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

Rehearsing Shakespeare: Cutting

"Performance is an encounter between those who have prepared for the occasion and those who haven't. If you doubt - CUT."

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There has been great interest in our Associate Director Bill Alexander's blogs such is his insight into directing Shakespeare. This is the fourth in the series which is accompanying the six actor version of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ planned by Shakespeare in Italy. This is an adapted version of the play by Bill called ‘A Merchant of Venice’.

Rehearsing Shakespeare: Subtext

"In Shakespeare, characters tend to use language to say exactly what they mean with as much detail and precision as their command of words allows"

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The third in a series of blogs from our Associate Director Bill Alexander in association with the six actor version of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ we are planning. This is an adapted version of the play by Bill called ‘A Merchant of Venice’.