Interesting Ancient Theater

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by travelswithkids on November 12, 2011

Here's your chance to jump up on the stage of a 2100 year old theater and bust out your best "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears" line. If you know some ancient latin play, that'd be even better than Shakespeare because the Theatre Antique was built by the Romans in the 1st century BC.

The theater is just a few steps away from the amphitheatre, and you'll probably see it from the top of the amphitheatre if you explore around its upper levels. Signs on the streets point you to the Theatre Antique.
You can see much of the theater from the street if you're short on time or money, but it is included in the multi-site passes you can buy. After entering the gate, you can sit under some shade trees and watch a video which tells about the theater. Since we were short on time and saw a large tour group coming towards the entrance, we cut out of the video early and went to explore the theatre itself. The general form of the theater is in good shape, but only a couple of the original columns behind the stage are still standing. The large seating area is a nice place to sit for a moment and soak up the Roman atmosphere.

We visited on a Sunday morning and there were only a few other people on site with us. They still stage plays and other events here, so seeing a performance in this ancient locale would be a real treat. If you're just touring, you can take in all the theater has to offer in about 20 minutes. It is the second most obvious roman ruin in town, and while it lost a lot of stone and parts over the centuries, it is much more interesting to see than the baths of Constantine. (But the cryptoportiques look pretty cool -- we ran out of time before we got to see them.)
Arles Roman Theater
South East Corner Of Town
Arles, France

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