Arlecchino Torn in Three

Theatre (international, family)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Fancy a trip to Venice in Edinburgh? Join Arlecchino as he takes on two jobs and two masters. Midsummer madness rages! Master number one: Beatrice, disguised as a man, searches for her beloved Florindo and she hires Arlecchino. Master number two: Florindo, accused of murdering Beatrice's brother, escapes to Venice and he hires Arlecchino. True love or tragedy? At his wit's end and starving, will Arlecchino ever get his dinner? Three versatile actors, nine roles! Physical storytelling with masks, puppets and music bring Venice to life, blending tradition and innovation.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Please enter the building via the car park entrance where there is a ramp access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Philip 53 days ago

Really great show! Prefect for everyone...don't miss it!

Jo Walton 53 days ago

Commedia dell Arte has stock characters, a lot of improvisation, and a thin thread of script, so it's ideal for Fringe. This production is wonderful, in English and Italian at the same time, and very very funny. The timing and energy of the three person cast is impressive and terrfic. This is a living part of the history of theatre, and also hilarious. Do see this if you can.

Ada Palmer 53 days ago

Highly recommended for anyone interested in classic theater! A wonderfully traditional Commedia dell'Arte performance, three masters of the art switching effortlessly from character to character bringing all the familiar figures to life: Pantalone, il Dottore, the lovers, performing classic lazzi (improvisational comic bits) as documented back to the 17th century. They switch back and forth from Italian to English, always providing enough English to make the action and subjects clear while letting us taste the lush regional Italian dialects which are one of the signatures of the classic characters. For anyone who hasn't seen commedia and wants to understand how Shakespeare and his contemporaries were influenced by the enormously popular Italian theater, this is not to be missed, and one can see the very same comic bits which recur in Henry IV, the Comedy of Errors and other theatrical treasures. A real and rare treat! We plan to see it again, since one charm of commedia is that it's different every time!

Faye 56 days ago

A rare opportunity to experience a high energy modern revisit of traditional Venetian theatre. Arlecchino is made accessible to all ages and captivates with bags of original charme. Think Figaro or Punch and Judy with a light-hearted Italian spirit.

Patricia Castro Sánchez 59 days ago

Very disappointing. The story is very hard to follow and the jokes are not funny and too silly for adult audience. I really don't recommend it.

Charles Watherston 61 days ago

High energy madcap Shakespearean comedy of errors performed with gusto and talent, great fun for all the family!

Joanna Ferris 62 days ago

A wonderful chance to see see proper Commedia from Venice. Well worth a visit to see some amazing physical comedy from people who know exactly how it should be done!!

Alice Fernbank 66 days ago

An explosive, joyful, and thoroughly entertaining experience. Three highly skilled commedia actors take you on a farcical journey into the chaotic world of Arlecchino.
The performance is in English and Italian which enriches the experience and adds to its authenticity. I absolutely loved every minute of it.

Svend-Erik Engh 66 days ago

A performance that left me with a big smile and a happy feeling in my heart. The three actors was brilliant and the energy was high and full of joy. The involvement of the audience was great and the two languages melted into one and made the whole show unique to experience. Go and see this wonderful piece of Venice in the heart of Edinburgh.

Margherita 67 days ago

Spettacolo divertente, emozionante, dinamico... Fantastico! Adatto a tutte le età, bambini e un po' meno bambini!

Diego Landi 68 days ago

Ottimo spettacolo da non perdere assolutamente! Attori fantastici e divertentissimi. Già visti a Venezia. Già prenotato Edimburgo!

Stefano Pesce 68 days ago

Bellissimo spettacolo in inglese e italiano. Divertente, originale adatto anche ai bambini. Da non perdere!

Dagmara K 70 days ago

Good silly fun and impressively energetic, acrobatic performances. Especially enjoyable if you have some familiarity with commedia dell'arte and/or know any Italian, but I don't think either of those is necessary to have a good time.

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Primary Times 66 days ago

It was a real pleasure to watch. The physical acting was captivating and I thought the slow motion scene when Arlecchino is serving his two masters was visually stunning and Arlecchino folding of a letter was a treat and eating bread – my son Ben (8) was delighted that bread fell on his head. The show gives kids a taste of Venice, through music, language, costumes (harlequin trousers, venetian masks) and you really were made to feel welcomed into the family.

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