The Piccolo Teatro della Città di Torino – currently called Teatro Stabile di Torino – was established on 28th May 1955 inside the the Teatro Gobetti building. The first two theatrical seasons were directed by Nico Pepe, then followed by the young director Gianfranco De Bosio, who directed the theater for a decade and imposed the performances of the theatre of Turin throughout the italian theatres. In 1961 during the celebrations of the centenary of the Italy’s Unify De Bosio directed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht at Teatro Carignano: starting from this debut the historic hall of the Carignano owned by the City of Turin will regularly host the main shows of Teatro Stabile of Torino.
Later, 1977, the eighteenth-century theater Carignano became the official seat of the Teatro Stabile. After the 1968, a collegial leadership took over, composed of Giuseppe Bartolucci, Daniele Chiarella, Federico Doglio, Nuccio Messina and Gian Renzo Morteo. The Teatro Stabile, the first in Italy, promoted a new relationship between schools and urban suburbs, establishing itself as a promoter of important phenomena such as theatrical animation and decentralization. In the following years, the direction was passed to Franco Enriquez, Aldo Trionfo, Mario Missiroli together with Giorgio Guazzotti, and later Ugo Gregoretti.
The 1990 has opened with Luca Ronconi’s direction: he carried out memorable shows in Turin, including The Last Days of Humanity by Karl Kraus in the Sala Presse of the abandoned Fiat factory at Lingotto. In 1992, Mr. Ronconi founded the School for Actors of Teatro Stabile di Torino, now codirected by Gabriele Vacis and Valerio Binasco: the school is one the most important educational institutions in our country. After the direction of Guido Davico Bonino, a University Teacher followed Gabriele Lavia’s one. These were crucial years for the activation of international exchanges: Pinter himself directed The Hothouse. After the two-year period entrusted to Massimo Castri, Walter Le Moli worked to promote young companies and local realities projects. In 2006, the Teatro Stabile di Torino is the protagonist of the events realized for the XX Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006 celebrations with six shows directed by Luca Ronconi.
From 2007 to 2017, the artistic direction of the Teatro Stabile di Torino was entrusted to Mario Martone, who directed Giacomo Leopardi’s Operette morali, La serata a Colono by Elsa Morante, Carmen by Enzo Moscato, Danton’s Death by Georg Büchner and The Mayor of the Rione Sanità by Eduardo De Filippo. Since 2018, Valerio Binasco is the Artistic Director of the Teatro Stabile: he directed Don Giovanni di Molière, Arlecchino, servant of two masters by Carlo Goldoni, Amleto by William Shakespeare, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.
Since 2015, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities, and Tourism of Italy has recognized the Teatro Stabile di Torino as a National Theater.