COORDINATES: 36º52’46.55’’N // 6º54’18.76’’ETIPOLOGY: Roman theatre. Urban.
DATE: II A.D. Probably in Hadrian times or later.
TRANSFORMATIONS: III A.D.
CAPACITY: 5.000 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing East. 82,4 m. diameter. Ima cavea was built against hillside but summa was on radial walls that still survives.
ORCHESTRA: The theatre was hardly restored in modern times, there is not too much remains and nothing about the orchestra.
STAGE BUILDING: The place were the stage building was built is now occupied by a school.
LOCATION: The ancient theatre is in the centre of the modern Skikda, east of Algeria.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Sear, Frank; “Roman theatres: an architectural study”. Oxford University Press, 2006. // Ciancio Rossetto, Paola; Giuseppina Pisani Sartorio (eds); “Teatri Greci e Romani: alle origini del linguaggio rappresentato”. Rome: SEAT, 1995. // Lancel, Serge; “L’Algérie antique”. Paris, Mengès, 2003. // Blas de Roblès, Jean Marie; Sintes, Claude; “Sites et monuments antiques de l’Algérie”. Aix-en-Provence, Édisud, 2003.
OUT OF PRINT: There is not too much remains of Rusicade´s ancient theatre, but there is a special charm, maybe because in in the meddle of an Algeria modern city, full of life; when I visited the theatre I could listening boys and girls giving the lesson in class, where the orchestra were built there´s now a modern school. While I was walking and taking pictures of the theatre, my Algerian friend Nordine was taking spearmint that grew between the upper radial walls of the theatre; when we left the theatre we were to drink a tea, and Nordine asked the owner of the coffee shop that made the tea with the spearmint that he took... I will not forget that tea, a tea that grew in a roman´s theatre cavea.