One of the most important cultural aspects of Italy, for which this country is famous worldwide, is theatre. It’s here where the most important innovations in this cultural field happened over the centuries, from the Roman Empire to nowadays, and for that reason, Milan has plenty of theatres. Maybe the most relevant and most known worldwide is La Scala. However, Milano, in the history of theatre, is also well known for its experimental and more avant-garde forms of theatre, and the “spot” where all of this took place is, of course, the theatre Piccolo.
Established after the Second World War by Giorgio Strehler and Paolo Grassi, this theatre had the aim of giving everybody the possibility of watching theatrical spectacles, even those who didn’t have enough money to go to the Scala (which is even nowadays really expensive). This spirit of the theatre deepened in the ’60s when the new consciousness was obliged to look at the cultural object as something accessible to everyone. For that reason, the Theater Piccolo in those years became the center of the young rebellion, animated above all by the students of Milano who wanted a place where they could express themselves against the old society of the “fathers”, and that was the origin of the contestation. The type of spectacle that Piccolo proposes is really peculiar because it’s a form of modern and avant-garde art, so you might find some of the plays here really strange. Check it out!