Théâtre municipal de Tarascon

Tarascon - Cultural place

One of the most remarkable Italian-style theatres in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur region, classified as a Historic Monument.
In a Royal Order of 10 August 1825, Charles X approved the Municipal Council's decision to acquire land and a church formerly belonging to the Dominicans (15th century) for the creation of a theatre.
In 1925, Tarascon, which had 12,000 inhabitants and had been a sub-prefecture for 15 years, chose a disused church near Porte Saint-Jean.
It became State property during the Revolutionary era, then a barn under the Republic; major renovation work was started in 1826.
The Théâtre Municipal was inaugurated in 1828, but was completely destroyed by a serious fire during the night of 16 April 1884.
On 31 December 1887, the Municipal Council authorised Louis Chabanel, Mayor of Tarascon, to conclude a private sale with the Tarascon entrepreneurs Mr Tissier and the Maison Apy Portal et Cie, which provided 3 quotes amounting to 43,902 Francs.
A large stage was constructed.
Above the red curtain was inscribed the well-known phrase by Virgil, uttered by a shepherd, 'Deus nobis haec otia fecit', 'God has given us this leisure'. This perfectly appointed room, with its excellent acoustics, rivalled the regions' great theatres.
The current theatre was inaugurated with a performance of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' in 1888.
This was followed by a number of shows and comic operas. Tragedies, comedies and variety shows attracted the greatest names of the time, including Albert Lambert, Cécile Saurel, Gaby Morlay, Joséphine Baker, Marie Bell, Fernandel, Tino Rossi, Georges Guétary, Yves Montand and Edith Piaf.
On more than one occasion when entering the theatre, members of the Comédie Française, unable to hide their admiration, were heard to say, 'Your theatre is a real gem', 'a little marvel'.
Following this restoration work, the main façade was adorned with a fronton representing a lyre held by two angels, the work of the Tarascon sculptor Jean-Barnabé Amy (1895).
In 1963, after sixty-four years of life, the building urgently required major repairs. The Chapel vault threatened to collapse and cause a serious accident, then a stone fell off the vault. The theatre was closed for safety reasons. The various problems were studied and a quote was drawn up; it amounted to 4 million Francs. Ultimately, the Municipal Council decided not to approve the renovation project.
The theatre's renaissance began in 1989
The theatre had had the honour of rising from the ashes after the 1884 fire; it had the same good fortune in 1989.
Thérèse Aillaud, Mayor of Tarascon, launched major work in 1985 and saved this venue, which is dear to the hearts of Tarascon residents.
On the evening of 7 January, the theatre performed 'Ba-Ta-Clan' by Offenbach, a one-act musical chinoiserie directed by Guy Coutance.
Twenty years later...
The theatrical seasons are just as successful.
Charles Fabre, Mayor of Tarascon, Vice President of the Arles Crau Camargue Montagnette urban area community and Elisabeth Alric, Deputy Mayor responsible for Culture and the Municipal Council, celebrated the '20th anniversary' of the reopening of the Théâtre Municipal in Tarascon on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 January 2009.

Information provided by OT Tarascon

  • Address

    2 Rue Pelletan
    13150 Tarascon

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    • 04 90 91 51 30
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Where to stay

Hôtel De Provence
Hotel

Hôtel De Provence

Tarascon

Dans cet hôtel au caractère provençal bien affirmé le calme et la sérénité en sont dépaysant, la décoration harmonieuse et raffiné rendent les lieux accueillant et chaleureux et sont l’assurance d’un agréable séjour. Construite sur les anciens remparts de la ville, les…

MAS PITRAS 2 - N° 3801
Holiday rental

MAS PITRAS 2 - N° 3801

Tarascon

En Provence, à proximité des prestigieux sites touristiques d'Arles , Avignon et Nîmes. Le Mas Pitras est idéal pour des vacances en famille, au pieds des Alpilles, à quelques kilomètres de la mer et de la Camargue et de la Montagnette, dans un Mas Provençal, à la campagne au calme avec…

LA MONTAGNETTE - N° 3447
Holiday rental

LA MONTAGNETTE - N° 3447

Tarascon

Situé en campagne au pied des collines, sur un grand terrain privé, luxuriant et arboré.

