DescriptionThe 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.
OpeningFrom 01/04 to 11/06/2020, daily between 9.30 am and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.
From 12/06 to 31/08/2020
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.
From 01/09 to 31/10 between 9.30 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
From 02/11 to 31/03 between 1 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
Individual visitUnguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request
Adaptation tourismMental disabilityAccessible for wheelchairs with assistanceReserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the siteVertical signage of parking spacesMinimum aisle width of 90 cmDoors >=77 cm wideWC + grab handle + adequate space to moveSite, building partially accessibleMagnetic loop available at the receptionRelief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the receptionReception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities