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

What's that? You're ready to see THEATRE? How about FUNNY THEATRE?

It's gonna help you laugh those lockdown blues away!

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Writer Mark Daniels has a show on @CamdenFringe Aug 2 - 4 @TheHenChickens

Corona Virus - A Great British Farce

He won our playwriting competition, 'Lockdown, Taboo and You' with it in March this year.

Tickets https://tinyurl.com/jy3wcfc7 #SaveTheArts #NewWriting

This show is #Catharsis

This show is #Therapy

This show is #Gibberish

A Hit, a palpable hit! #Feedback, #photos and #videos from our 6th #summer school June 14 - 19 2021

Being together again in a theatre space felt as natural as #breathing

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We ran our 6 day summer school from June 14 - 19 at #ThePlaygroundTheatre, Latimer Road, London W10.

Emma Lucia Hands led sessions on #AMidsummerNightsDream, Philip Cumbus on #MuchAdoAboutNothing, Lucy Bailey and Michael Corbidge on #TwelfthNight and #TwoMerchantsofModena and Sarah Sayeed sessions on the Voice and Music with text.

Below is some enthusiastic feedback plus photos and short videos from Faisal Mohiuddin, Annette Probert, Valentina Vinci, Marilyn Homer and Lynn Strugnell.

Ages ranged from 20 - 79 and the participants came from Liverpool, North Wales, Hull, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Milan, Milton Keynes, Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire, Berkshire etc with English, Welsh, Bangladeshi, Indian, Italian, Swiss, Greek, Australian and Scottish nationalities present.

THE SIX DAYS WAS A LOT OF FUN WITH PLENTY OF LAUGHTER. IT FELT GLORIOUSLY NORMAL TO BE TOGETHER, WORKING IN A THEATRE SPACE AGAIN. 

This course was one of the best things I’ve done in a long time. I took a risk as I had no idea what to expect, and it was brilliant. Thank you to you and the team for putting together a great week. Lizzie Miles

I just wanted to say that it was an absolutely stunning two days with Philip Cumbus. Not only did I learn so much, but there was such a warmth and openness and inclusiveness in the room. I was particularly impressed by the diversity of the collective brain, as it is unique to be in a group that has so many people from different experiences, ages, cultures all sharing and contributing and being brave and generous. That is a testament to your vision of the project and also to the teachers for being so empowering and encouraging! Elena Pellone

I very much enjoyed learning with top professionals; people who really know what they are doing because they have solid experience of theatre work and particularly directing. Julia Holden

Excellent combination of Lucy Bailey and voice coach Michael Corbidge. I really appreciated the detailed pre work Lucy and Michael put into the course. It was well thought out and structured to the right level. It was well paced but most of all tremendous fun. The best aspect was the fact that it was almost wholly activity based. The length of the 4 day module was perfect as was the length of the day and the breaks given. I cannot fault the programme in any way. David Choules

I have never wanted to act but discovered that being involved in the process all day long ( 10 - 4.30) really helped my understanding of the characters, their words and actions. I gained insight into the feelings and emotions behind them as well as their effect on me as I received and spoke the words.

I felt included, a part of something happening that was much bigger than me. Marilyn Homer