Shakespeare in Italy is delighted to have Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench as its patrons. These three leading actors have appeared in numerous Shakespeare productions over the years including at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and in the West End.
Ian McKellen appeared as a gangly but magnetic Macbeth and Judi Dench as the powerhouse of a wife, Lady Macbeth in the famously intimate and claustrophobic production at the Other Place in Stratford upon Avon in 1976 directed by Trevor Nunn.
A noted Shakespearean interpreter, in 2011, Ralph Fiennes made his directorial debut with his film adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus, in which he also played the title role.
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.
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.
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.