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December 12, 2023

Shows not to be missed during the Christmas holidays in Florence

From the classics to contemporary. Theatre for all tastes and all ages

A month full of events, between tradition and novelty: the most interesting shows in the main theatres in Florence over the Christmas period.

  • Friday 22 December, at the Teatro del Maggio, 8pm, Rossini's La petite messe solemnelle celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Coro del Maggio, on the podium the choirmaster Lorenzo Fratini.

  • On Saturday 23 December, at the Teatro della Pergola at 9pm, the Ballet of the National Opera House of Romania in The Nutcracker. One of the immortal masterpieces of 19th century ballet history by Marius Petipa.

the nutcracker ballet

  • From 23 December to 3 January, including 31 December (8.30 pm) at the Teatro della Pergola, Pierpaolo Sepe conducts Giuliana De Sio and Alessandro Haber in Massimo Carlotto's adaptation of his novel of the same name La signora del Martedì.

  • The ORT's Christmas concert is on Sunday 24 December at the Teatro Verdi (at 5pm), conducted by Diego Ceretta with violinist Erica Picciotti in the programme Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky, the Divertimento for Strings K.136 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Symphony .8 by Dvořák.

  • On Monday 26 December (4.45pm) the Teatro Verdi will also host IO? DOPPIO! Politically correct by Paolo Ruffini, a show full of dubbing in Livornesaccio.

  • The Teatro Puccini proposes A Christmas Carol, a Christmas tale by Dickens full of humour, with the Centrale dell'Arte from 26 to 28 December suitable for all ages.

  • From 27 to 31 December, the Teatro del Maggio takes us to China with Shen Yun, an event not to be missed, an explosion of perfectly coordinated colours ready to amaze young and old alike.

  • On 27 December, a double date with the Nutcracker at the Teatro Verdi, get ready to experience a Christmas night in a fairy realm where toys become animated figures together with the Roma City Ballet Company. The protagonists will be a sweet maiden named Clara (played by Iana Salenko), a Nutcracker Prince (Dinu Tamazlacaru) and a Sugarplum Fairy (Xsenia Ovsyanick), directed by the prestigious Luciano Cannito.

  • From 28 December to 1 January, the Teatro di Rifredi returns Fiesta: after 20 years, Fabio Canino brings back to the stage the comedy tribute to Raffaella Carrà and her songs.

  • From 29 to 31 December at the Teatro Puccini, a brilliant and moving, at times irreverent show awaits you: Piccole donne Crescono? starring Anna Meacci, Chiara Riondino and Daniela Morozzi, a deconstruction of the well-known novel where the moralistic aspects and traditional precepts will emerge as the March sisters attempt to break the centuries-old laws imposed on the conduct of women.

  • From 29 December to 3 January, the Teatro Verdi will host the Musical Cabaret. Arturo Brachetti and Diana Del Bufalo will take you back to early post-war Berlin, with a dose of Brechtian provocation that will keep you in suspense until the end.


  • On 31 December at the Lumière Theatre, the Compagnia del Lumière takes on the first cantica of Dante's masterpiece with the show Inferno, rereading it in a playful and musical tone, through the best-known songs of our time. It is an ironic show also suitable for children. the show will also be available from 12 to 14 January 2024.

  • At the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the traditional New Year's Eve concert will be staged on 1 January 2024, with the Orchestra of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.

  • Also at the Teatro Verdi to open the new year (1 January 2024 at 5.00 p.m.) under the baton of Nicolò Jacopo Suppa, will be Alessia Panza (soprano) and Giuseppe Infantino (tenor) together with the Orchestra della Toscana with music by Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, Georges Bizet, Ruggero Leoncavallo and Gioachino Rossini.

  • At the Teatro del Maggio, special event on 5 January: a concert by the Orchestra del Maggio conducted by John Axelrod, with pianist Giulia Mazzoni presenting the world premiere of the album YAS, Your Anima System, 8 pm, Sala Grande.

Giulia Mazzoni (pianoforte) © Jarno Iotti

  • On 6 January at Tuscany Hall comes Stefano De Martino with Meglio stasera (Better Tonight), a jewel of a song by Miranda Martino arranged by Morricone, a show that will allow people to get to know the conductor better and spend a couple of hours in light-heartedness.

  • From 11 to 14 January at the Verdi Theatre the setting for these Christmas festivities is Matilda Musical, for the first time in Italy, based on the famous children's novel, directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, with Luca Ward in the role of the terrible Miss Trinciabue and with The Pozzolis Family.

Matilda Musical

  • Closing the festivities on 14 January at Tuscany Hall is a fairy tale from the past revisited in history: Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty in the Woods, a musical that catapults young and old alike into the evocative atmosphere of an enchanted wood and a dark forest among fairies, ogres and a wicked witch. It is an enthralling show in which true love overcomes every barrier, even that of time.

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