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

#Rehearsal photos for 'A Merchant of Venice' which opens at The Playground Theatre W10 on November 10th

Photographer - © Guy Bell, GBPhotos.com

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Some rehearsal photos of Shakespeare in Italy's first production, a brand new 6 character version called 'A Merchant of Venice' adapted and directed by our #AssociateArtist Bill Alexander

Portia - Lena Robin
Shylock - Peter Tate
Antonio, the Merchant - John McAndrew
Bassanio - Alexander Knox
Gratiano - Alex Wilson
Solania - Mary Chater

Design and costumes - Sara Perks
Lighting - Ryan Day
Sound and music - Sarah Sayeed

The show opens on November 10th and runs until December 4th at The Playground Theatre, Latimer Road, W10 6RQ

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