The King of Laughter


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Nov 25 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sun, Nov 26 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Nov 27 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Nov 28 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Nov 29 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Nov 30 3:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:133 minutes
Production Country:Italy, Spain
Original Language:Italian, Neapolitan
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mario Martone
Cast:Toni Servillo
Maria Nazionale
Cristiana Dell'Anna


Naples, 1904: Italian theatre is thriving, and comic actor, Eduardo Scarpetta (Toni Servillo) is the box office king.

Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta’s home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family.

At the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy.

Despite legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great thespians of Italian theater.