The influence of the Italian Renaissance on Shakespeare and his writing is studied at an academic level worldwide but there are no other theatre companies exploring the many facets of this cross cultural relationship through performance.  Shakespeare in Italy seeks to find new audiences bringing different cultures together to enhance their experience and understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. 

Shakespeare in Italy was founded by two former Royal Shakespeare Company actors living in Italy in association with an Italian theatre manager.   Their aim was to create opportunities to explore - through performance and through workshops with people, both young and old – the important influence of Italian culture on Shakespeare and his writing. 

The company is now working to form permanent relationships with theatres here in the United Kingdom and in Italy.  It also plans to work with British and Italian educational institutions and community groups.