At the Barbican Theatre Inner Voices by Eduardo De Filippo, directed and starring Toni Servillo, star of the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty and the voice of the institutional campaign Rethink Energy.
The result of the collaboration and support of Eni, the London tour follows 188 performances in Italy and around the world, that have everywhere enjoyed full houses and the enthusiasm of audiences.
The long international tour which has already visited Marseilles, Chicago, Girona, Saint Petersburg and Paris (and which will continue to Madrid) makes a stop in another legendary theatre of the European cultural and theatrical scene, the Barbican Centre, where the play will be performed for four nights in the centre's 1,156-seat theatre from 26 to 29 March.
Three side events will accompany the performances:
- Monday 24 March, at 6.30 pm
At the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in London there will be a screening of 394 Trilogia nel mondo, a documentary by Massimiliano Pacifico on the international tour and another success of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatri Uniti di Napoli, Carlo Goldoni’s Trilogia della villeggiatura, also directed and starring Toni Servillo
- Thursday 27 March, at 9.45 pm
A post-performance talk by Toni Servillo
- Saturday 29 March, at 4.00 pm
At the Barbican cinema, a screening of the film It was the son, directed by Daniele Ciprì and staring Toni Servillo, who will meet the audience at 5.45, after the screening.
Inner Voices, a comedy by Eduardo De Filippo, is a corrosive picture of a society in which hate and envy are among the guests at a dinner that takes place every evening in the midst of hypocrisy and moral corruption. Written in 1948, but with a remarkably prophetic feel, the play dramatically evokes the present.
Toni Servillo (Alberto Saporito) is accompanied on stage by Peppe Servillo (Carlo Saporito), brothers in real life playing brothers on the stage.
And with them, a large company of wonderful actors of different ages.
Toni Servillo, a celebrated actor in the UK for his numerous cinematographic successes, including The Consequences of Love (2004) Il Divo (2008) and The Great Beauty (2013), which was awarded Best Foreign Film both at the BAFTA and at the Oscar in 2014, will take to the London stage for the first time. It will be a return visit for the Piccolo Teatro, following its 1992 triumph, The Chioggia scuffles, directed by Giorgio Strehler and staged at the Royal National Theatre.