Ennio Marchetto, the world-famous comedic quick-change impersonator, is soon to give a one-off exceptional performance at Teatru Manoel.

Marking the occasion of the Feast of St John the Baptist, the event  is being presented by His Excellency Prince Augusto Ruffo di Calabria, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the Republic of Malta,  under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency the President of Malta and Mrs Vella. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.

“I have the utmost respect and regard for all philanthropic organisations and institutions in Malta and after witnessing the immeasurably valid work that the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation carries out with untiring dedication, it was a natural choice to donate the proceeds to the Foundation,” explains His Excellency, the Ambassador. “Engaging a world-famous, exceptional artist to bring over a show that would appeal to all ages is also an opportunity to offer much-needed entertainment and light-heartedness after the heaviness of the pandemic. I was captivated by Mr Marchetto at one of his performances and thought he was the perfect artist to bring ‘l’utile al dilettevole’ as they say in Italian – something hugely entertaining, vivacious, vibrant and beautifully executed, for a tremendously worthy cause of raising funds to assist fellow human beings.”

Known as the ‘Living Paper Cartoon’, Ennio Marchetto is the multi-award-winning original quick-change artist. His wildly entertaining show, directed and designed by fashion and costume designer Sosthen Hennekam and produced by Terry Chegia, has revolutionised the art of origami into hilarious theatrical magic. With ingenious paper costumes, razor-sharp mimicry and split-second timing – all supported by a sizzling soundtrack – Marchetto morphs into parodies of popular icons from music, movies, works of art and world leaders, from Marilyn Monroe to the Mona Lisa, Eminem to the Queen of England. No celebrity is safe!

Ennio Marchetto became a cult hit following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1990 and sell-out tours across the UK including at London’s West End. His nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 1994 led to Granada Television making a one-hour documentary about his life and career, named Celebrations, Paper Marilyn. Marchetto has also performed in over 70 countries worldwide, most notably appearing in the first European MTV Music Awards in Berlin, alongside The Spice Girls, Bryan Adams and other artists for HRH The Prince of Wales at the Royal Variety Performance, and at Elton John’s exclusive White Tie and Tiara Ball.

Ennio Marchetto: The Living Paper Cartoon will perform at Teatru Manoel on 18 June at 7pm. According to current public health guidelines, no masks or vaccine certificates are required at this event. Tickets are available via email to bookings@teatrumanoel.mt, by telephone to (+356) 21246389 or online at www.teatrumanoel.mt.