The bald soprano 2

by Eugène Ionesco

A hilarious evening with the first heroine of absence, the famous Bald Soprano.

A classic of theater, a classic of the Arsenale, a classic of the modern era

The most celebrated work of Eugène Ionesco, one of the great masters of 20th-century French theater, returns to the Arsenale in the version translated and directed by Marina Spreafico.

The play was staged for the first time in Paris in May 1950: after just twenty-five performances it was forced to close due to its chronic failure to attract an audience. In 1957 it was courageously revived in Paris by the Théâtre de la Huchette, one of the smallest playhouses in the city. Since then it has been staged continuously all over the world, and is today one of the best-known comedies of the 20th century.

“Ionesco’s theater,” explains the director “has been defined as ‘theater of the absurd,’ a label that has proved extraordinarily popular. Personally I’ve never found anything absurd in Ionesco, if absurd signifies ‘contrary to logical thought, “inconsequent” to the point of being incomprehensible, unfeasible, incredible...’ On the contrary, Ionesco’s theater is perfectly logical and consequent. The apparent senselessness of his plays and situations is just the mask behind which is hidden a lucid and brilliant analysis of human life.”

The drawing of the Soprano is by Marco Zanini