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Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes, "The Tragedy of King Richard II" by Jean-Baptiste Sastre © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes - "Thyestes" by Thomas Jolly © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes - "Thyestes" by Thomas Jolly © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des Papes - "Antigone" by Satoshi Miyagi © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des Papes - "Story Water" by Emmanuel Gat © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes, "The Prince of Homburg" by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes, "I AM" by Lemi Ponifasio © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Intrance in the main courtyard of the Palais des papes © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes, "Le Sang des promesses" by Wajdi Mouawad © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 
  • It was in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palais des papes that the Festival d'Avignon began in 1947, with William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Richard II, directed by Jean Vilar. It has long remained the main venue of the Festival. It was only from the mid-1960s that new venues open. These new locations, often historical and seldom dedicated to live performance, offer surprising and original theatrical spaces and give Avignon its personality each summer as a city-theatre. While each year the Festival moves to new venues that meet the needs of artists, the Cour d'honneur du Palais des papes remains its legendary venue. An open-air theatre, for an audience of 2,000 people gathered in the Provencal night, in the heart of a monument on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

    On July 18, 2019, the "Sécuri-Site" label was awarded to the Festival d'Avignon and Avignon Tourisme for the Palais des papes site. This label - issued by the Préfecture of Vaucluse - highlights the respect of the systems, the actions and the means deployed by the operators in favour of the visitors and spectators security, complying with 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)