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

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.


#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're reading #TheImportanceofBeingEarnest by #OscarWilde and are having a ball!
The text is as near perfection as any comedy / farce in the English language.

Just got to the line in Act 2 Algernon- "I hope, Cecily, I shall not offend you if I state quite frankly and openly that you
seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection."

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

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#SnackingonShakespeare - online sessions starting on #October12th with #VolunteeringMatters

Mary Chater, a co founder of Shakespeare in Italy will lead #participatory 1 hour long sessions every Monday at #3pm for those who #loveShakespeare, are #curious #interested or just want to #listen.

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Anybody over 50 is welcome to attend the hour long Zoom session on a Monday afternoon - you can also be with us on the phone if you don't have a computer.
You need enthusiasm, good powers of listening and you need to want to get the words in your mouth.

#actorslife #shakespearelovers #shakespeare #drama #acting #actresses #actors #theatredirectors

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