Mimmo Cuticchio is the most important contemporary exponent of the art of the


(a nineteenth-century theatrical tradition that, making use of a particular narration technique, consists in the oral telling, in installments, of the events of the Paladins of France) and of

Opera dei Pupi

, declared by Unesco an “Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. Son of a puppeteer and direct heir of the two traditions, he was a profound innovator of both, capable, even today, of bringing new generations of spectators closer to them and guaranteeing them a future.

Born in Gela (CL) in 1948 on the stage of his father’s theatre, Mimmo grew up in a family of puppeteers in Palermo: his grandfather (Girolamo Cuticchio, 1888-1960) ran a puppet theatre and hired puppeteers; his father, Giacomo (Palermo,

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Citation: Venturini, Valentina. "Mimmo Cuticchio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14999, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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