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.

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    2 rue Pelletan
    13150 Tarascon

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Where to stay

Les Prêcheurs
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Les Prêcheurs

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La Tour
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La Tour

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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…

Le Balcon
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Le Balcon

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Dans un mas provençal, bel appartement indépendant de 95m². Jardin fleuri et piscine.Le tout clôturé.

Les Echevins
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Les Echevins

Tarascon

Dans le centre ancien,l'hôtel des Échevins vous propose une pause au sein d'un hôtel de charme au caractère authentique entre les murs d'une ancienne demeure bourgeoise du XVIIème siècle.

Grand Mas De Lansac
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Grand Mas De Lansac

Tarascon

Farmhouse on a vineyard in the Tarascon countryside. Ground floor: kitchen, dining room / lounge with double sofa bed. Upstairs, two bedrooms with a double bed and two single beds. Bathroom with shower and bath and separate toilet. Terrace with garden furniture, barbecue. Pool furnished with 8…

Mas Mauléon
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Mas Mauléon

Tarascon

Beautiful XVIIth mas in the plain between Tarascon and Arles, between Alpilles and Montagnette. On a 4ha land with swimming pool (12x7m) and pool house (open from 15/04 to 15/10), petanque (bowling) area, shaded terrace of 90 m², enclosed terrace with barbecue of 35 m², tennis table, fishing…

Mas Pitras 2
Holiday rental

Mas Pitras 2

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…

Mas Gratte-Semelle
B&B

Mas Gratte-Semelle

Tarascon

Le Mas se situe dans la campagne provençale entre Tarascon et Graveson. Adossé à la Montagnette, il fait face aux sublimes Alpilles.

Hôtel De Provence
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Hôtel De Provence

Tarascon

Au coeur des Alpilles, cette belle demeure de charme du XVIIIème siècle est située au centre-ville de Tarascon en Provence. Riches de patrimoine et de culture, Arles, Nîmes et Avignon sont des destinations cotoyées par de nombreux visiteurs et étrangers.

Things to do

La Chèvrerie de Saint Jean
Produits laitiers - Fromage

La Chèvrerie de Saint Jean

Tarascon

La Chèvrerie de Saint Jean vous propose leurs préparations de fromages de chèvre frais et affinés, de la faisselle et de la brousse ... Passez vos commandes!

Miel Barbesier
Producer

Miel Barbesier

Tarascon

Traditional production of Provence honey, apiaries in La Montagnette. For sale at the weekly Tuesday market in Tarascon and all year in La Tarasque boulangerie-pâtisserie on Rue des Halles.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
Cultural place

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

Tarascon

Le musée d'art et d'histoire accueille une exposition thématique autour de la Résistance et de la Déportation d'Arles et du pays d'Arles pour les semaines de la mémoires - parcours de résistances (Pays d'Arles/1940-1944) jusqu'au 31 mars 2018. A partir du 22 février, le musée abrite le…

Ancienne Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon
Monument

Ancienne Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon

Tarascon

Ce pavillon est une habitation privée depuis 2008, anciennement Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon, héro du roman d'Alphonse Daudet. La Maison de Tartarin de Tarascon, située 55bis boulevard Itam, existait depuis 1985. Elle était la reconstitution de la maison du célèbre chasseur immortalisé…

Chèvrerie du Mas Doutreleau
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Chèvrerie du Mas Doutreleau

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Tapissier de Provence
Craftsman

Tapissier de Provence

Tarascon

Tapissier, mais aussi sellier pour bâteau, voiture, moto depuis plus de dix ans Mr DHAOUADI est installé place du marché.

Pâtisserie Morin
Greed, Greediness

Pâtisserie Morin

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Speciality: 'Tarasque', 'Tartarinades' and 'Bésuquettes de Tartarin' (made with chocolate and praline). Exclusive registered trademark. Delicious almond biscuits perfumed with orange and chocolate and filled with crème fraiche are produced as effigies of the monster and mascot La Tarasque ( a…

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Château de Roussan

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Fromagerie du Mas Reynaud
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Fromagerie du Mas Reynaud

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Vente directe au mas de fromages de chèvre.

Where to eat

Les Echevins
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Les Echevins

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Inspirations

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The Calanques

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Inspirations

Inspirations

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The "Navette"

The "Navette"

Terroir

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La Poutargue

La Poutargue

'Boutargue', an amber-coloured jewel fished on the shores of Martigues...