La Tour - N° 70
Holiday rental

La Tour - N° 70

Tarascon

Gite situated in the oldest part of a rustic, Provencal farmhouse surrounded by orchards. Just 15 km from Avignon and Arles and 20 km from Saint Rémy de Provence. Very centrally located for visiting tourist sites. Ground floor : little kitchen. Microwave. Washing-machine. Dishwasher. Large…

La place
B&B

La place

Tarascon

Chambre d'hôtes située en centre ville, proche de la gare et des commerces. Les chambres sont douillettes et confortables.

Anne Journoud
B&B

Anne Journoud

Tarascon

Situé dans le centre historique de Tarascon et au rez de chaussée d'une maison provençale, la chambre est équipée d'une salle d'eau et d'une kitchenette.

Les écuries du Roi
B&B

Les écuries du Roi

Tarascon

"Les écuries du Roi" est une chambre d'hôtes de charme, insolite et romantique très discrète avec son jacuzzi privatif. Située en Provence entre Avignon, Arles, Nîmes, la montagnette et ses parfums. Aménagée dans les anciennes écuries, décorée dans un esprit cavalier afin de créer un…

Mas Armelin
B&B

Mas Armelin

Tarascon

Dans un ancien mas du XVIIIème, un peu perdu au bout de son impasse, le Mas Armelin vous réserve un accueil sympathique et chaleureux. Une petite boutique, style chambre d'hôtel qui se présente d'une manière agréable. La décompression et le confort, tout en restant à la page. Outre de…

Mas Maurane- le Bougainvilliers
Holiday rental

Mas Maurane- le Bougainvilliers

Tarascon

Belle propriété arborée et ombragée, à la campagne et à la fraîcheur de sa piscine, située au pied des Alpilles. A quelques kilomètre de la Montagnette près d'Avignon et de la Camargue près d'Arles.

Things to do

Domaine de Lansac
Craftsman / producer

Domaine de Lansac

Tarascon

Un domaine dont l'histoire épouse celle d'une illustre famille provençale. Quand le vin est une histoire d'amour et de fidélité... A quelques kilomètres de Tarascon, le Domaine de Lansac et ses 40 hectares de vignes produisent des vins de pays qui exprime la puissance d'un terroir de…

La Ciergerie de l'Abbaye des Prémontrés
Craftsman / producer

La Ciergerie de l'Abbaye des Prémontrés

Tarascon

In their Tarascon workshop, the Candle-Makers of the Abbey of the Prémontrés continue to use the skills of the White Fathers of the Prémontrés of Saint Michel de Frigolet Abbey. You can discover two production techniques dating back to the 15th century and passed down by the master…

Place Alexandrine Bremond
Cultural place

Place Alexandrine Bremond

Tarascon

In memory of its poetess, the town of Tarascon erected a statue in her honour and named one of its squares after her. Elisabeth 'Alexandrine' Brémond (29 October 1858, Tarascon - 22 June 1898), better known by the name of Brémonde de Tarascon, was a Félibran poetess. The recurrent themes of…

Boutique du Monatère de la Visitation
Shopping gourmand

Boutique du Monatère de la Visitation

Tarascon

Situé à l'entrée du monatère de la visitation, un petit magasin propose la production artisanale des Visitandines. Ainsi, on peut acquérir légumes, confitures, miel, tisanes (tilleul et verveine), essence de lavande, confection pour enfants (robes, sorties de bain)produits au sein du…

Souleïado
Cultural place

Souleïado

Tarascon

The Souléiado Museum was created in a private mansion which housed an Indian printing site from 1806. This society museum combines the history of our Provence with the traditional production of cotton fabrics. There are printed textiles with colourful motifs known as 'Indian textiles', which are…

