Theatre Antique d’Orange
Theatre Antique d’Orange (Rue Madeleine Roch, 84100 Orange) – located in the provincial town of Orange, at the heart of the Rhône Valley (an hour’s drive northwest of the port city of Marseille), this is an ancient Roman theater (reputed to be the best-preserved anywhere in Europe). The Theatre owes its fame in particular to its magnificent stage wall, amazingly well-preserved and unique in the Western world. A venue for shows in Roman times, it continues in this role today, to the delight of music lovers the world over. Even French royalty like Louis XIV was impressed with this site.
Just across the road from the Theatre is the Museum of Orange, which displays various artifacts found in this area, dating from the prehistoric to the Roman era, and other periods into the 19th century (including engravings and portraits of the princes & princesses of Orange-Nassau). Tour of the Theatre & Museum (with audio guide): €9.50 (adult), €7.50 (students and children ages 7-17); Tour of Museum only (with audio guide): €5.50 (adult), €4.50 (students and children ages 7-17). Free for children under 7 years. See the Theatre’s website for updated schedule including upcoming theatrical performances and concerts: www.theatre-antique.com