About Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

Discover the story behind Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel frescoes at Giudizio Universale, a new show that combines theatrical performance, music and dazzling special effects to present the genesis of some of the world's most famous artworks: The Last Judgement and The Sistine Chapel Ceiling. Over the course of an hour, you'll follow Michaelangelo on a creative odyssey, from sourcing marble at Carrara for his sculpture of David, to completing his visionary ceiling frescoes. 270° cinematic projections and passionate dramatic performances combine with an original music score to create a spectacular immersive experience that takes you right to the spiritual and emotional heart of Michelangelo's masterpieces.

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Michelangelo's Masterpieces

Giudizio Universale showcases Michelangelo's frescoes, including The Last Judgement and The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, to magnificent effect. As the projections shift and zoom, you'll be able to enjoy the rich colours and detail of the artwork from the comfort of your seat, with specific parts of the work elaborated on and explained as the show progresses. Via headsets, you'll also be able to learn about the backstory behind these famous frescoes. Find out why they were commissioned by Pope Julius II, and follow Michelangelo on his artistic journey to complete the Sistine Chapel Ceiling.

Special Effects

The magic of Michelangelo's frescoes is emphasised by 270° cinematic projections on the walls and ceiling of the theatre. These projections move with the story, transporting you to places like St. Peter's Square and the Sistine Chapel, and offering you a close look at the detail of the work as it unfolds.

Award-Winning Talent

Director Marco Balich, who is well known as the director of the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio, and the 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi, has assembled a dynamic cast of dancers and actors, whose live performances tie in with the cinematic projections to create an immersive theatrical experience. Actors Pierfrancesco Favino and Susan Sarandon lend their talents to the voices of Michelangelo and God respectively, and musicians Sting and John Metcalfe have produced an accompanying score that skilfully accentuates the emotional and spiritual poignancy of Michelangelo's work.

Headsets

Audioguides provide simultaneous translation, available in 8 different languages, including English, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Japanese and Mandarin.

Need-to-Know

Guests must arrive 30 minutes in advance of their preferred show time. Show times are subject to change and blackout dates may apply. Please print your ticket voucher and present it at the Giudizio Universale Box Office 30 minutes before your chosen show time.