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The Teatro Gerolamo is a 19th-century jewel in the heart of Milan that hosts theatre and puppet shows, exhibitions and concerts in a jewel-like space.
Built in 1868, during the years when the sumptuous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was being built, it was initially run by the puppeteer Giuseppe Fiandro also as a dialect theatre. It then became the stage where the wooden creatures of important puppet companies performed, including the famous Carlo Colla & Figli, who were entrusted with its management from 1911. For decades, it was an attraction and a privileged appointment for a cultured and passionate public and for generations of young spectators.
After years of decay, in 1958 it was returned to use by the impresario Paolo Grassi, who had great Italian and international actors and singers perform there, including Franca Valeri, Paolo Poli, Enzo Jannacci, Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Ornella Vanoni, Juliette Gréco and Domenico Modugno.
After many vicissitudes and closures, in 2017 it was returned to the city after a long restoration that brought the structure back to its former 19th century splendour.
The Gerolamo Theatre has also been called the Teatro alla Scala in miniature because its architectural structure is reminiscent of the Milanese temple of opera, with two tiers of boxes, a gallery and stalls with a capacity of 209 seats. Today, it hosts classical music concerts, prose monologues, singer-songwriter recitals, as well as contemporary dance performances and jazz music sessions.