Pane o libertà

Duration: 80 minutes without interval

Following his performances this summer at the Chiostro and Milanese Municipal buildings, Paolo Rossi returns to the Strehler with Pane o libertà. Su la testa, a show that unites stand-up comedy, Commedia dell’Arte and Greek comedy to create a prototype for an alternative form of theatre; a project created with the Teatro Stabile of Bolzano that aims to be a form of theatre with high social value.

“I got the title Pane o libertà (Bread or freedom) from a book - explains Paolo Rossi -. I find it very significant, 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 phantasmagoric 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”.

Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 13 to 25 October 2020
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 / Teatro Stabile del Veneto​ coproduction

Stalls: Full price € 33
Balcony: Full price € 26

Where and when to purchase tickets
From Monday 14 September 2020 it will be possible to purchase tickets for programmed performances taking place from September to December and use vouchers as payment.
No subscriptions schemes are available for the aforementioned performances.
It is possible to purchase full-price and discounted tickets online. Tickets for all productions for the current season can be purchased up to one hour before the beginning of scheduled performances. Purchased tickets are sent by email at the moment of purchase and are available on the user’s personal profile. Tickets can be purchased with either credit card or with subscription vouchers.

Box office line +39 02.42.411.889
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Open from 1 to 6 August and from 31 August 2020 from Monday to Saturday from 9.45 6.45 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the event of performances on bank holidays, the service is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is possible to purchase full-price or discounted tickets (for under -26 and over -65).
Purchased tickets are sent by email.
Access to the auditorium with reduced-price tickets is subject to verification by the theatre personnel.
Payment can be made by credit card (with the exception of American Express).

Piccolo Teatro Strehler box office
The Teatro Strehler box office (L. go Greppi, 1 – Metro M2 station Lanza) will be open from Monday 14 September 2020 and will observe the following opening hours: from Monday to Saturday 9.45 a.m. to 6.45 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.; closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
It is possible to purchase full-price or discounted tickets (for under -26 and over -65). Access to the auditorium with reduced-price tickets is subject to verification by the theatre personnel.
For the final hour before the beginning of a performance, the box office is available exclusively for the production that is due to begin.

Teatro Grassi and Teatro Studio Melato box offices
The Teatro Grassi and Teatro Studio Melato box offices are open solely on the day of performances for one hour before the beginning of the programmed performance.

For artistic reasons, access to the auditorium is not permitted once the performance has started. You may take your seat during any intervals.
Purchased tickets cannot be cancelled or substituted or be used for dates or times which differ from those indicated.

Safety measures for access to performances

• In order to avoid queues and crowing, spectators are invited to arrive at the place of performance in good time.

• It is possible to access the auditorium by showing your ticket directly from your smartphone.

• 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.

• All spectators must wear face masks (general regulations apply for children) and sanitise their hands via the dedicated dispensers. Spectators without masks can ask for one at the entrance.

• The seating in the auditorium respects current distancing regulations.

For information on tickets and the use of vouchers for organised groups, please contact the Office for Public Promotion and Cultural Proposals on +39 02 72 333 216 email: