Villa Reale

The Court Theatre

Located in the left wing of Villa Reale, this consists of a series of small rooms occupying the entire lower part of the wing, from the chapel to the corner linking the building to the Orangery.
It is a genuine court theatre, of small dimensions (only 120 seats), with a wooden stage, slightly slanted towards the spectators, and a scenic backdrop with a mythological subject created by Appiani. The ceiling of the stalls is entirely frescoed with floral motives, musical instruments and brightly-coloured masks, while the ceiling of the stage is a vault in painted cotto. Two large frescoed pillars mark out the proscenium and terminate with an arch, inside which are inserted five square rosettes and four rectangular ones, painted with contrasting colours.