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Piccolo Teatro (Milan)

Piccolo Teatro Grassi
Piccolo Teatro Strehler

The Piccolo Teatro della Città di Milano (translation: "Little Theatre of the City of Milan") is a theatre in Milan, Italy. Founded in 1947, it is Italy's first permanent theatre,[1] and a national "teatro stabile", or permanent repertory company, and is considered a theatre of major national and European importance.[2][3] The theatre has three venues: Teatro Grassi, in Via Rovello, between Sforza Castle and the Piazza del Duomo; Teatro Studio, which was originally intended to be the theater's rehearsal hall; and Teatro Strehler, which opened in 1998 with a seating capacity of 974.[4] Its annual programme consists of approximately thirty performances. In addition, the venue hosts cultural events, from festivals and films, to concerts, conferences, and conventions,[5] as well as supporting the Paolo Grassi Drama School.[6]


  • History 1
  • Seasons 2
  • Literature 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Piccolo Teatro was founded by theatre impresario Peter Weiss.[2]

In the 1960s, the Piccolo Teatro was relocated to Teatro Lirico (Milan). In 1967, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the theatre put on a production of Goldoni's Il servitore di due padroni.[2]

The theatre's archives are currently maintained by the Archivio Multimediale del Piccolo Teatro di Milano (AMPT).[9] On the occasion of the theatre's 60th anniversary in 2007, the President of Italy Luca Ronconi.


In its first decade, performances included:[10]

  • 1947: The Lower Depths (Gorky), The Nights of Rage (Salacrou), The prodigious Magician (Calderon), Arlecchino, the Servant of Two Masters (Goldoni), The Mountain Giants (Pirandello), The Storm (Ostrovsky)
  • 1948: Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky), Richard II (Shakespeare), The Seagull (Chekov), The Skin of Our Teeth (Wilder)
  • 1949: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare), People in Their Time (Bontempelli), Little Eyolf (Ibsen)
  • 1950: The Women of Paris (Becque), Richard II (Shakespeare), The Just (Camus), Alcestis (Savinio), Summer and Smoke (Williams)
  • 1951: A Doll's House (Ibsen), Fool's Gold (Giovaninetti), Never Swear by Anything (De Musset), Disaster at the North Depot (Betti), The Army Lover (Molière), The Flying Doctor (Goldoni), Hoppla, Such is Life (Toller)
  • 1952: Macbeth (Shakespeare), Emma (Zardi), Walking on Water (Vergani), Elizabeth of England (Bruckner), The Government Inspector (Gogol)
  • 1953: The Mechanism (Sartre), The Worst Sacrilege (Pirandello), Lulu (Bertolazzi), A Clinical Case (Buzzati), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), Six Days (D'Errico)
  • 1954: The Crow (Gozzi), Triple Bill (Pirandello), The Mad Woman of Chaillot (Giraudoux), The Masquerade (Moravia), The Ideal Wife (Praga), The Villeggiatura Trilogy (Goldoni)
  • 1955: The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov),The House of Bernarda Alba (Lorca),The Measures Taken (Brecht),Three Quarters of the Moon (Squarzina), Our Milan (Bertolazzi)
  • 1956: The Threepenny Opera (Brecht), From Yours to Mine (Verga), The Jacobins (Zardi), Coriolanus (Shakespeare)


Giorgio Guazzotti, Teoria e realtà del Piccolo Teatro di Milano ("Myth and Reality of the Piccolo Teatro of Milan"), Einaudi, Turin, 1965. (A revised and expanded edition was published in 1986).


  1. ^ Birmingham, Brenda; Bramblett, Reid (2011). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Milan & The Lakes. Penguin. pp. 30, 39, 200–.  
  2. ^ a b c d Hochman, Stanley (January 1984). McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of world drama: an international reference work in 5 vol. VNR AG. p. 94.  
  3. ^ Maanen, Hans van; Wilmer, S. E. (1998). Theatre worlds in motion: structures, politics and developments in the countries of Western Europe. Rodopi. p. 402.  
  4. ^ Walton, Sylvia Tombesi (27 September 2005). Time Out Milan: The Lakes and Lombardy. Time Out Guides. pp. 66–.  
  5. ^ Who's Who in Italy S. R. L. (2007). Who's Who in Italy 2007 Edition. Who's Who in Italy. p. 2554.  
  6. ^ a b Marrone, Gaetana (26 December 2006). Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies. CRC Press. pp. 1206, 1797–.  
  7. ^ Horowitz, Arthur (2004). Prospero's "true preservers": Peter Brook, Yukio Ninagawa, and Giorgio Strehler--twentieth-century directors approach Shakespeare's The tempest. University of Delaware Press. p. 24.  
  8. ^ Bing, Alison (1 January 2007). Best of Milan. Lonely Planet. pp. 81–.  
  9. ^ Schulte, Hans; Noyes, John; Kleber, Pia (5 May 2011). Goethe's Faust: Theatre of Modernity. Cambridge University Press. pp. 322–.  
  10. ^ Hirst, David L. (18 February 1993). Giorgio Strehler. Cambridge University Press. pp. 127–.  

External links

  • Piccolo Teatro, Official site

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