Next to the church of San Domenico lies the ex Dominican Convent which now houses the municipality of Agrigento and gives direct access to the Theatre of Pirandello within. The theatre is a rare and beautiful gem which dates back to the late 19th century: its acoustics are very much appreciated, as also its architectural beauty and sumptuous ornamentation. The theatre is named after the local playwright, Luigi Pirandello, awarded with the Nobel Prize in 1934. For those who are interested, the Casa Museo Luigi Pirandello located in contrada Caos at just a few kilometres from Agrigento houses a collection of original manuscripts, photographs and other personal items belonging to the famous author. In the foyer of the theatre several memorial plaques and statues of Pirandello and other local notables are exhibited. On entering the theatre you will be marvelled by its spacious beauty: three tiers of balconies disposed in a semicircle guarantee a prefect view of the stage from all angles. The ceiling and the facades of the balconies are richly decorated with frescoes. Give special attention to the stage curtain depicting Esseneto, a legendary 6th century athlete from Akragas, returning home after his victory at the Olympic games. Do not miss the “Cappella di S.ta Sofia” adjacent to the Theater’s foyer: an exhibition space of rare beauty.
The Municipal Theatre dedicated to Luigi Pirandello is located in the complex of the Municipal Halls, an extensive 18th century former Convent of the Dominican order.
The main entrance to the Theatre is located in the inner courtyard of the City Hall.
Open from Monday to Friday: 9.00 a.m. -1.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m.
Tickets Theatre Pirandello: € 2,50 per person
Teatro Pirandello: for further information and bookings
Comune di Agrigento, Piazza Pirandello, 1 – 92100 Agrigento
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 18' 40.95''
E 13° 34' 37.41''