Narcy Calamatta‘s multi-awarded production of Arlecchino u l-Barbier ta’ Seviglia will be performed at the Ħal Għaxaq Spontaneous Carnival as part of this year’s Carnival activities.

The ZARARTI Malta Cultural Association will be presenting the farce with 18th century costumes and Venetian masks on the 26th February –  as part of the UNESCO World Day for Commedia dell’Arte.

This is the fourth time that ZARARTI will be reviving the Maltese traditional style of theatre. Purcinella, Zanni (Gaħan) and ‘ġ’ejja il-kummiedja‘ has always been part of the Maltese vernacular.

This performance will be out in the open in the main square of Ħal Għaxaq. The name of this village means ‘joy’, and it will indeed be a great pleasure to see local talent mix with professional actors. Veteran Anthony Ellul will be the old miser Pantalone, while Patrick Tanti, Veronica Mizzi, Kirsty Azzopardi, Luke Galea and versatile animator Sean Briffa will make up the rest of the cast.


The comedy includes slapstick scenes when Figaro the barber will go down in the audience and showers the audience with shaving soap. There will be a lot of humorous remarks about famous people in Malta. The comedy is a people’s event, and has had great success in the two venues and five performances it had last year. Carnival is when the king is destroyed and a new king of comedy comes back in. This year, Arlecchino will be replaced by the Barber of Seville.

For more information, visit the ZARARTI Malta Facebook page.