Château de Tarascon
Cultural place

Château de Tarascon

Tarascon

The imposing fortress of Tarascon stands like a sentinel overlooking the waters of the Rhône. During the Middle Ages, the château was located on the border of the County of Provence, opposite Beaucaire and French territory, and gave the impression of defence. Louis II, Duke of Anjou and Count…

Ciergerie "l'Abbaye de Prémontrés"
Cultural place

Ciergerie "l'Abbaye de Prémontrés"

Tarascon

The Candle-Makers of the Abbey of the Prémontrés, a Living Heritage Business, perpetuate the ancestral skills of the White Fathers of the Prémontrés of Saint Michel de Frigolet Abbey in Provence. The Living Heritage Business label is a mark of recognition by the French State, awarded to…

Chapelle Saint Marcellin
Cultural place

Chapelle Saint Marcellin

Boulbon

The bottle procession takes place in Saint Marcellin Chapel on 1 June every year. On this day, all male residents of Boulbon go to the Chapel carrying a bottle of wine. After the Provençal service, the bottles are blessed. Each participant can then have a sip of wine, while the village police…

Le Rex
Cultural place

Le Rex

Tarascon

Two cinema screens. Dolby sound. Air conditioning. General release, original language, 3D and arthouse films; subscription card. All ticket prices reduced on Wednesdays.

Where to eat

La Caseta
Cuisine de Provence

La Caseta

Tarascon

Au coeur du centre-ville, devant le musée d'Art et d'Histoire, le restaurant La Caseta vous invite à découvrir une cuisine " Bistronomiquement familiale " 100% maison élaborée à partir de produits frais et de saison. Ambiance conviviale et chaleureuse garantie !!!

La Clé des Champs
Cuisine de Provence

La Clé des Champs

Tarascon

Restaurant, brasserie and grill by the roadside. In the heart of Provence and at the foot of the Alpilles, near Saint Rémy, Fontvielle and Les Baux de Provence. A stop-off point at the Saint Gabriel roundabout, between Avignon and Arles. Specialities: gardianne de toro, pieds paquets and aïoli

Bistrot méo
Cuisine de Provence

Bistrot méo

Tarascon

In a beautiful, thick-walled house with a small enclosed terrace bordered with Mediterranean trees, Emilie and Johan Thyriot welcome you to their jointly-run kitchen. They prepare Provençal market cuisine, sprinkled with unexpected aromas inspired by their travels to produce a clean, fresh and…

Les Echevins
Food guide restaurant

Les Echevins

Tarascon

Restaurant in the old centre, with two rooms and an air conditioned veranda, for a moment of relaxation or a gourmet pause for family or business meals. The chef serves delicious traditional cuisine prepared with fresh market products with the aroma of Provence.

Restaurant du Midi
Cuisine de Provence

Restaurant du Midi

Tarascon

Restaurant located in the town centre. Menus comprise seasonal products and delicious Provençal dishes. Bourride fish stew, paëlla, bouillabaisse to order

L'Agape Café
Cuisine de Provence

L'Agape Café

Tarascon

Situé au coeur de ville, sur la place du Marché à côté de l'Hôtel de ville du XVIIème siècle, ce petit restaurant familial propose une cuisine traditionnelle et provençale, des plats et des desserts faits maison dans une ambiance familiale et conviviale. Un accueil souriant et très…

La Maison Penchée
Cuisine de Provence

La Maison Penchée

Tarascon

Real leaning house, 5 km from the centre of Tarascon. At the crossroads of Arles and Fontvieille, at the foot of the Alpilles. Wonderful view.

Le Terminus
Cuisine de Provence

Le Terminus

Tarascon

Located in the town centre, near the station. Traditional local cuisine, dish of the day, Chef's suggestions, home-made dessert. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Convenient parking in a large car park, coach parking possible.

L'ambassy
Cuisine de Provence

L'ambassy

Tarascon

From Monday to Saturday, for snacks or lunch, several meal deals available. French and traditional cuisine prepared on the premises and served in a light, spacious dining room. Speciality: 'extraordinary' gourmet coffee.