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

#BBCNewnight interview with actor #CyrilNri re: new visa requirements for theatre professionals working in #EU

An interview with actor #CyrilNri re: current bureaucratic requirements for theatre professionals and musicians working in #EU

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A letter has been sent to Boris Johnson by #Equity members to express the impossibly high cost of now working in EU as an actor, musician, dancer etc since #Brexit visa regulations came into force. Cyril mentions Shakespeare in Italy and the affect this will have on small companies. 

"Shakespeare in Italy takes directors like Bill Alexander to do workshops in Italy, taking Shakepseare and spreading our culture and yet this is being killed at the knees. This is not about your Benedict Cumberbatches and the Tom Hiddlestones, this is about where we find the next Daniel Kaluuyas, the Michaela Coels, the Kingsley Ben-Adirs, we need places where companies like this can travel. Spending £100 on visas for travel will make it economically impossible for small companies. 

"People are going to stop employing us and we are going to lose a cultural exchange and the ability to bring in huge amounts of revenue into this country and develop the actors of the future. There are 47,000 members of Equity, and 43 per cent said they were being affected by the rules seeping in plus with the double whammy of the pandemic the effect is huge."


Please see Cyril's interview. https://mobile.twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1361818482111893510?s=20

 

Ian McKellen and Julie Walters join stars to call for visa-free touring

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Julie Walters are among more than 100 names who have signed a letter to Boris Johnson, warning that visa rules for European touring will deal a “disastrous blow” to the industry.


#Equity #BillAlexander #EnglishSpeakingTheatreofVienna
#actorsabroad #actorsinEU #touringinEU #IanMcKellen #patron #PatrickStewart #JulieWalters #BorisJohnson #disastrounsblow

#DailyTelegraph article ' Feeling blue? You need some Shakespeare ' by #ClaireAllfree 05/02/2021

The therapeutic qualities of our greatest playwright can offer solace in our current crisis

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An article by journalist Claire Allfree in Daily Telegraph 05/02/2021 about the restorative power of Shakespeare and our company, Shakespeare in Italy.

'There is a great comfort, even a shared humanity, to be found in the shock of recognition you can get from his plays.'


https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/feeling-blue-need-dose-shakespeare/amp/

#Workshop with #DameJanetSuzman Feb 8th - Shakespeare and Manias

This will explore #melancholy and #mania focusing on the perennially Eeyorish Jaques in As You Like It & the unrepentent psychopath Iago in Othello.

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This workshop is the second Shakespeare in Italy is running in partnership with PropsMental Health @PropsMHealth for our 15 minute playwriting competition 'Lockdown, Taboo and You.'

https://www.trybooking.com/uk/eventlist/shakespeareinitaly

collette@shakespeareinitaly.org.uk for info re: submissions etc

Suzman knows better than most it is partly the full throttle, no holds barred poetry of Shakespeare that, for modern readers, makes him such an effective lightning rod for the soul.
"The Elizabethans weren't frightened of words in the way we are today," says Suzman. " We've reduced language to the size of a Tweet, and use banal little emoticons to express very complex feelings. Whereas Shakespeare is a black piste writer; all his characters are on a precipice."
Of course, Shakespeare would never have heard the words "mental health" bandied about in Elizabethan England. Suzman dismisses the term entirely believing it, " far too bland an expression to use in relation to a writer who is the most exciting to have ever lived."