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.

BREAKING NEWS: We bring our acclaimed Summer School to West London, The Playground Theatre, 14-19 June 2021, with leading Directors, Actors & Practitioners. Visit our News or Education Sections for more information and to book. 

Our aim is to enliven the experience of Shakespeare’s Italian plays with an exciting mix of British realism and Italian intensity while finding new audiences especially among those for whom English is their second or third language.

We 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

Winning playwright Mark Daniels' play will be on at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington August 2, 3, 4

Corona Virus - A Great British Farce the winning entry in our spring competition 'Lockdown, Taboo and You' at the Camden Fringe

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Stand up comedian and writer Mark Daniels won our short playwriting competition that we presented in conjunction with Props Mental Health with Corona Virus - A Great British Farce.
There were almost 100 entries so he faced a lot of competition.
He has expanded the two hander into a piece lasting 60 minutes - the run is on for 3 nights, August 2, 3, 4

Come and laugh the trauma away at this dark comedy, inspired by the writer's ridiculous lockdown diary entries.


From his website -

Latest News
👉 Tickets here 👈 My new play Coronavirus – A Great British Farce, is coming to Camden Fringe 2021. Hen and Chickens Theatre, 2nd-4th August. 👉 Tickets here 👈

My sitcom, Straight Faced, has just won Pozzitive Comedy’s FunnyDot competition and I will be working with them on a staged reading of it. Watch this space.

A sketch of mine recently appeared on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s podcast, The Skewer.

I am overjoyed to have been announced as a Writer in Residence for Broken Silence Theatre for 2020-2021!

The run of N89, my play set on a night bus, was sadly cut short due to COVID-19. But, you can now catch the bus online here!

My play Single Ticket was longlisted in the prestigious Bruntwood Playwriting Award and recently had a rehearsed reading by Dramatists Guild.

My short play, Safe Man, has been selected as part of Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response. Catch it here.

I’m working on an exciting screen project that involves writing a script about homosexuality during World War 2. Watch this space!

I’m working with a co-writer, Laura McGrady on a new piece about queer relationships. Working title: Billie Billy Lee Leigh. Hopefully coming soon!


#standup #homosexualityinWW2 #TheSkewer #standupcomedy #youngmaleBritishplaywright #youngplaywright #LGBTQ+ #HenandChickens #CamdenFringe @PropsMHealth #PropsMentalHealth

Composer / Musician Sarah Sayeed leads 3 workshops at summer school June 14 - 19 The Playground Theatre, W10

In the Youtube video Sarah tells us about her 3 sessions

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Sarah Sayeed is a musician, vocal artist, composer, writer and workshop facilitator who has worked at both the RSC and Globe. She has more than 15 years of experience working collaboratively with a range of artists. She is currently director of Phakama Project, Queen Mary's University of London.

sarahsayeedartist.com is where you can read much more about Sarah's work

Over three evenings Sarah offers a range of workshops:

Free Your Voice - Discover your own natural voice, exploring different ways of working with range and dynamics. We will focus on expression, intent and clarity as we explore extracts from Shakespeare’s texts and dialogue. Monday 14th (5.30 – 9.30pm £65).

Composing Sound and Design - This session will explore ways of scoring a piece of Shakespeare’s text. We will discover natural resources the actor or performer can utilise in scoring using the body, through instruments and the voice. Tuesday 15th (5.30 – 9.30pm £65).

The Art of the Speech - What makes a good speech and how do we best approach it? Exploring different methods of approaching speech through language, meaning, voice work and delivery. Wednesday 16th (5.30 to 9.30pm £65) .

#Composer #SoundDesigner #MusicalDirector #Writer #performer #sound #sounddesign #speech #voice

Actress #RakieAyola cites Shakespeare in Italy's Associate Artist Bill Alexander as her #mentor

The Anthony and Noughts & Crosses star now in #BBC1 crimer thriller #ThePact was interviewed in recent Financial Times article by Hester Lacey.

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STOP PRESS - on June 6th, Rakie won Best Supporting Actress at the #BAFTA's for her role in #Anthony on #BBC1

Film, theatre and television actor #RakieAyola said in a recent interview in the Financial Times that Bill Alexander was her mentor and set her love of Shakespeare.

#RSCHonoraryAssociateArtist Bill is an Associate Director with Shakespeare in Italy. We are planning to stage his abridged six-character version called A Merchant of Venice later this year at The Playground Theatre in London W10.

Rakie, who recently starred in the ITV drama #Grace was named best female actor in the #2020BlackBritishTheatreAwards for her performance in On Bear Ridge. Her other television appearances have included Anthony and Noughts & Crosses.

In the interview she says: “Director Bill Alexander, who I did a lot of plays with in the 1990s set my love of Shakespeare.” She also describes her drama teacher at school and head of studies at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, together with actor girlfriends in a creative network as being mentors.

She adds further: “I’d love to do a costume drama. In period drama you can be larger and fruitier and juicier!”

It was 30 years ago, she says, that she wrote to the head of drama at ITV and said “why do I never see black people in your dramas?” He gave her one line and it got her a job. “I've been running on that ever since. Saying the thing that people want to say, but don’t, for fear of never working again.”

Rakie stars in the #BBC1 crime thriller #ThePact which begins on Monday May 17th.

 #BAFTA #BestSupportingActress