The Teatro Valle, inaugurated in 1727, is the oldest theater still active in Rome; Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author” was first performed here. In 2010, the budget law of Giulio Tremonti, Minister of Economy and Finance, suppressed the ETI (Italian Theatre Association), a public organization responsible for managing the majority of Italian theaters, including the Teatro Valle.
On Tuesday 14 June 2011, it was decided that the activities of the ETI would be transferred to the Teatro di Roma for a year, until a call for tenders could be launched and a decision about the future of this historical place could be made. Because of this, more than 100 people — including actors, directors and backstage technicians, most of whom are temporary workers — occupied the theatre the same day, in order to save it from an uncertain future and from the risk of privatization. The Teatro Valle has thus become a symbol of the dramatic situation of the arts in Italy.