Giorgio Strehler directs the Trilogia della villegiatura at the Odeon
Goldoni's Trilogia della villegiatura is staged by Giorgio Strehler at the Odeon National Theatre, based on Félicien Marceau's adaptation and featuring French actors. The director, working with French speaking actors for the first time, talks about the actors' interpretations, language, rhythm and colour.
Giorgio Strehler was born in 1921 near Trieste. Graduated in 1940 from the Academia dei Filodrammatici, he played in travelling companies before signing his first directorship in 1943. In 1945, exiled in Switzerland, he affirmed his vocation as a film director withCaligulaby Calus.
In 1947 he co-founded the famous Piccolo Teatro di Milano, the first publicly owned Italian theatre, "a theatre of art for all", with high level shows at accessible prices, in the fashion of popular national theatre by Vilar. From its first season, Strehler guaranteed the Piccolo Teatro's success withServant of two mastersby Goldoni, which became his flagship show, performed for fifty years. Apart from Goldoni, his authors of choice were Shakespeare and Brecht, whom he considered himself to be a direct student of.
Reformer and figurehead of the Italian stage with an epic and political theatre, he became a model in Europe, notably for directors of the next generation like the French Chéreau and Mnouchkine, the Germans Grüber and Stein. In 1983, while continuing to direct the Piccolo Teatro, he took over the lead of the Théâtre de l'Europe at Odéon. Giorgio Strehler directed over 250 theatrical and musical shows. He died in 1997.