Duration: 75 minutes without interval

On Tuesday 14 July the performance will be broadcast live at mare culturale urbano at n. 15, Via Gabetti.

Massimo Popolizio performs the second chapter of the masterpiece by Bulgakov, the twenty-five pages dedicated to the governor of the Roman province of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, and his encounter in Jerusalem with a strange individual, Yehosua Ha-Nozri, whose death is called for by the crowds, stirred up by the high priest Caiaphas. The writing is of such power as to immediately suggest to the reader that this death, the point of origin of one of the three most practised religions in the world, could not have taken place in any other manner than that told by Bulgakov.

“The universally known story of Jesus Christ, from his arrest to his crucifixion on Golgotha, is here seen from the point of view of the governor Pilate - explains Popolizio. We experience his migraines, his panic attacks when facing the crowds, his terror induced by his encounter with Caiaphas. The fear, the dismay of finding himself faced with a profoundly unsettling situation in meeting with the prisoner Yehosua from the city of Gamla, all become our point of view, as though Pilate was permanently followed by a camera”. The words of the actor are interwoven with the musical backdrop created by Stefano Saletti and Barbara Eramo, compositions that are in part original and in part inspired by Mediterranean and Sephardic Jewish tradition. The music underlines the most intense parts of the text and support the narration of Popolizio, leading the spectator to travel through time and space, through the words and the ancient and evocative timbres and sounds.

Chiostro Nina Vinchi
from 14 to 16 July 2020, 9.30. p.m.
from "The Master and Margherita" by Michail Bulgakov
with Massimo Popolizio
music Stefano Saletti
Stefano Saletti, oud, bouzouki, bodhran, vocals
Barbara Eramo, vocals
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa 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 piccoloteatro.org 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 vivaticket.it.

Tickets for the shows in other venues throughout the city can, as always, be purchased from the website piccoloteatro.org 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.