Pane o libertà

Duration: 80 minutes

On Tuesday 7 July the performance will be broadcast live at mare culturale urbano at n. 15, Via Gabetti.

In this period characterised “more by questions than answers”, Paolo Rossi returns to the Piccolo with Pane o libertà. Su la testa, a new play which combines stand-up comedy, Commedia dell’Arte and Greek comedy to form the prototype for a different way of creating theatre: a project created in collaboration with the Teatro Stabile di Bolzano aimed at being a highly social theatrical event.

“I got the title Pane o libertà (Bread or freedom) from a book - explains Paolo Rossi -. I find it very meaningful, as it presents a choice between eating, living or having freedom”. The subtitle, Su la testa (heads up) was coined by the actor in 1992 for the programme that saw him crowned “the most rock of all Italian comedians”.

Together with the musicians Emanuele Dell’Aquila, Alex Orciari and Stefano Bembi, who make up the band Anciens Prodiges, Paolo Rossi leads the audience on a journey that begins with the archetypical figure of Harlequin (“who had a return ticket for the afterlife”) to reach what could be considered as his evolution, or rather a popular entertainer capable of ranging from the stalls to cabaret.

“Playing with the illusion of placing me on the stage - or on whatever we use as such according to need - both as an actor, as a character and as a person, I will re-evoke my lucid dreams made up of stories that are a help in resisting, in choosing between bread and freedom, or even of not choosing at all - continues Rossi -. These are stories of artists who I have been fortunate enough to encounter in real life. The maestros Jannacci, Gaber, De André,and Fo, and even the ghost of Callas, as well as the comedians from the Derby and other lesser-known people. I will speak about these phantasmagorical and poetic figures, figures that cannot be controlled by any small or big brother, who provide comfort and ideas for resistance and hope. I would like to do something that provides my comicality with an escape route to a social form of theatre, characterised by the poetry of the funny and the magical. The bare minimum. Just enough to boost the immune systems of the spectators present... or less”.

In caso di maltempo gli spettacoli si sposteranno all'interno della sala del Teatro Grassi​Chiostro Nina Vinchi
from 7 to 9 July 2020, 9.30 p.m.
Pane o libertà
Su la testa

by and with Paolo Rossi
live music Emanuele Dell’Aquila, Alex Orciari, Stefano Bembi
a Teatro Stabile di Bolzano production

In collaboration with Fondazione Cariplo
The shows form part of the "Aria di Cultura" programme organised by the Municipality of Milan

In the event of bad weather, performances will take place at the Teatro Grassi.
Assigned seats will be indicated on the seats in the auditorium.

Seats € 5 each

Tickets for the shows at the Chiostro can be purchased online by credit card from the website or via the box office line service on +39 02.42.411.889, open from Monday to Saturday, 9.45 a.m. - 6.45 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For purchases by telephone a valid email address must be provided, to which the electronic ticket will be sent.

Subscription holders and spectators who already have vouchers can use them to purchase seats on

Tickets for the shows in other venues throughout the city can, as always, be purchased from the website or via the box-office line.

All shows can be accessed by showing the ticket either printed or directly from a smartphone. In the event that tickets have been forgotten, spectators are advised that it will not be possible to print the ticket before entering.

The box offices will remain closed in order to encourage purchases online or via the box office line.

In the event of bad weather, the shows will be performed in the Teatro Grassi. Assigned seats will be indicated on the seats in the auditorium.


• In order to prevent queues and crowding, we invite spectators to arrive at the venue no earlier than 30 minutes before the beginning of the performance.

• Spectators with a body temperature equal to or higher than 37.5°C will not be allowed access to the performance, and will have the right to a refund for their ticket.
The personnel at the entrance will have dedicated thermal scanners for measuring temperature.

• In order to access the performances it is obligatory for masks or other personal protective equipment (non-medical masks) to be worn, and hands must be sanitised with the dedicated dispensers. Spectators without masks can ask for one at the entrance.

• Spectators are invited to show their printed or digital ticket at the entrance.
In the event that tickets have been forgotten, spectators are advised that it will not be possible to print the ticket before entering on the evening of the performance.

• The places assigned guarantee physical distancing as provided for by health regulations. As a sign of respect for others, we kindly ask you to follow the indications provided by staff.