Welcome To Shakespeare In Italy

About Us

Shakespeare in Italy is a charity dedicated to advancing the arts, specifically drama, for the benefit of all.

Our aim is to enliven the experience of Shakespeare’s Italian plays with an exciting mix of British realism and Italian intensity while acknowledging the influence of the Italian Renaissance on his work.

The new company will explore this through performances in the UK, Italy and beyond, as well as via a programme of education and outreach.

Two former Royal Shakespeare Company actors, Julian Curry and Mary Chater in association with the Italian theatre manager, Sandro Pascucci,  founded the company which is managed by a board of Trustees. Our patrons are Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench.

Any project devoted to the works of Shakespeare has my enthusiastic support. Shakespeare in Italy has already established its credentials and a determination to explore and examine the plays from a fresh perspective. I wish the Company every possible luck for its future.

Ian McKellen

Shakespeare has always been my passion. Italy is a passion of mine too. This wonderful company has combined them both, and I wish them every success.

Judi Dench

Italy, or the idea of Italy, had a strong hold on Shakespeare's imagination and I have been privileged to perform in some of his Italian plays. I am pleased to be patron of this new company, Shakespeare in Italy, which aims to explore and further illuminate these magnificent works.

Ralph Fiennes
The Shakespeare in Italy leader proposed some scenes from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and ' The London Sketch.' This helped the students to work in an unusual and stimulating way, away from their normal curriculum, which doesn't usually include theatrical perfomances and encouraged them to approach language learning in a quite different manner.

Silvia Moscioni, G Celli technical school, Cagli (PU) Marche

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Behind the Scenes - #RehearsingShakespeare with Bill Alexander our Associate Director and #RSCHonoraryAssociateArtist

Bill works with French actress Lena Robin on #Portia from his new 6 character version called A Merchant of Venice

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Join behind the scenes work on text and character with Bill Alexander ( 14 years Associate Director at #RSC, #BirminghamRep then freelance and now our #AssociateDirector ) and newcomer Lena Robin as #Portia.
Featuring film of rehearsal footage, accompanying notes and Q & A.
On November 19th and 26th 2020 at 7pm UK time.
https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly

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Essential viewing for directors and actors alike, as well as anyone interested in performing or just getting to know the plays in more depth. Bill has adapted the play for a new six-character version A Merchant of Venice which our company is planning to stage in London next year. The fact that this rehearsal takes place online adds an extra dimension and chance for reflection on how theatre professionals can still work together in unprecedented times. 

Bill Alexander - "Good and truthful acting makes an audience glad to be alive, more sure of who they are and deeply grateful for the gift of live theatre. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (Shakespeare's company) had to close their theatre and cease performing many times due to the plague. If that should happen permanently in our own time, then part of what it means to be human will be lost too.
 
"Acting is a unique and uniquely brave form of creativity in that it calls on a human being to give themselves completely and honestly to a room full of strangers while producing the alchemical transformation of becoming someone else. The director's job is to protect, guide, challenge and encourage the fullest possible realisation of this transformation, which is not easy but, if successful, brings into being a miraculous encounter unparalleled in any other type of art."

 
Mary Chater, co-founder of Shakespeare in Italy - “Not since the 1980s when John Barton’s legendary ‘Playing Shakespeare’ sessions enthralled television audiences, have contemporary viewers been offered such rare insight into how an experienced director builds trust with a company, enabling them to explore text and character.”

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Women in Prison New Beginnings Art Awards September 2020 - exhibition runs until #Nov29th

#TheLightBox #WomensSupportCentreWoking present their #10th New Beginnings Art Awards

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With the extra restrictions imposed on women in prison and outside due to the pandemic, many incredible works have been made for this 10th year of the awards. Please see the exhibits via the link below.

The Women's Support Centre aims to prevent women from coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System by promoting participation and achievement in the arts. This motivates, inspires, and helps women to develop the skills needed to lead a more positive life. This year's theme is 'Looking Through a Different Lens'.
Actress #ThandieNewton was the guest speaker at the online ceremony.

https://www.thelightbox.org.uk/womens-support-centre-awards-2020

#Playreading sessions for the #over50's start on Thursday #October15th at #2pm.

Come and join the playreading group to have fun reading together - some short plays, some scenes, some longer plays.

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We have just finished reading the sublimely brilliant The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and on Thursday Nov 12th we will start reading Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - My Fair Lady is the musical based on the play.

All you #playreading afficionados over #50yearsold do come and join the group and let's enjoy ourselves reading aloud.
#actors #drama #theatrelovers #actresses

Please click on 'read more' for info on how to connect with the session.