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Famous Playwrights from Italy

Updated June 14, 2019 12.9k views31 items

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.

Use this list of renowned Italian playwrights to discover some new playwrights that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
  • 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. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 96
    • Birthplace: Duino-Aurisina, Italy
  • 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.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (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 on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1809-1864)
    • Birthplace: Udine, Italy
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    Carlo Bertolazzi

    Carlo Bertolazzi was a playwright and a screenwriter.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1870-1916)
    • Birthplace: Rivolta d'Adda, Italy