The Theatre Tours Italy in February

The dancers from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre performed The Nutcracker and Giselle in four Italian cities, at the best venues of the most famous theatres, all of which have fascinating history and inimitably beautiful architecture.

On February 8, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company took its version of The Nutcracker to the city of Piacenza, where the dancers performed at the Teatro Municipale, in a building that dates back to the early 19th century and is considered to be one of Italy's most exquisite theatrical venues.

On February 11, the Leonid Yacobson theatre showed The Nutcracker to the audience from Reggio nell'Emilia, at the local municipal theatre, which was named after the famous Italian actor Romolo Valli, and regularly houses opera, ballets, and concerts. The inside and outside of the building, which has almost completely retained its original mid-19th-century look, is richly adorned with wall paintings, bas reliefs, statues, busts, and medallions with portraits of ancient Greek playwrights.

On February 13, The Nutcracker travelled to Pavia, where it was shown to the local public at the Teatro Fraschini, named after Gaetano Fraschini, a renowned local tenor. Originally, this spectacular building, constructed in the late 18th century for housing comic operas, ballets, and commedia dell'arte performances, bore the name Teatro dei Quattro Nobili Cavalieri ('Theatre of Four Noble Knights'), in honour of the four aristocrats that had founded it: counts Francesco Gamberana Beccarla and Giuseppe de Giorgi Vistarino, and marquises Pio Bellisomi and Luigi Bellingheri Provera.

The theatre concluded its Italian tour on February 14, by performing Giselle at the Teatro Nuovo theatre in Turin, the birthplace of Italian cinema and chocolate. The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company had already visited the Teatro Nuovo in November 2013 with a classical rendition of Swan Lake, which was received most enthusiastically by the audience and media alike.