Here is an overview of the past events we have organised previously.
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
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
Free Your Voice 28 April
Sarah Sayeed focusing on expression, intent and clarity
With extracts from Shakespeare texts
During a glittering career playing Shakespeare, Janet Suzman’s portrayal of Cleopatra remains iconic. In this session she will argue controversially why she believes that the role was most certainly played by a woman when it was originally performed. Come along and celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday by joining us for an intriguing discussion on 23 April at 7pm. Please read the play beforehand.
Janet played Cleopatra twice in Stratford, in London and on film. She directed Kim Cattrall in the role many years later. “I was so fascinated that a man Shakespeare could have written a woman Cleopatra that is so nuanced, so subtle, to my eyes absolutely undoable except by a mature mind which is why I cannot see boys playing this role,” she said.
Sarah Sayeed’s credits include Principle Musician in Richard II at Shakespeare's Globe, Composer and Musical Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company adaption of Moliere's Tartuffe, and Sound Designer for Contact Theatre's production on the Suffragette Movement, She Bangs The Drums. With more than 15 years of experience working collaboratively with a range of artists, she is Creative Director of Project Phakama which runs workshops and projects for artists, young people and communities. Sarah has led workshops and delivered for Oxford Contemporary Music and represents women composers in music for the Musicians Union. Her sessions online with us are a taster for the workshops she will be running at our summer school at The Playground Theatre, June 14 - 19.
If music be the food of love: This first session with Sarah will explore scoring a piece of Shakespeare text with new approaches to composing and design. The session is aimed at those who wish to enhance/develop their own skills in this area and those who are interested in the process as a way of increasing their enjoyment and appreciation of the plays. 21 April at 7pm
Free Your Voice: The second session with Sarah is for participants to explore opening and to free their natural voice, while finding different ways of working with range and dynamics, focusing on expression, intent and clarity using extracts from Shakespeare. 28 April at 7pm
We have a spring in our step and are feeling as mad as March hares with exciting activities to keep you buzzing, creative and connected
- Talking Shakespeare – We are excited that Dame Janet Suzman will be joining us once again on Monday evenings for a two-parter on March 22 and 29
- Lockdown, Taboo and You – members of the company and invited actors will present a rehearsed reading of the four finalists in our play writing competition March 11th
- Read-a-long and Tame the Shrew – Join members of the company on Tuesday evenings, beginning March 16, 22 and 30th
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK TICKETS FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW
Playwriting Competition ‘Lockdown, Taboo and You’
* £200 prize for winning short play – deadline 26 February, 2021
Asscociated workshops linked to the subject of mental health and the stigma surrounding it.
* Dame Janet Suzman joins us for Shakespeare and Manias workshop – 7pm, 8 February, 2021
* Playwriting creative workshop with Dr Emily Garside, MA RADA – 7pm, 1 February, 2021
* https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly tickets by donation, pay what you can afford.
Soliloquy Slam Workshops with actor Ruby Campbell (Royal Court Theatre, Sam Mendes). Bring renewed fire and fun to your favourite Shakespearean speech. Through play, sensory exploration & imagination-expanding exercises, we will take Shakespeare’s best known texts on new journeys to uncover the meaning of the Bard’s famous words to us in this moment. Hone your performance skills or simply delve into Shakespeare’s soliloquies in a judgement-free space safe to experiment in. A series of four one-hour workshops, book for all four or single sessions. Tuesdays 7pm, from December 1.
Twelfth Night Read-a-Long Join members of our company for three 90-minute sessions as we read and discuss Shakespeare's masterpiece. You can listen or read as you wish. Put your feet up with a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the end of the week with what has been described as the Bard's most perfect comedy. Discover the lyrical, emotional and bittersweet melody of the text with us on our Sharing Shakespeare Online Platform helping you to stay creative and connected. Book for all three or single sessions. Fridays 2.30pm, from December 4.
November 26, 2020 Behind the Scenes - Rehearsing Shakespeare with Bill Alexander on his new adaptation of #TheMerchantofVenice - a rare insight into how a top director works on text and character with Lena Robin playing #Portia + Q & A November 26th at 7pm UK time. For more information see below. MORE INFORMATION
Screened as part of our Childing Autumn Sharing Shakespeare online platform, this is essential viewing for directors and actors alike, as well as anyone interested in performing or just getting to know the plays in more depth. Bill has adapted the play for a new six-character version A Merchant of Venice which our company is planning to stage in London next year. The fact that this rehearsal takes place online adds an extra dimension and chance for reflection on how theatre professionals can still work together in unprecedented times.
Bill Alexander - "Good and truthful acting makes an audience glad to be alive, more sure of who they are and deeply grateful for the gift of live theatre. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (Shakespeare's company) had to close their theatre and cease performing many times due to the plague. If that should happen permanently in our own time, then part of what it means to be human will be lost too.
"Acting is a unique and uniquely brave form of creativity in that it calls on a human being to give themselves completely and honestly to a room full of strangers while producing the alchemical transformation of becoming someone else. The director's job is to protect, guide, challenge and encourage the fullest possible realisation of this transformation, which is not easy but, if successful, brings into being a miraculous encounter unparalleled in any other type of art."
Mary Chater, co-founder of Shakespeare in Italy - “Not since the 1980s when John Barton’s legendary ‘Playing Shakespeare’ sessions enthralled television audiences, have contemporary viewers been offered such rare insight into how an experienced director builds trust with a company, enabling them to explore text and character.”
Sharing Shakespeare, April 23rd, 2020
Launch of our online digital platform of activities, workshops and tutorials #shareyourshakespeare @RSC
6th International Summer School June 26 - July 4, 2020 in Cagli theatre (PU) Marche - CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC
#AMidsummerNightsDream with #EmmaLuciaHands and #AsYouLikeIt with #DameJanetSuzman
Fundraising evening with #SirSimonRussellBeale 'in conversation with' Maureen Beattie, president of #Equity
Thursday October 24th 2019 in Queensgate Gardens, South Kensington, London
5th Shakespeare in Italy Summer School, Florence, July 6 to 19, 2019
Please go to Summer School for more information.
‘From Hamlet to Halifax.’
In November 2017, we held a fundraising event with Sir Derek Jacobi in the twelfth century Temple Church in central London. He talked to QC Tony Arlidge about his life as an actor. The audience had a great evening with champagne and nibbles and Derek supplying plenty of laughs.