to join his troupe, La Roulotte.
1943 – creation of his troupe La Compagnie des Sept
1945 – staging of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral at the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier. This was his first big success.
4th-10th September 1947 – Three new productions at the Semaine d’Art Dramatique (Dramatic Arts week) in Avignon.
August 1951 – Appointed as Director of the Théâtre National Populaire.
November 1951 – first performances by the TNP: Le Cid (Corneille) and creation of Mother Courage (Brecht).
1954 – The Semaine d’Art Dramatique (Dramatic Arts week) becomes the Festival d’Avignon.
November 1959 – Première of Le Crapeau-Buffle (Gatti) at the new Théâtre Récamier, an annex of the TNP used exclusively for staging original texts by contemporary playwrights.
1963 – Vilar refuses the renewal of his contract as director of the TNP.
July 1964 – first Rencontres d’Avignon (Avignon symposium), on the theme of “Cultural Development”
28th May 1971 – Death of Jean Vilar in Sète. Burial in the maritime cemetery.