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Study Shakespeare In Italy

Study Shakespeare In Italy

Shakespeare in Italy Summer course, Pizzo Calabro 2018

Shakespeare in Italy is delighted to announce a 14 day residential summer course in the beautiful seaside town of Pizzo Calabro from May 19th to June 2nd 2018. It follows highly successful courses at the University of Urbino in 2014 and 2015 and Padua in 2017, The programme will again focus on 3 Shakespeare plays set wholly or partially in Italy. Course work will include discussions, textual and character analysis, and practical work on scenes. This year we will be focusing on Antony & Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale and Much Ado About Nothing.

Participants. must speak English, otherwise it is open house. People range in age from 19 to 93. Some are college or university students. Some are actors. Some are adults with a lively interest in Italian Renaissance culture in general, and Shakespeare in particular. This diversity works especially well when scenes are being “put on their feet”. Those who wish to perform can do so, while those who don’t can observe and comment on the work in progress. Reg Grouse aged 96 is returning this year from Melbourne, Australia – the power of Shakespeare!


On day 1 participants arrive and settle in, with an introductory session and welcome dinner. The programme is then divided into modules devoted to each play, under the guidance of its own leader. After every module there will be a day’s break for a variety of leisure activites.

The tutors

Dame Janet Suzman will lead the work on Antony & Cleopatra, a play in which she famously starred as Cleopatra, one of Shakespeare’s most complex heroines, at the RSC. Janet recently directed Kim Cattrall in the part at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Jane Wymark ( Joyce Barnaby in Midsomer Murders with John Nettles) will work on the romantic comedy with a shockingly melodramatic twist, Much Ado About Nothing. Jane has taught acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for the past 20 years and regularly leads workshops at the National Theatre.

Michael Pennington will workshop The Winter’s Tale. This is one of Shakespeare’s haunting last 4 plays often described as romances or tragicomedies. Michael has been in the play twice – most recently with the Kenneth Branagh Company in London.


Palazzo Zimatore This elegant town house has recently undergone a stylish refurbishment and the rooms are arranged in apartments over 3 floors. Updated photos are available on request.

Casa Armonia Guests can use the sitting room area, the large kitchen and the stunning terrace which overlooks the sea where dolphins play in the water below.


The price of a single room with your own bathroom, 14 nights B & B, full course plus 4 group dinners is €2550.00

A single room with shared bathroom is €2350.00 and a shared room is €2250.00

Comments from 2017

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Summer School. Participants were lovely, enthusiastic people. I definitely want to do it again.” Francis Cox, Amsterdam

“I just wanted to thank you for organising a very stimulating fortnight. It was great fun as well as being inspiring. Meantime I’m re-reading the plays. I think I’m hooked!” Les Clack, Paris

For more information please see

or contact Mary Chater at shakespeareinitaly [dot] eu [at] gmail [dot] com 01424 254540

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