The third and final part of the trilogy, Ave Maria għall-Ispettur Bonnici, will be presented at the Manoel Theatre by Staġun Teatru Malti. This final segment can be seen and understood on its own merit without the need to have seen the other two parts to fully enjoy this climactic, powerful piece of controversial theatre. It is a tour de force for Mario Micallef, the lead actor playing the Inspector. 

Mario Philip Azzopardi wrote the trilogy for him, and according to the director/playwright, “he has delivered to the fullest”. This is Micallef at the height of his theatrical career in a performance of a lifetime. 

He strides the stage with authority, taking command of every scene, leading a strong cast through the some very difficult and riveting unforgettable moments. This is what theatre is meant to be, personal, entertaining, emotional and challenging. 

All this and more is assured for the audiences attending the performances. It may not be intended for the squeamish, but it will deliver on what it promises: the best of what Maltese theatre can offer.

Among the rest of the 14-member cast are Monica Attard, Renato Dimech, Charles Sammut, Jurgen Ciantar, Edward Mercieca and Salvu Mallia, who spectacularly returns to the stage after a very long absence from the boards. Mallia plays the part of a jailed corrupt judge. The clash between Micallef’s Spettur Bonnici and Mallia’s Mħallef Depiro will write another great chapter in the history of original Maltese theatre. It is a titanic conflict between the proverbial good and evil, with harsh consequences for all involved.

Ave Maria għall-Ispettur Bonnici is taking place at the Manoel Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 at 8pm and on May 26 at 3.30pm. Klabb Kotba Maltin is publishing the trilogy as Spettur Bonnici, it-Triloġija. The book will go on sale on the night of the first performance and can be bought from all bookshops and at the Manoel Theatre.

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