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Giglio Theater in Lucca
Il Giglio, a traditional theater since 1985, was born more than three centuries ago, when the Council of the Republic of Lucca established a public theater by decree, which hosted the best companies on the Italian scene and the most famous names.

Season

The activity of the Teatro del Giglio is divided into Seasons. Among these, the Opera Season stands out for its importance and commitment, which usually inaugurates the theater season; the Prose Season, the Dance Season and the concert season called Lucca Classica (in collaboration with the Lucchese Musical Association) unfold throughout the winter months until late spring

The Teatro del Giglio, which has always been an artistic and cultural point of reference for the city of Lucca, has been recognized as a traditional theater since 1985.
Its birth dates back to more than three centuries ago, when the Council of the Republic of Lucca established a public theater by decree which had an intense artistic activity over the centuries.
Throughout the nineteenth century the Teatro del Giglio hosted the best companies on the Italian scene: concerts, dances, variety shows and, above all, melodrama followed one another on the stage and the most famous names of the time (the tenor Tacchinardi, Duprez, the soprano Maria Malibran …) came to perform on the small stage. Giacomo Puccini himself came to Lucca to supervise the staging of some of his operas.
The Theater underwent a major renovation of the internal rooms in 2020, thanks to the help and support of the Municipality of Lucca and private investors.

Giglio Theater in Lucca
The birth of the Teatro del Giglio dates back to more than three centuries ago, around 1600. At that time the most important theatrical activities took place in the "Teatri di Corte", subsidized by the prince or the duke. Important shows were given in the halls of the great palaces. With a decree dated 19 August 1672, the Council of the Republic of Lucca charged a Commission of citizens with studying the possibility of building a theater by adapting the old convent of the Gesuati near the church of San Gerolamo (Pope Clement IX had at that time suppressed the order). Architects and theater lovers took care to build a rather large stage and particular devices were devised in the construction of the hall, to allow good visibility to the public. On 14 January 1675 the solemn inauguration of the "Public Theater" took place, designed by Francesco Buonamici and built by the architect Maria Giovanni Padreddio. From one of his documents we learn that the brand new Theater measured “sixty arms in length, twenty-seven from the south and twenty-four from the north in width, and sixteen in height; it had perspective in masonry, the stage as wide as the hall and ten arm lengths; two entrances and three tiers of boxes or small rooms, raised on stone columns, all simply furnished in the same way, except for the middle one which was decorated with decorum to welcome the most excellent government gentlemen".

Memorable facts

On 16 February 1688, due to the carelessness of the beadle (the attendant who took care of the cleaning, opened and closed) everything caught fire, so much so that of the Theater nothing was left standing except the perimeter walls.

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