Burcardo’s Theatre Museum and Library

The Burcardo’s Library and Theatre Museum host the theatre collection belonging to the Society of Authors and Publishers; it has been open to the public since 1932. The heritage of the Burcardo’s Library and Theatre Museum has developed from the original private collection belonging to Luigi Rasi, actor and director of the acting school in Florence and author of the famous dictionary devoted to Italian comedians entitled “I comici Italiani”, which has been the point of reference for the later biography devoted to the protagonists of the great period of the Commedia dell’Arte. To date, the book collections of the Library range between sixteenth century editions and contemporary publications, in the field of the history of the theatre and more in general of entertainment

Other important sections of the Theatre Library are the archive of engravings and drawings, and a very rich iconographic documentation about commedia dell’arte; there is also a photo archive documenting the Italian theatre life, from the birth of photography up to date. The Library also contains an important collection of scripts, manuscripts and autograph correspondence, as well as many detailed documents concerning shows, consisting of posters, schedules and reviews from newspapers and magazines.

SIAE’s historical cultural archive is particularly interesting; it is a collection of documents connected with the most famous personalities of the Italian cultural world dating back to the end of the Ninenteenth century and the Twentieth century.

The theatre collection also contains paintings, scupltures, costumes, masks, little statues, puppets, marionnettes and other scene objects, housed in the Burcardo’s Theatre Museum, situated within the little building in Rome bearing the same name and dating back to the late Fifteenth century at via del Sudario, 44, near Largo di Torre Argentina.

In the exhibition rooms of the Museum some of the most significant documents coming from the many collections, are housed. They can be consulted in the Library, at viale della Letteratura 24 in Rome.

The Library is open from 9.15 a.m. to 4.30p.m. from Monday to Wednesday, from 9.15 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Ph.: 06 59903905/3809; e-mail: biblioteca.burcardo@siae.it (information) segreteria.burcardo@siae.it (reproductions). The Museum (Via del Sudario, 44) is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9.15 a.m.to 4.30 p.m. It is possible to book guided tours also outside of opening hourse. For information and bookings: ph.: 06 59903805 - 06 6819471; e-mail: visite.burcardo@siae.it.