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 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

Top directors, actors & practitioners lead London-based Summer School

Six-day long workshops both daytime and evening at The Playground Theatre

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Sharing Shakespeare Summer School 
14-19 June, 10 to 4.30 and 5.30 to 9.30pm
with Lucy Bailey, Michael Corbidge, Philip Cumbus, Sarah Sayeed and Emma Lucia Hands 

BOOKING LINK 

Sharing Shakespeare Workshops - a week-long summer school of theatre courses | Line-Up (lineupnow.com)

* discount for whole school booking and under-25s get 25 per cent off! 

* open to all 

* unique access to practitioners working at the top of their profession 

* check out our brochure for all the details 

* once on the landing page for the booking line you will see a calendar - click on the time and date for the workshop you want to book

(you can book the whole school by clicking on 10am, Monday, June 14. Under 25s can claim their discount as it asks for payment. There is also the option to book all three of Sarah Sayeed's workshops at a discount price.)

Shakes Birthday Week - Come Celebrate With Us

Cleo & the Boys: Dame Janet Suzman; If Music be the Food of Love/Free Your Voice: Sarah Sayeed

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BOOKING INFORMATION: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly 

Cleopatra and the Boys 23 April

An unconventional take on a unique play -

With Dame Janet Suzman

If Music Be the Food of Love 21 April

With musician, vocal artist, composer & writer

Sarah Sayeed

Free Your Voice 28 April

Sarah Sayeed focusing on expression, intent and clarity

With extracts from Shakespeare texts