Rome's Shakespearean festival celebrates 15 years.
27 June-14 Oct. Rome’s Shakespearean festival at the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre celebrates its 15th anniversary and this year for the first time comes under the umbrella of the city's Teatro di Roma network. The four-month festival in Villa Borghese is once again under the artistic direction of popular Roman actor Gigi Proietti and as usual ends with an English-language performance.
The season opens with Molto rumore per nulla (Much Ado About Nothing), directed by Loredana Scaramella (27 June-15 July); followed by Otello (Othello) directed by Marco Carniti (20 July-5 Aug); Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (A Midsummer Night's Dream) in the version by the late director Riccardo Cavallo (8-26 Aug); La bisbetica domata (The Taming of the Shrew) directed by Loredana Scaramella (31 Aug-16 Sept); La Tempesta (The Tempest) directed by Daniele Salvo (21 Sept-7 Oct); and concluding with The Merchant of Venice, an original language version by the London-based Bedouin Shakespeare Company, directed by Chris Pickles (10-14 Oct).
There are also several poetic and musical projects including Sonetti D'Amore, Playing Shakespeare and William and Elizabeth, as well as a short film competition on the theme Teatro secondo me, overseen by Proietti and selected by an expert panel.
Rome’s Globe Theatre is a full-scale timber reproduction of Shakespeare’s Globe, copied from the original oak and thatch designs, and almost identical to the one that stands on London’s South Bank. The festival attracts around 65,000 spectators each year, and all shows are in Italian with the exception of the final production. For programme and ticket details see Globe website.