La vedova Socrate

On Friday 31 July the performance will be broadcast live at mare culturale urbano at n. 15, Via Gabetti

A passing of the baton between two women of stage and comedy: Lella Costa accepts the invitation from Franca Valeri to perform one of her most famous works, La vedova Socrate.

Freely inspired by Dürrenmatt’s The Death of Socrates, the monologue is set in the antiques shop run by Santippe, the wife of the philosopher, described by historians as one of the most insupportable women in ancient history.

“I was fascinated by the idea of disproving this myth that Santippe was nothing more than a kind of shrew - explains the writer -. I portray her as a wife, just like many others, with a daily life full of ups and downs. A strong and intelligent woman who also sees her husband’s many defects”.

Santippe is finally given the opportunity to speak about her marriage and what she had to put up with thanks to Socrates’s friends, from Aristophanes to Alcibiades, a bunch of good-for-nothings, above all Plato, Socrate’s favourite disciple who stole all his ideas, presenting them, albeit faithfully, in his Dialogues. Santippe can’t get over this, reducing him to an exploiter of the words of others and even considering asking him for royalties...

What emerges is an ironic and sharp-witted story, with Santippe deciding to write a dialogue herself, one that focuses on women. There is no need to study the true nature of one’s husband, one needs only to accept him as he is, both alive and dead. Besides, “the death of a husband is a thing of such suffering that no woman would go without”.

Chiostro Nina Vinchi
from 31 July to 2 August 2020, 9.30 p.m.
La vedova Socrate
by Franca Valeri
freely inspired by "The Death of Socrates" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
with the kind permission of Diogenes Verlag AG
directed by Stefania Bonfadelli
with Lella Costa
a Centro Teatrale Bresciano production
project by

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.