The Roman theatre of Ancient Ostia lies within the archaeological area of the excavations. The theatre was built under the reign of Augustus at the end of the 1st century BC and was a majestic and imposing structure big enough to hold 2500 people. At the end of the 2nd century it was further amplified to bring it to a seating capacity of 4000.
The central corridor was then modified by Ragonius Vincent Celsus in the 4th century. He had a statue representing Rome installed, which is still visible behind the eastern nymphaeum. He also had the bases of statues moved from Piazzale delle Corporazioni which had fallen into a state of abandon.
The piazzale and theatre formed a grandiose complex, inside of which there were the offices of the most prestigious merchants and market traders in the city. The building was restored many times through the centuries, but notwithstanding the structural changes undergone, it conserves its full original charm from times gone by.
Today Ostia Antica's theatre is a venue for many cultural events - concerts, theatre shows, dance productions and cabaret performances.
Can be visited during the opening hours of the archaeological site
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