The Roman Theater in Orange, France is almost 2,000 years old. Today, it hosts world-renowned artists and can seat 9,000 people.
Cover Photo: Statue of Emperor Augustus | Tricia A. Mitchell
Standing in the Roman Theater in Orange, France, I began to imagine the performances of the past, with their unique costumes and stage props. What stories of triumph, tragedy, and comedy were shared inside this massive structure?
Visiting theatrical events would have been a key component of life during the Roman Empire, both for amusement and for quelling discontent. Keeping the people distracted from the travails of daily life would have been an important goal for Roman rulers.
Suddenly, a massive gust of wind blasted through the theater’s arched entrance, carrying with it an orange dust cloud that billowed over the stage. I squinted while digging my feet deeper into the stone floor to brace myself.
While the skies may have been clear, the wind was proving to be ferocious on this cool autumn day. I could see why the Romans had built a wooden roof over the theater to protect the audience.
The Roman Theater in Orange, France (360°)
Constructed during the reign of Augustus in the 1st century CE, the impressive Roman theater in Orange, France has been showcasing talent for centuries.
It is so robust that it was even used as a defensive stronghold for the townspeople of Orange during the Middle Ages.
Carved out of a hill, the theater today seats 9,000 people. It regularly hosts performances from world-renowned artists and can even be rented out for private events.
A quick video
Despite the wind and the suspicious stare of the Augustus statue above the stage, I managed to shoot a few clips of video. Here’s my quick look at the Roman Theater in Orange:
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