Q&AWhen did you first go to the theatre? To see Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale in Florence on 10 October 1939 for my tenth birthday, with Gino Bechi, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Lina Aimaro and the young Giulietta Simionato as Madelena.Why did you want to work in the theatre? In Florence we give out presents for the Epiphany. When I was six there was a wonderful … [Read more...] about Beppe Menegatti answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Directors’ Edition
Mariangela Melato was one of the finest actresses I have ever seen.Unfortunately, language restraints meant that her immense talent was largely unknown outside of Italy, but Melato was a rare creature indeed capable of moving with ease between Racine's Phèdre and musical comedy, from Shakespeare to cabaret, the villainess General Kala in Mike Hodges' film Flash Gordon to … [Read more...] about Mariangela Melato: Milan, 19 September 1941 – Rome, 11 January 2013
The Amici della Scala (Friends of La Scala) was formed in 1978 to promote music, art and culture in Milan and the Lombardy region, though the La Scala opera house is the focus of their activities.Activities of the Amici della Scala include scholarships for young talents; gifts of musical instruments to young soloists; lectures, conferences, television documentaries and … [Read more...] about Adolphe Appia at La Scala: a new publication by the Amici della Scala
At Milan's prestigious Teatro Strehler yesterday afternoon, esteemed actor Gabriele Lavia was negotiating the tricky array of emotions set out by Pirandello in his play Tutto per bene. Then the cell phones started ringing. Once, twice, three times...The matinée performance largely consisted of elderly ladies, not as quick as their grandchildren at switching off cell phones, … [Read more...] about Leading actor leaps from the stage to confiscate a persistent cell phone
One of the most respected Milanese theatres was born from an artistic collaboration between three pillars of Italian theatre: the director Franco Parenti, writer Giovanni Testori and up-and-coming young director Andrée Ruth Shammah. Together they formed the Salone Pier Lombardo which, since Parenti's death in 1989, has been run by Shammah, and renamed Teatro Franco Parenti. … [Read more...] about Milan’s Teatro Franco Parenti celebrates its birthday with an orgy of Hamlets
Ferruccio Soleri (class of 1929) has played Arlecchino in Giorgio Strehler's legendary production of Goldoni's masterpiece Servant of Two Masters (Arlecchino servitore di due padroni) for Milan's Piccolo Teatro since 1959. And he still is. He will be playing the role for the 53rd season this year, and on tour in Argentina.Here he is pictured with long-time friend and … [Read more...] about Two Italian living legends together: Ferruccio Soleri, the greatest Arlecchino, and Carla Fracci, the greatest Giselle
What to think of Filippo Timi?After the extraordinary success of his Amleto² (Hamlet squared) comes Giuliett' e Romeo (a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet). There are just five characters: the Nurse, Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Cupid. Yes Cupid - it's a very loose adaptation.As Cupid, Timi comes on as though Jason Bieber had been styled by Pierre et Gilles, with … [Read more...] about Filippo Timi can be excellent, so he shouldn’t be anything less: Romeo and Juliet in Milan
Of course you can! Doris Eaton Travis was the last surviving girl from the Ziegfeld Follies.She joined the company in 1918 at the age of 14, and in this picture with her younger self is the remarkable Doris at 105.She died a year after this photo was taken, in 2010.In 1998 she returned Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre where she had first appeared in 1918, 80 years … [Read more...] about More Ziegfeld folly! Can you still be a Follies girl at 105?
Filippo Timi is a strange theatre beast indeed. An actor of power and fascination who attacks his projects fearlessly, careering from comedy to tragedy, from extreme campness to rugged masculinity, from classic to modern in his unique and utterly engrossing theatre creations.His plays appear to be casual experiments: he throws in a bit of everything just to see what might … [Read more...] about Amleto² engulfed by the outsize personality of Filippo Timi
A record number of shows will be staged at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, brushing off fears that the clash with the London Olympics would harm the Festival. A 6% increase on last year’s programme will see 2,695 shows take to theatres, pubs, nooks, crannies and gardens all over Scotland’s capital in August with 47 countries represented . Kath Mainland, Chief Executive … [Read more...] about 2,695 shows make this year’s Edinburgh Fringe the biggest ever. And the programme: 376 pages and weighs 605 grams!