Theatres (and more) free all day Saturday in Milan

22 Oct. Initiative launched by culture ministry.

Theatres across Milan – including the world famous Teatro alla Scala – will offer free entrance on Saturday 22 October to under-26s, in a repeat of last year’s successful experiment.

Headlined “Una poltrona per te” (A seat for you), Saturday’s offer will include performances at nine of the city’s theatres and concert halls. Details of the theatres taking part in the programme are available on the event website, where theatregoers can register free and make pre-bookings.

A total of 11,000 free tickets will be available for the plays and concerts in the day’s programme, with some of the venues offering different shows at different times of day.

In general, under-26s may collect up to two places at the box offices after 15.30 each day up to Friday, as long as seats are available. Underage guests must be accompanied by an adult, and an ID document will be required for entrance.

At La Scala, the free performance will be the dress rehearsal for the forthcoming performance of the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, opening on 26 October. The rehearsal starts at 10.00, and tickets can be booked from 12.00 to 18.00 until Friday at the box office Biglietteria Centrale, located in the Sagrato Gallery in Piazza del Duomo.

The initiative, sponsored by the Italian culture ministry, comes hard on the heels of the recent €2 cinema entrance offer for the second Wednesday of each month, as well as the free museum entry on the first Sunday of the month, as central government promotes the country’s cultural renewal.

Theatres in other Lombardy towns and cities are also taking part: Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cadegliano, Crema, Cremona and Pavia.