The IV Ciclo Teatros Romanos de Andalucía is once again bringing classic theatre to Roman sites throughout the south, including, throughout August, Baelo Claudia at Bolonia (Campo de Gibraltar · Tarifa)
Frankly we’d pay the ticket price just to spend a summer night sitting in what has to be the most spectacular theatre in Cadiz. Baelo Claudia was settled by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Not only was the beach site a top location for eyeing the Gibraltar Straits, but it was ideal for salting and drying fish, as well as trade with Africa, just across the water. Can’t imagine it was a hardship post. In fact the extensive ruins suggest this was a bustling and cosmopolitan place, and the fascinating exhibition in the cool museum backs that up.
The ampitheatre, built in the 1st century, has been restored and sufficiently shored up by teams of archeologists over the years to allow for limited use on special occasions for up to 500 lucky people. Amazing stuff.
And then there’s the actual productions themselves.
performed by EL AEDO TEATRO (pictured)
August 3-6 EL EUNUCO performed by Cía. CLÁSICOS CONTEMPORÁNEOS
August 11-13 Agosto EDIPO REY performed by TEATRO DEL NOCTÁMBULO
August 17-20 LOS CABALLEROS DE ARISTÓFANES performed by TEATRO DEL VELADOR
August 24-27 LA COMEDIA DE LA OLLA performed by JUNGLARÍA/GNP PRODUCCIONES
Performances start at 10pm
Tickets: €15; with discounted tickets for pensioners, students and unemployed (€12)
Available from Ticketmaster, and the theatre box office up until 2 hours before the performance. Call T: 902 150 025
Aside from the theatre nights, the Roman ruins at Baela Claudia are open to the public most days.
June 16-September 15, Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; June 17-December 31 Tues-Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day.
PHOTO: El Aedo Teatro (La Odisea)