Spanish Culture on Summer Nights in a Roman Theater
Mérida is a provincial city in the east central part of Spain that conserves the country’s finest collection of Roman ruins, including an impressive amphitheater where they celebrate an annual summer theater festival. If you saw Ridley Scott’s Gladiator Mérida is where the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) made his home.
This year’s edition, the 59th, which runs from July 5 to August 25, features the comedies and tragedies of Euripides, Seneca, Plautus and Aristophanes as well as the more modern works of authors like Lúcio Apuleyo and Marguerite Yourcenar. Mérida’s theater festival offers something for everyone who admires Spanish culture, and the setting in the 2000-year-old Roman theater and the nighttime performances lend a special aura to everything.
…Images courtesy of Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida 2013