Teatro dell'Opera dei Pupi
Teatro dell'Opera dei Pupi
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Janice D
Brooklyn, NY67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Puppetry has been a revered art form in all of Sicily (and not just for kids though they would certainly enjoy it), starting in Siracusa and making its way around the island. The Opera dei Pupi in Palermo is a family business in its fifth generation. The puppets are crafted by hand by the gentleman pictured below, as they were by his father and grandfather before him. His children are the current puppeteers and their children are learning the craft. Forty-five minutes very well spent!!
Written June 2, 2023
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Often_on_road
New Jersey416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The craftsmanship of the marionettes is amazing and it was fantastic to see the operators come out onto stage with their marionettes after the show. It made you realize how quickly we are adapted to the size of marionettes. The play was entirely in Italian and some felt particularly violent given the number of children in the audience. However, I understand that this was a traditional play and as such appreciated the performance.
Written November 9, 2019
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LeChicVoyager
Sicily, Italy56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
What a great show!
Cuticchio family takes you into a colourful journey through the Sicilian puppet theatre tradition.
The show is a must for those who are looking for a full immersion experience of “folklore Siciliano” and want to enjoy a unique type of entertainment.
Highly recommended for both adults or kids, as this is great fun for everyone.
I strongly recommend to book in advance as the queue becomes quite busy and space available is extremely limited.
Definitely worth it!
Written December 30, 2018
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Christine D
Melbourne, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
This puppet show is a must. Spoken in Italian but language no barrier to understanding. Fabulous marionettes with dragons, goodies and baddies galore in wonderful traditional costumes with highly skilled puppeteers. The performance is enhanced by a manually operated music box !! which adds to the spectacle. Arrive at the theatre at 6pm sharp to buy your ticket (10euros) and then go straight into the theatre for the show which commences at 6.30pm
Written May 23, 2017
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M G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
What a wonderful time the puppet show is fantastic and you do not have to understand Italian to enjoy the show it is quite easy to follow along. The children sit upfront and explode with laughter. Very few actual puppet shows left to enjoy and these are master puppeteers. The show is about an hour long which is just right.
Written April 13, 2019
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johnellen@mchsi.com
Jefferson City, MO702 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
This was a puppet show in a tiny theater. Even though it was in Italian which we do not speak, it was delightful and easy to follow the show. The show is only once a week so check the schedule. It is worth seeing.
Written October 6, 2018
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Douglas645
Horsham, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Arrive by 6pm and buy tickets (10 euros) for a 6.30pm start. The calendar of shows is on their Facebook page. There are not a huge number of seats.
It's a fun way to spend an hour seeing something that you've never seen the like of before. The skill of the puppeteers is amazing and the reactions of the children sat at the front are hilarious. Language really is no barrier to enjoying this. Watch out for snakes (cue "he's behind you!" in Italian), beheadings and puppets being chopped in half!
Great fun for all ages.
Written November 18, 2017
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nycresident92
New York City, NY92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
We came upon this theater by chance and were impressed by the craftsmanship and ability of the puppeteers.
Each character had its own personality and the story was well portrayed. The show is good for all ages; not just chldren.
Written June 13, 2017
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marian s
Montreal, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
If you can squeeze this into your itinerary do it! Prices are reasonable, but check the schedule for days and time. What a wonderful experience. First we had the explanation of the history, the making of the puppets, and information on the production. We were lucky enough to get to see a full play.
There were 2 kids in front of us. It was also fun watching how much they enjoyed the show. Please note explanations before the play were in Italian- we had someone translating for us. They also gave us a preamble about the play in English
(like reading an opera story before the opera). This is a historical cultural item that we hope continues on in Sicily. We loved it all.
Written June 6, 2023
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Cayorda
121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A puppet show or Opera dei Pupi is a must in Sicily. There are a lot to choose from and all are good but no one is like the Cuticchio Family. When you watch the puppet show you get so immersed you forget you are watching puppets lol! Even though you may not understand the dialect, the antics transcend words. Highly entertaining! It brings the kid out in all of us. My father as a child used to watch these shows as they came around the neighborhoods when he was a boy in Palermo. I can see why he looked forward to them so much. What I want to know in the last puppet show I saw in September was the soldier who got injured, Angelica? So unfair I can't see the subsequent tale and find out the next chapter!!
Written October 1, 2019
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