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Teatro Fossati, Milan

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  • Corso Garibaldi is one of the most well-known areas of the movida, with its many shops and clubs in which to consume the typical Milanese happy hour and where it is always a pleasure to stop. Walking through it all, you can not fail to notice the ancient palace in which the statues of Anita and Giuseppe Garibaldi are set. We are in Corso Garibaldi, corner via Strehler and the ancient palace is the Fossati Theatre. The Theatre, wanted by the entrepreneur Carlo Fossati on the project of Fermo Zuccari was inaugurated in 1859 and at the time had three orders of lodges and contained up to 1000 spectators. The theatre became one of the most active in the Milanese scene and offered daytime performances. In 1881 it was the first theatre in Italy to experience electric light. Born as a daytime space in a popular area between Porta Comasina and the Tivoli carnival, it originally had a horseshoe plant, and was closed by two opposite facades one in Corso Garibaldi the other in Via Rivoli. The statues of Garibaldi and Anita, which make it so characteristic to this day, were added in a secon time – in the seventies – when the street takes the name of Garibaldi course. 
 The facade on Corso Garibaldi which is the most characteristic, today can be admired only externally, as it has lost its original connotation, becoming private residence. 
Instead, the entrance from Via Rivoli remained active, which saw a complete renovation of the old Teatro Fossati in 1987 where spaces were built for the drama school along with offices shared with the nearby European School of Theatre.
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  • Historic teatro milanese built in 1858-59 by architect. Latch Zalat, with the distinction of having two faces, one on via Rivoli and the other in corso Garibaldi decorated with terracotta of Andrea Boni reddish in colour. More interesting than the façade in corso Garibaldi with two niches, one containing the statue of Garibaldi who wields a saber strangely curve (for the size of the niche), the other with a female figure that is supposed to represent the Italy or liberty, but Milan have always identified as Anita, Garibaldi's wife. Italian theatre in 1881 was the first to experiment with electric light. The theater after years of neglect it was recovered in 1979 in Strehler's project for the realization of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano and after a renovation that lasted four years, is used as a representation and as theatrical school. Connected with cub by an underground subway the theatre changed its name in 2013 in the theater Studio Mack in honour of milanese disappearance actress Mariangela Melato.
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