Arlecchino servitore di due padroni

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The most-seen Italian show in the world has travelled from Russia to the United States, from Finland to New Zealand, from Brazil to Japan. The Harlequin that Strehler staged for the first time in 1947 returns to the theatre with a new lead actor: Enrico Bonavera.

“This timeless Harlequin is characterised by the passage and renewal of life. It is blood that pulses and flows through the veins of a theatre both real and imaginary, just like in the human body”. This is how Giorgio Strehler described the play that he created in the summer of 1947 and renewed for 10 editions, up to the 50th anniversary of the Piccolo. Entrusted, after Strehler’s death, to Ferruccio Soleri who, together with Stefano de Luca, created the version that now travels the globe, the play returns every season to Via Rovello. What is the secret of Harlequin? It is, without a doubt, the fact that it represents the continuity that characterises the history of the Milanese theatre. “Harlequin is an extraordinary event in the history of international theatre. - said Strehler -. This play has accompanied us for a lifetime, renewing time after time. Hundreds of actors have performed it. There are spectators that have seen it created, and then reborn, year after year; it has been recognised nationwide and worldwide”. And while, for decades, the mask hid the face of Ferruccio Soleri, the role is now performed by Enrico Bonavera, who describes his experience thus: “Everywhere I have been, I have experienced, together with the rest of the company, the joy of coming out on stage after the final dance, to take the applause hand in hand, to be part of a wonderful community, united by the same, magnificent dream”.

Duration: 180 minutes with two intervals

The Playbill

Arlecchino servitore di due padroni

by Carlo Goldoni
directed by Giorgio Strehler
staged by Ferruccio Soleri, with the collaboration of Stefano de Luca
sets Ezio Frigerio
costumes Franca Squarciapino
lighting Claudio De Pace
music Fiorenzo Carpi
mime movements Marise Flach
scenography collaborator Leila Fteita
masks Amleto and Donato Sartori
with Enrico Bonavera and with (in alphabetical order) Giorgio Bongiovanni, Francesco Cordella, Luca Criscuoli, Alessandra Gigli, Pia Lanciotti, Sergio Leone, Lucia Marinsalta, Fabrizio Martorelli, Tommaso Minniti, Stefano Onofri, Walter Rizzuto, Annamaria Rossano
and the musicians Gianni Bobbio, Leonardo Cipriani, Matteo Fagiani, Francesco Mazzoleni, Celio Regoli
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa production

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