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AU­GUS­TEO - One of the most fa­mous theatres in Naples, it is known for its big- bud­get per­for­mances in­clud­ing mu­si­cals, plays, come­dies, dance and prose. It is also home to the Carlo Buc­cirosso ac­tors’ school - pi­azzetta Duca d’Aosta, 263 - 081.414243 and 081.406698 - www.teatroau­gus­ BELLINI - One of the most beau­ti­ful theatres in the city, it can be vis­ited dur­ing the day. Visi­tors can clam­ber up its nar­row stair­case lead­ing to its small re­hearsal room host­ing bill­boards of old per­for­mances pa­tiently col­lected by Tato Russo, one of the great­est ac­tors and play­wrights in Italy - via Conte di Ruvo, 14 - 081.5491266 - www.teatro­ GAL­LE­RIA TOLEDO - Set within the heart of the Span­ish Dis­tricts, it is known on the Neapolitan the­atre scene for its con­tem­po­rary, ex­per­i­men­tal works and also stages pieces by well- known in­ter­na­tional play­wrights - via Con­cezione a Mon­te­cal­vario, 34 - 081.425824 TEATRO MER­CADANTE - It opened in 1779 as the ‘ Teatro del Real Fondo di Separazione’, with comic op­eras sung mainly in Tus­can. The the­atre was later used by Gioachino Rossini who be­came the mu­sic di­rec­tor of the royal theatres, Gio­vanni Pacini and Gae­tano Donizetti. Af­ter a pe­riod of rel­a­tive in­ac­tiv­ity, in 1871 it was re­named the Real Teatro Mer­cadante – pi­azza Mu­nici­pio – 081.5510336 – www.teatrosta­bile­ TEATRO NUOVO - Shake­speare, Beck­ett and Pa­solini are just some of the play­wrights whose work has been show­cased here. An ex­tremely mod­ern the­atre, It pro­vides a stage for emerg­ing Euro­pean writ­ers and is known for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach and ex­per­i­men­tal works - via Con­cezione a Mon­te­cal­vario, 16 - 081.425958 www.nuovoteatron­ TEATRO POSIL­LIPO - An off­shoot of the his­toric land­mark Posil­lipo cinema - a ref­er­ence point since the 1950s for cinema buffs - the Posil­lip The­atre is a ver­sa­tile, el­e­gant lo­ca­tion and events space set against the charm­ing back­drop of the Posil­lipo hill. Via Posil­lipo, 66 – www.teat­roposil­ TEATRO SAN CARLO - One of Naples’ crown jewels, the San Carlo The­ater is the Old­est Opera House in Europe. Built 41 years be­fore La Scala in Mi­lan and 55 years be­fore la Fenice in Venice, its de­sign was the model on which many, and if you ask a Neapolitan, all other Opera Houses would fol­low. Built for King Charles III in 1737, it was in­au­gu­rated on his name day or ono­mas­tico. With its 3,300 seats and pitch per­fect acous­tics, it quickly be­came the venue of the masters and the dream of the hope­fuls, mak­ing Naples the mu­sic cap­i­tal of Europe - via San Carlo, 98 - 081.7972111 www.teatro­san­ TEATRO SANCARLUCCIO - Boast­ing al­most 35 years of ac­tiv­ity in the Chi­aia dis­trict, it is the per­ma­nent home of the epony­mous com­pany, at­tract­ing both Neapolitan and world- class per­form­ers in­clud­ing big names like Roberto Benigni. The Sancarluccio stages a lot of ex­per­i­men­tal pieces, of­fer­ing new com­pa­nies a place to stage un­usual, in­no­va­tive pieces - via San Pasquale a Chi­aia, 49 - T: 081.405000 www.teatro­san­car­luc­ TRI­ANON - This the­atre of­fers a rich reper­toire of tra­di­tional Neapolitan mu­sic and the­atre. World­class per­form­ers and com­pa­nies who have graced its stage in­clude the Scar­petta, the De Filippo, the Vi­viani, the Taranto and, last but not least, Naples’ beloved comic ac­tor Totò – pi­azza Vin­cenzo Cal­enda, 9 - 081.2258285 - www.teatro­tri­

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