The Theatre Antique of Orange is one spectacular and magnificent structure. It is the best-preserved Roman theater in Europe and part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is one of the few remaining theaters with an intact stage wall and today, it is used for Choregies d’Orange, a summer opera festival in August.
The theater is divided into three sections, the stage, the caveat (tiered seat) and the temple. The stage has a newly constructed roof to prevent any further damage and erosion from the weather. The roof is as discreet as possible and also preserves the acoustics. The caveat seats up to 10,000 spectators and the panoramic view from the highest level of the caveat is fantastic. Remains of the temple was uncovered in 1920 next to the theater. It is generally thought that the theater together with the temple was used for the worship of the Emperor.
The theater has a small movie-room which plays short video (15 minutes or so), that depicts the rise and fall of Theatre Antique d’Orange, going through periods of war and the demise of the Roman Empire since its construction in 1AD. There’s interesting reenacted scenes of how plays, mimes, pantomimes might have been during its time of glory. Highly recommend this video to gain some insights on Theatre Antique d’Orange.
Address: Rue Madeleine Roch , 84 100 Orange, France
Tél.: 04 90 51 17 60 Fax : 04 90 51 74 70
Email : [email protected]
Rates: 8.5 Euros, inclusive of audio guide
Opening Hours : Daily. November to February: from 9.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m
March, October: from 9.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m.
April, May, September: from 9 a.m to 6 p.m
June, July, August: from 9 a.m to 7 p.m
Evening opening hours may change if there are rehearsals or shows taking place.