Roman Amphitheatres, Theatres and Circuses

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to Roman amphitheatres, theatres and circuses – the three principal classes of purpose-built entertainment structure in the Roman world, which are all represented in Britain.

Amphitheatres are all either oval or elliptical in plan. Roman theatres, such as the Gosbecks Farm site near Colchester, are semi-circular structures. The Roman circus generally consisted of an elongated oval track surrounded by tiers of seating along both its long sides and one, curved, end.

Descriptions of the asset type as well as its associations and a brief chronology are included.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Chronology
  • Subsequent history
  • Associations
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 16
  • Product Code: HEAG227


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