Duration: three hours with two intervals
Amidst trumpet blasts and the beat of the bass drum, the curtain rises and there are the actors, all together, arms raised in a salute to the audience: Harlequin, with his multicoloured patchwork suit and his cat mask, is among them. Created in July of 1947 by Giorgio Strehler, re-interpreting the Goldoni tradition, Harlequin has seen eleven editions and three great actors: Marcello Moretti, Ferruccio Soleri - who through this role has entered the Guinness book of records - and Enrico Bonaversa, who has played the role of Brighella since 2000, as well as alternating with Soleri in the lead role.
A manifestation of a way of making theatre, a training ground for actors - the students of the Piccolo’s School have always joined the Harlequin family, in a kind of passing of the baton with their predecessors - the show is an act of absolute love for the theatre.
“For Goldoni - said Strehler - the World and the Theatre created a unity of intent and of works which render his plays so extraordinary, as they transform reality into poetry of an incomparable character, into a lyrical touch of love. That which once seemed to be play, music and fun, has now become a measure of style, testimony of time and custom, the research into, and discovery of, a humanity which experiences its dramas with humour and tenderness, in an alternation of light and shadow and of words and silence which comes as a surprise for those who imagine Goldini to be enclosed in his cliché of the comical and ridiculous at all costs”.
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 Gerardo Modica, music Fiorenzo Carpi
mime movements Marise Flach, set collaborator Leila Fteita
masks Amleto and Donato Sartori
with Enrico Bonavera
and with (in alphabetical order) Giorgio Bongiovanni, Francesco Cordella, Ugo Fiore, Davide Gasparro, Alessandra Gigli, Stefano Guizzi, Sergio Leone, Lucia Marinsalta, Fabrizio Martorelli, Tommaso Minniti, Stefano Onofri, Annamaria Rossano, Giorgia Senesi
and the musicians Gianni Bobbio, Leonardo Cipriani, Matteo Fagiani, Francesco Mazzoleni, Celio Regoli
a Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa production