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

Latest News

Lockdown Taboo and You Workshops and Competition

Dame Janet Suzman: Shakespeare and Manias Workshop

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Playwriting Competition ‘Lockdown, Taboo and You’

* £200 prize for winning short play – deadline 26 February, 2021

* Dame Janet Suzman joins us for Shakespeare and Manias workshop – 7pm, 8 February, 2021

* Playwriting creative workshop with Dr Emily Garside, MA RADA – 7pm, 1 February, 2021

* https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly tickets by donation, pay what you can afford.

Festive rendition of #TwastheNightbeforeChristmas with playreading group and #JohnNettles

#GettingTogetherMatters playreading group for #over50's from yesterday's online Christmas party for #VolunteeringMatters volunteers

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The #over50's playreading group started online in October and will continue from #January14th #2021.

Anybody is welcome to join who likes reading aloud, reading plays aloud and having fun together while we do it! You don't have to read, you're very welcome to come and #listen. 

Clement Clarke Moore (1799 - 1863) who wrote 'Twas the Night Before Christmas came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. 

#JohnNettles  led a module for our international summer school in #Padua in #2017 on #TheMerchantofVenice with #JaneWymark.

#Playreading #over50's #actingtogether #readingtogether #listening #havingfun

 

To join the sessions please email - gtm@volunteeringmatters.org.uk  or call 07377 692 408

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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