Theatres in Florence

The theatre season runs from September/ October into April/May, which is not to say that Florence comes to a standstill then, but many of the main stages stay quiet while more festive cultural events take the centre piece. Most performances are conducted in Italian, so a good understanding of the language is vital (if you want to understand it that is!) Performances are typically productions of classic Italian dramas or foreign plays in translation, interspersed with the occasional contemporary production. The Teatro della Pergola and the Teatro Verdi are the two chief venues for drama in Florence:

Teatro della Pergola
Via della Pergola 12-32
Tel: 055 22641 or 055 226 4316

Established in 1656 this exquisite and very intimate theatre is one of the oldest in the whole of Italy. Richly and ornately decorated with red and gold fabrics and three layers of boxes, it serves as the perfect location for chamber music and small scale operas. Most of the Amici della Musica chamber concerts are held here, while the Teatro Comunale also uses it for the Maggio festival. Performances from the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (Florentine Chamber Orchestra), season also runs here from March to October.

Teatro Verdi
Via Ghibellina 101
Phone: 055 212320 / 2396242
Website: Teatro Verdi

There are seasons of drama, opera, concerts and dance here from January to April and October to December and is the main venue for Florence’s Orchestra della Toscana.

Teatro Goldoni
Via Santa Maria 15
Tel: 055 210 804

This lovely, little theatre in the heart of the Oltrarno dates back to the early 18th century and seats only 400 people. A long restoration programme was finally completed in the late 1990′s and it is now under the direction of the Teatro del Maggio. Its limited performances include chamber music and small scale opera and ballet.

Teatro Puccini
Piazza Puccini
Tel: 055 362 067
Website: Teatro Puccini

Called ‘Off Theatre’, this cozy theatre offers a wide variety of performances from opera to new plays and can seat over 600 people. In January they are showing ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde There are new Italian dramas at:

Teatro di Rifredi
Via V. Emanuele 303
Tel: 055 422 0361
Website: Teatro di Rifredi

Experimental theatre can be found at:

Teatro Studio di Scandicci
Via Donizetti 58
Tel: 055 757 348

Avant garde theatre can be found at:

Ex-Stazione Leopolda
Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5
Phone: 055 247 83 32
This former train station (near the Cascine Park) has been converted into a performance arts space – in fact several spaces. Theatre, most of it of an avant-garde nature, is the most common thing you’ll find here, although occasionally concerts are put on as well.

Teatro della Limonaia
Via Gramsci 426, Sesto Fiorentino
Tel: 055 44 08 52

This place, well beyond the centre of Florence, is one of the leading avant-garde theatres in Italy. Take the bus No 28 from the bus station at Santa Maria Novella.

Other types of theatre:

Children’s performances:

Teatro Cantiere Florida
Via Pisana 111
Tel: 055 713 1783
Website: Teatro Cantiere Florida
Open: Telephone bookings only 9am-1pm, 3-6pm Mon – Fri

This spacious theatre is actually an ex-cinema and features a wide stage and orginal brick walls. One of the theatres main objectives is to promote the talents of young actors, directors and scriptwriters, to a primarily young audience, the main reason why many of the productions are specifically targeted at children. Such shows include ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘Peter Pan’.


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