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“Fascinating insight into Roman times” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Theatre Antique d'Orange

Theatre Antique d'Orange
Rue Madeleine Roch, Orange, France
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
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Orange, Les Baux de Provence and Arles Small...
Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Orange
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: Built under Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD, the Roman Theatre of Orange experienced a real rebirth in 2003, transporting visitors back to Imperial Rome. The new tour and the free audioguide in seven languages tell visitors about the shows and social life in the Provencal city during Roman times. In the new projection room, the film, with computer-generated images and reconstructions of shows, retraces the history of the Roman Theatre of Orange.
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“Fascinating insight into Roman times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The theatre at Orange is well worth the visit to appreciate the scale of the Roman buildings. Even today the acoustics are very good its easy to heart a conversation on the stage when in the top rows. The audio guide (available in English) was the highlight with detailed information on the theatre but more interesting in its connection with society of the time. Easy to see ho w the empire was lost if 100 days per year were dedicated to entertainment to keep the masses happy with the elite competing to stage events and impress the next person up the pecking order. Sure recipe for low productivity.

Visited July 2012
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“Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The size, history and preservation of the theatre is very impressive, especially the theatre wall. Totally lives up to its UNESCO World Heritage status. The place is not too big, so makes for a short and very sweet visit, especially if one is in the region. The short film screening is not to be missed - very informative yet light-hearted.
One of the few attractions in Provence with English commentary throughout the site, which greatly aids appreciation, even though it may be too brief. Quite many stairs to climb to fully enjoy the place, some of which are quite steep. May not be suitable for prams, very young kids and the elderly etc.

Visited May 2013
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“The scale of the theatre is awe inspiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The Roman Theatre Antique is amazing in terms of its size and completeness. The stage is 76 metres high which you truly appreciate when you climb to the top of the auditorium. There is little left of the ornate features of the stage but enough has been restored to give you an idea of what it used to be like. We started the visit by watching the video on the history of the theatre. This was good for showing how the theatre was used, the various features and their purpose and then what happened to it over 2000 years. Within the auditorium, there are a number of rooms, each showing videos of different styles of theatre over the centuries. We used the audio guides which were also very useful for explaining every aspect of the theatre and its history although it did repeat quite a bit of the information from the introductory film. There are great views of Orange and the surrounding country from the top of the auditorium.

Visited May 2013
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Windsor, Canada
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“More impressive than a torrential downpour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We were told that Provence has 300 sunny days per year. May 18th was not one of them with 50 mm falling in 24h. This Roman theatre was so impressive that the rain did not completely deter us. We obtained the self audio guide and tightened the hoods on our wind breakers. The scale of this theatre and it's backdrop are awe inspiring. We climbed to the top level for the panoramic view and took several photos. On a sunny day, we would have listened to every number on the guide, but the rain ultimately got the better of us, so we headed across the street for chocolat chaud and crepes.

Visited May 2013
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“Theatre is not to be missed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Terrific introductory vide. I highly recommend taking the time to watch. Informative but lengthy audio guide - I would suggest picking and choosing your audio numbers or you will be there for hours. The theatre is amazing, wonderfully preserved, and has a couple of unique projection rooms in the interior hallways of the stalls. Terrific gift shop as well.

Visited March 2013
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