Piccolo Teatro of Milan was inaugurated in 1947 with a premiere by Maxim Gor'kij. The curious audience filled up the historic location, Teatro Grassi - the first Italian stable theatre. Giorgio Strehler, Paolo Grassi and Nina Venchi, the three founders, wanted to create a national theatre with the aim of producing new shows and plays but also to be the home of many famous and actors and comedians travelling abroad. With these objectives the Piccolo Theatre became a cultural pole on a European level, gaining the title of “Teatro d’Europa” (“Theatre of Europe”).
The architectural project was realized by Muzio, who created a building with an
industrial structure and feeling - meaning that a theatre can produce tangible culture, not just to be enjoyed from a theatre chair.
Today the season of Piccolo Teatro is split among three different locations: Teatro Grassi,
located in a fascinating neoclassical yard, Teatro Studio Melato, with a wooden semi-circular
arena, and finally Theatro Strehler, the primary location which was inaugurated in 1998 and is
one of the biggest theatres in Italy up to this day with its 987 seats.
Sergio Escobar is the current executive director of the Piccolo Teatro. There have been countless productions during the years, but if the season : includes shows like:
“Arlecchino servitore” (The Servant Of Two Masters), “L’opera da tre soldi” (The Threepenny Opera), “Re Lear (King Lear) ” and Il Giardino dei Ciliegi” (The Cherry Orchard), it is
impossible not to go and watch these plays which have written the history of theatre.