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Ariosto Theatre

The theatre was built between 1740 and 1741 according to a design by Antonio Cugini and destroyed in 1851 by a fire, and it was originally called "Teatro di Cittadella" (Cittadella Theatre) as it stood near the ancient defensive bulwark required by Gonzaga family (at the end of 1339) during their rule of Reggio Emilia.

Corso Cairoli, 1 - 42121 Reggio nell'Emilia
Phone 0039 0522 458811
Fondazione i Teatri

Ariosto Theatre, inside

Ariosto Theatre

The theatre was rebuilt in 1878 respecting the original project and dedicated to Ludovico Ariosto, the great poet born in Reggio Emilia in 1474. It usually hosts theatre performances.

The reconstruction of 1878 followed the "politeama" concept, that is, a theatre which can be used both for theatrical and equestrian events. According to the London and Paris models borrowed by all the Italian "politeama", the theatre had a cast iron structure; the cavea took on a semi-circular form; the box arrangement, maintained for the second tier, was replaced in the first and third tiers by single galleries. The orchestra pit was added in 1927 and the structures required for the equestrian shows were removed. At the same time the Theatre was completely redecorated by Anselmo Govi with late Art Nouveau style frescoes: the ones on the dome are particularly interesting, depicting the adventures of Orlando Furioso, and surrounded by a band citing the opening verses of the poem. In 1981 the Theatre underwent a series of restoration works: cleaning, demolition of precarious areas, strengthening or rebuilding of the floor structures (the stage first of all), and the laying of new flooring.

Show times

Night performances usually start at around 08:30 - 09:00 p.m., in the afternoon at 03:30 p.m.


See the table of events (detailed prices for the various programmes)
Season tickets and reduced price tickets for people under 25 and over 60. 
Young people under 25 in possession of a Gold Card are entitled to 50% reduction on the ticket price.
Special season tickets for music students. 
Season tickets for the Sunday afternoon season.
20% reduction for organized groups of at least 10 people.

Purchase of tickets: 
from Monday to Friday 04:00 - 07:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / 04:00 - 07:00 p.m.. 
On performance days, the ticket office is open one hour before the start of the performance.
Sundays in which there is a performance, the ticket office is open two hours before performance start.

How to get there

Located in the town centre, it is accessible on foot, parking at former Zucchi barracks and following Viale Allegri. From the railway station, it can be reached through buses in the direction of the town centre.