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7 spose per 7 fratelli

text Irene Buonamore

October 28, 2022

10 shows not to be missed in Florence theatres

The events to put on the agenda until the end of the year

So many shows on stage in the major theatres in Florence this autumn, but which one should you choose? Here are the 10 unmissable until the end of the year.

Here the whole season of the Maggio Musicale, here that of the Teatro della Pergola and here that of the Teatro Verdi.

  • Siddharta: In the Saloncino Paolo Poli of the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 November, Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha, in Massimo Mila's translation, becomes a play directed by Manuele Morgese, who leaves the style and structure of the text intact: it starts from our days, from the deafening noise of technology. On stage, Mariano Rigillo, Morgese himself, Riccardo Feola, Sara Adami. The narration, the real protagonist, returns frequently, as if the spectator were flipping, one by one, through the pages of the twelve chapters of the book, and merges with the context of the video creations and animations created by Cosimo Brunetti on a huge transparent backdrop that acts as a diaphragm to the actions and scenic suggestions of the characters.

Siddhartha - Rigillo, Morgese

  • L’interpretazione dei sogni: still talking about La Pergola, the Sala Grande season is opened from 14 to 18 December by the only one Italian who won a Tony Award for the best play: Stefano Massini. He will debut for the national premiere with L’interpretazione dei sogni, based on his romance titled Sigmund Freud, giving life to a real hodgepodge of characters who tell their dreams and leave space to several interpretations to the public.

Stefano Massini ph Marco Borrelli

  • Mamma Mia: the ever-present musicals’ classic. At Teatro Verdi, from 2 to 6 November, there will be on stage Mamma Mia, directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, with Luca Ward, Clayton Norcross, Sergio Muniz, Sabrina Marciano.


  • Lo Schiaccianoci: To end the year, Teatro Verdi proposes one of the most loved ballets. Based on the Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann’s film published in 1816, get on stage the Balletto di Milano company on the 27 December.

Lo Schiaccianoci

  • La vita davanti a sè: Silvio Orlando stage the show based on the Romain Gary book telling the story as Momò, the ten years old Arabic child who lives in the boarding house of Madame Rosa, an old ex prostitute who take care of the “workplace accidents” of her younger colleagues. The play will be on stage at Teatro Puccini from 8 to 11 November.

  • Ernani: it is one of the Verdi dedicated plays and the fourth opera in the Festival D’Autunno bill of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. It stages on November 10 and in reply on the 13,15,18, 20 of the same month in the Zubin Metha hall. The artistic director will be James Conlon and the director will be Leo Muscato.

  • Don Carlo: from December 27 to January 8 there will be Don Carlo for 5 acts in the Sala Grande directed by Daniele Gatti.

Francesco Meli (Don Carlo) © Victor Santiago

  • Le memorie di Ivan Karamazov: Umberto Orsini brings on stage his drama of Fëdor M. Dostoevskij’s romance. Backed up with a music that highlights the emotional dialogue, moving and tormented, the play will be on stage on the 25 and 26 November.

  • El amor brujo + La consagración de la primavera: One of the national premieres at the Pergola, staging from 9 to 12 November. The play is the union of two projects, which were initially a disaster but now are called masterpiece, to which Israel Galván simultaneously worked at from 2019 and which today, after the pandemic, he is ready to stage for the first time In Italy.

Israel Galvan Genève 2020 photos Jean Louis Duzert

  • A Christmas Carol: it cannot be missed, to start feeling the Christmas atmosphere, another one of the musical classic based on the Charles Dickens’s Christmas romance Canto di Natale. On stage Roberto Ciufoli on 17 and 18 December.

  • 7 Brides for 7 Brothers: from Thursday 29 December to Wednesday 4 January 2023 at Teatro Verdi the musical based on the 1954 Stanley Donen film of the same name, which has been missing from the stage of Teatro Verdi since 2014. This new edition, directed by Luciano Cannito, features a cast of 22 performers, with musical direction by Peppe Vessicchio and starring Diana Del Bufalo and Baz. The story is set in 1850s Oregon and the sets and beautiful costumes transport us to the atmosphere of the American western.

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