A stunning venue, the Odeon Amphitheatre in Amman, Jordan. The photos show backstage, the get in (with the help of lovely locals), the set up and arrival of the audience, as well as the beginning of the show.
In the first photo you can see the back of our director, Dominic Dromgoole, who’s joined the company for a while, watching over the team.
Photos by Becky Austin, David McEvoy, Penelope Woods.
Bosra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, was an important stopover on the ancient caravan route to Mecca, a 2nd-century Roman theatre, early Christian ruins and several mosques are found within its walls, and all around local people have used for centuries parts of the ruins to build their own houses
Verona’s famed Roman amphitheatre, home to one of the world’s premier opera festivals, will be the first large beneficiary of a new Italian Government initiative to encourage private donations to protect cultural treasures.
Italian bank Unicredit and the nonprofit foundation CariVerona signed a deal yesterday with Verona’s mayor to restore the arena at a cost of 14 million ($22.5 million).
The project aims to secure the open-air Verona Arena, the third-largest Roman-era amphitheatre to survive antiquity, against erosion from rain, which has damaged the seating areas, stairs and modern-day electrical system.
The deal falls under the Government’s Art Bonus initiative that gives donors a 65 per cent tax credit for helping to restore or support Italy’s art treasures, archaeological sites and theatres. (source)
The Roman Amphitheatre of Carthage was once a major Roman stadium, the ruins of which can be found near modern-day Tunis.
Probably built at the end of the first century AD, outside the city, the Carthage amphitheatre was considered one of the largest of the Roman Empire. It is believed to have been able to hold up to 35.000 spectators.
Unlike other Roman Amphitheatres in North Africa, the Amphitheatre of Carthage has been mostly lost to ruin. Although there are sources which intimate it was still intact in the early middle ages, its materials were systematically looted for other building projects and little remains today. In their descriptions, medieval chroniclers refer to imposing structures with high arches.
Caerleon, known as Isca to the Romans, is a site of considerable archaeological importance as it is the best preserved example of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain. It was the headquarters for Legio II Augusta from about 75 to 300 CE. The building of the amphitheatre started in 90 CE outside the fortress walls, and it remains an impressive sight today. A timber grandstand would have seated some 6,000 and, standing in its centre, you can imagine the sights and sounds and the baying crowds. It could have been used for various games, military and religious festivals, or as a training or parade ground. (x) (x) (x)