Yes dear Reader,
the smallest theatre (or theater) in the world is precisely in Italy, more specifically in a little town of Umbria. The Teatro della Concordia as we were saying…
The cutest little theatre you can imagine. it’s the smallest theatre not in terms of number of seats it offers but because it is the smallest architectonic representation of the typical Italian theatre of the 700th century. It is the typical teatro all’italiana in Goldioni style.
It was built by a bunch of rich families during the occupation of Napoleon and it officially opened in 1808.
The thing is, dear Reader, that as you can imagine the name “smallest theatre on earth” sparked some considerable controversy as in fact many other theatres around the world claim the same record.
However, dear Reader, only Concordia is the true and faithful model of the great Italian and Europeans theatres. Here is why:
It has a bell-shaped floor plan, a proscenium, fresco decorations on the entire surface and in the foyer, dressing rooms, a meeting room, a grand staircase entrance, a lobby, a ticket booth…
All the classic architectural elements of the “Italian theater” are here, thrown together in the cutest mini teeny tiny scale.
Teatro della Concordia has 99 seats squeezed in 68 square metres and the stage measures 50 metres with a foyer of about 30 metres.
Isn’t it adorable? 🙂