Summer School May 19 — June 2 Pizzo Calabro, Calabria, Italy

Antony & Cleopatra. Much Ado About Nothing. The Winter's Tale.

The Tutors

Janet Suzman’s stellar acting career encompasses work classical and modern, much of it devoted to leading roles with the RSC. As a director she was responsible for a ground-breaking production of ‘Othello’ at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, in 1987, and directed Kim Cattrall as Cleopatra for the Liverpool Playhouse and in 2012 for the Chichester Festival Theatre, when Michael Pennington joined the company to play Antony. Thus Antony and Cleopatra is the play she has chosen to explore with us. 

Michael Pennington led a module on our first course in 2014. He is an RSC Honorary Associate Artist and co founder of the English Shakespeare Company. He played Leontes with the ESC and recently Antigonus for Kenneth Branagh’s production. His book ‘Sweet William’ owes much to the 20,000 hours he has spent acting Shakespeare. 

Jane Wymark also returns, following work on ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in 2017 with John Nettles. She is a highly experienced drama teacher at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and an eminent stage, TV and film actress. She is well known as Joyce Barnaby in ‘Midsomer Murders’ (L'Ispettore Barnaby in Italy). Her many Shakespearean roles include Lady Macbeth, Kate in ‘Taming of the Shrew’, Viola and Ophelia to Derek Jacobi’s ‘Hamlet.’ 




Accommodation for the course will be in apartments at the recently refurbished town house, Palazzo Zimatore, two minutes from the main piazza, and at the nearby Casa Armonia, a period town house decorated with charm and flair. It features a private terrace for breakfast overlooking the sea, where dolphins can often be seen at play. palazzo-zimatore-pizzo.en-gb.html bed-pizzo-calabro.en-gb.html 

Pizzo has many small family run restaurants and everyone should try the local gelato speciality, Tartufo which was invented here. On free days between modules, participants can swim in the azure sea, visit Tropea or the stunning 5th century BC Greek Riace bronzes or the famous black beaches of the nearby Stromboli volcano with a local guide. 

  • Single room with own bathroom, 
    14 nights B & B
    Full course and 4 group dinners. 

  • Single room sharing a bathroom, 
    14 nights B & B
    Full course and 4 group dinners. 

  • Shared rooms 
    14 nights B & B
    Full course and 4 group dinners.

  • Suites and a flat are also available
    Please enquire for more info

The Shakespeare In Italy International Summer School has grown in reputation, since the programme was first established in 2014. This year's course will be in Calabria at the toe of Italy - separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The warm climate, the beautiful colours of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a landscape that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavours of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins give Calabria its unique charm 

The school is open to anyone who is fluent in English over the age of 18. It gives participants a unique opportunity to bring the plays alive with top level Shakespearean actors and directors, who have a wealth of experience with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, and on both television and film. 

In addition to practical work on the plays, the cost for the summer school includes 14 nights B & B accommodation and four special dinners.