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  • Theatre
    Show
  • Architecture

  • 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 July
    • Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes
    • Running time 3h35
     
 
  • Dance
    Show
  • Outwitting the Devil

  • 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 July
    • Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes
    • Running time 1h20
     
 
 
 

The venue

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace, "La Tragédie du roi Richard II" by Jean-Baptiste Sastre © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace - "Thyese" by Thomas Jolly © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace - "Thyese" by Thomas Jolly © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace - "Antigone" by Satoshi Miyagi © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace - "Story Water" by Emmanuel Gat © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace, "Le Prince de Hombourg" by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace, "I AM" by Lemi Ponifasio © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Intrance in the main courtyard of the Pope's palace © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur of the Popes Palace, "Le Sang des promesses" by Wajdi Mouawad © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 
  • It was in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palais des papes (Popes' Palace) that Festival d'Avignon began in 1947, with William Shakespeare's tragedy Richard II, directed by Jean Vilar. It has long remained the main venue of the Festival. It is only from the mid-1960s that new venues were opened. These new locations, often historical and seldom dedicated to the performing arts, make for surprising and original theatrical venues, giving the city-theatre of Avignon its personality each summer. If the Festival opens each year news venues responding to the needs of the artists, the Cour d'Honneur of the Palais des papes remains its legendary venue. An open-air theatre, for an audience of 2,000 people gathered in the Provencal night, at the heart of a monument on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

    On July 18th 2019, the Festival d'Avignon and Avignon Tourisme have been awarded the label “Sécuri-Site” for the Palais des papes. This label, issued by the Préfecture de Vaucluse, highlights the respect of the measures, and the actions and means executed by the managers in favour of the visitor and spectator security, complying with a responsible partnership.

    Numbered seats.

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    from AVIGNON-CENTRe train station 

    from the PARKING DES ITALIENS

    from the PARKING JEAN JAURÈS

    from the PARKING DE L'ORATOIRE

    from the PARKING DE L'ÎLE PIOT

    Address
    Place du Palais des papes
    84000 Avignon (within the city walls)