It was built between 40 and 50 AD around the Pipet hill. The theatre is considered as one of the most important in the Roman period.
The terraced seating in the Roman Theatre was built against the steep slopes of the Pipet hill. Its capacity for around 13,000 spectators made the Vienne theatre one of the biggest urban theatres in the Roman Empire and the second largest in Gaul after the theatre in Autun. In the 2nd century, the Odeon, a second, smaller theatre was built nearby on the southern slope of the Saint-Marcel ravine.
Its layout and general organisation followed the Latin models for a stone theatre, even though its location on the hillside gave rise to some specific features. Spectators could move through the rounded, arched galleries that formed the structural support for the terraced seating in the cavea.
Theatres were an expression of the civic and sacred community in the Roman world. They were not only used for entertainment (comedies, tragedies, pantomimes, various kinds of acts, dancing, combats), but could also be the venue for civic or official events.
After restoration work to the theatre, the summer programme now features events reviving the theatre's entertainment role: opera, pop, dance and, since 1981, the Jazz à Vienne Festival in the first half of July.
From 01/09 to 31/10/2022
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
From 02/11/2022 to 31/03/2023
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Exceptional closures on November 1 and 11, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
Open by appointment in the mornings for groups.
- In centre of town
- Guided individual tours
- Unguided group tours
- Guided group tours
- Guided tours
- Unguided individual tours
Full price: 3 €
Reduced price: 2 €.
- Bank/credit card
- Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
- Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
- Doors >=77 cm wide
- WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
- Site, building partially accessible
- Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
Type of clientele
- Special rate for jobseekers
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