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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 - 081.7972331 - www. teatro­san­

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