In 2007 Mary Chater and her husband Julian Curry moved home to Marche in Central Italy, near the early Renaissance, UNESCO town of Urbino. They were stunned by the many beautifully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century playhouses in the region. These spaces stimulated their theatrical juices and they resolved to set up a Shakespearean theatre company.
Mary read music at Somerville College, Oxford and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Her theatre work includes Hamlet, The Shaughraun and Square Rounds at the National Theatre, London.
Much Ado About Nothing, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Seagull, A Woman of No Importance and Women Beware Women at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon and London.
The Winter's Tale, Orange Tree, London. A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Nativity, Bolton Octagon. As You Like It, Manchester College Gardens, Oxford. The Triumph of Tears, Finborough Arms, London [writer and actor] Mrs Vershinin, Riverside Studios, London. A Woman of No Importance, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London. Night Must Fall, Worcester Swan. Eve of Retirement, Gate, London. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Oxford Playhouse and the Young Vic, London. Me and Michael, Old Red Lion, London. Saving Charlotte, Bridewell, London. Lady Windermere’s Fan, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Second Mrs Tanqueray, Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre.
In Italy, a Shakespeare recital programme with Julian Curry in Bologna, Cesena and Urbino.
Her TV work includes Footballer's Wives, Wycliffe and Robin of Sherwood. BBC radio work includes The Russia House, Uncle Dynamite, A Fatal Inversion and The Triumph of Tears.
She wrote a one woman show, Sex and the City of Westminster that toured studio theatres in the UK from 2003 - 2005.
Mary was Music Director at the BOVTS, worked as a pianist for Raimund Herincx and other singers and instrumentalists in London, also teaching adult evening classes for the ILEA.
She taught at Urbino University and in schools in Marche and Emilia Romagna for several years using Shakespeare and theatre.
Back in England, she is teaching English as a volunteer at the Links Project for refugees and asylum seekers in Hastings.