This beautiful very early indoor theatre was designed by Palladio but not completed till after his death. He has created a classic Roman auditorium but with a roof, so there is no proscenium arch. The ceiling is painted as the sky and the auditorium is furnished with continuous wooden rather than stone seating. The stone effect back wall is covered in tiers of statues of wealthy Vicenzan patrons. It has small arches through which there is tromp l'oeil set of buildings and streets. There are occasional performances but no-one else is allowed on stage as it is all very fragile. You can still see the holes where the lamp holders would have fitted to light the stage. Outside in the shop there is a small display of them. A small magical masterpiece. The entry fee of 10e also allows you access to a number of other buildings and museums.
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