Famous Playwrights from Italy

List of notable or famous playwrights from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Italy and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Italy is included when available.

List people include Dario Fo, Luigi PIrandello and many more.

This historic playwrights from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Italy?" These prominent playwrights of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian playwrights.

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  • Alojz Rebula (June 21, 1924 – October 23, 2018) was a Slovene writer, playwright, essayist, and translator, and a prominent member of the Slovene minority in Italy. He lived and worked in Villa Opicina in the Province of Trieste, Italy. He was a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
    • Age: 98
    • Birthplace: Duino-Aurisina, Italy
  • Antonio Porta
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    Antonio Porta (the pen-name of Leo Paolazzi) was an author and poet and one of the founders of the Italian literary movement Gruppo 63.
    • Age: Dec. at 53 (1935-1989)
    • Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
  • Antonio Somma (28 August 1809, Udine – 8 August 1864, Venice) was an Italian playwright who is most well known for writing the libretto of an opera which ultimately became Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera in 1859. While a student, his tragedy, Parisina, gave him quite a success. Initially, his contact with Verdi came about when the composer was seeking to continue work on his proposed Re Lear, an adaptation of the Shakespeare play, King Lear, for the opera stage which had begun under his long-time collaborator Salvadore Cammarano who had died. Under Verdi's supervision, Somma wrote the libretto for Re Lear, a project that Verdi never realised musically although extensive work was ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 154 (1809-1964)
    • Birthplace: Udine, Italy
  • Carlo Bertolazzi
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    Carlo Bertolazzi

    Carlo Bertolazzi was a playwright and a screenwriter.
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1870-1916)
    • Birthplace: Rivolta d'Adda, Italy
  • Carlo Goldoni
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    Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni (, also US: , Italian: [ˈkarlo oˈzvaldo ɡolˈdoːni]; 25 February 1707 – 6 February 1793) was an Italian playwright and librettist from the Republic of Venice. His works include some of Italy's most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingenious mix of wit and honesty. His plays offered his contemporaries images of themselves, often dramatizing the lives, values, and conflicts of the emerging middle classes. Though he wrote in French and Italian, his plays make rich use of the Venetian language, regional vernacular, and colloquialisms. Goldoni also wrote under the pen name and title Polisseno Fegeio, Pastor Arcade, which he ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1707-1793)
    • Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy
  • Charles Messina (born October 21, 1971 in Greenwich Village, New York) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and co-founder of NahNotOutsideMyHouse! Productions. He is of Italian-American descent. He attended Xavier High School and then later, New York University.
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York