This imposing construction could
contain more than 10.000 spectators.
It was built in the mid second century, against
the hillside but not leaning on it. Indeed, the
tiers of seats are supported by a complex system
of vaults, protecting the building from the effect
of earth movement.
Besides theatre performances, other types of
literary events took place in the theatre where
the famous Apuleus declaimed many of his works.
Destroyed during the Vth century by the Vandals,
it was excavated at the end of the XIXth century,
was partially restored and used for theatre performances
or musical galas.
Since the 60’s, it has undergone further
restoration in order to host the major Carthage
international festival, during the summer, where
the greatest singers, theatre troupes as well
as national and international folk groups perform.