“Theatre Antique d’Orange” is an ancient Roman theater of Orange in southern France which was built in the early first century AD. It is the city of Orange in possession and is home for the summer opera festival, the Chorégies of Orange. It is one of the best of all Roman theaters of the Roman colony Arausio obtained founded in 40 av. Playing a most important role in the life of the general public, who spent much of his free time there was to see the theater by the Roman authorities, not only as a means of dissemination of Roman culture in the colonies, but also as a means of distraction from all political activities. Representing the mime, readings and “attelana” (a kind of joke) was the main form of entertainment, many of which lasted all the day for the common people, who were happy to spectacular effects, splendid scenery was very important, as was the use of stage machinery. The entertainment was provided free of charge and open to all. As the Western Roman Empire fell in the fourth century, in which time had made Christianity the official religion, was closed, the scene of the official edict in 391 AD, because the Church’s opposes what they considered barbaric spectacles.
Then the theater was completely abandoned. It was sacked and burned by the “barbarians” and was used as a defensive position in the Middle Ages. During the 16th century religious wars, it was a haven for city dwellers. Year in and year out, this is the “who’s who” of the French opera scene, a testament to the stature of both the event and the fabulous “Theatre Antique d’Orange”.