It was April 23rd 1616, this year 400 years ago, when William Shakespeare took his last breath in Stratford-upon-Avon, at the age of 52 and after a great career as poet, playwright and actor.
Quite a few of his world famous theatrical works of art are set in the Veneto Region; Romeo & Juliette, Othello, The Merchant of Venice but also The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Taming of the Shrew.
With the project 400 years Shakespeare in Veneto, initiative of Ornella Naccari, PR Marketing – Communication and Cultural Association Casa Shakespeare Verona, a unique series of theatrical performances will take place between March and December 2016 at truly spectacular sites: From a castle on the banks of Lake Garda, to mystic courtyards in Verona and Venice, historical villas in the Veneto countryside and illustrious noble palaces in Venice.
A limited number of spectators (30/50 persons per event) is offered the unique possibility to live and almost be part of the performance as the public moves from one room to the next to view the various scenes in different settings of the historical locations.
The performances, all in English, will take place on set dates from 8.30 till 10 pm and the public is offered a Venetian food & wine tasting and a toast with the actors. Only exception is Othello at Cà Sagredo in Venice where guests are greeted with a welcome cocktail at the start of the performance at 6.30 pm.
As a special occasion and in connection with the 500 years anniversary of the Venice Ghetto, thanks to the 500 years Venice Ghetto Committee, from July 26th till 31st 2016 the New York City based performing arts company The Compagnia de’ Colombari will perform The Merchant of Venice in its original setting; The Venice Ghetto.
For more information, calendar of performances and special packages including hotel accommodation and entrance tickets : contact us