Professor Giuseppe Giliberti of the University of Urbino has invited Shakespeare in Italy to organise a 14-day residential Summer Course, in July 2014. Three of the so-called ‘Italian’ plays will be examined, namely The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing See his Plan of Action below.
Michael Pennington, RSC leading actor and co-founder of the English Stage Company, will direct the sessions on Romeo and Juliet. Kelly Hunter , whose acting career ranges from West End musicals, film and tv to seasons with the RSC, will lead work on Much Ado.
The distinguished musician and international performer, Martin Best, who has been associated with the RSC for over 30 years, will perform his lecture-recital Shakespeare’s Music Hall and teach a seminar on the Sonnets. See details below. and Julian Curry will, as required by the module leaders, give support to individuals and groups throughout each workshop.
The Summer School is open to anyone of any nationality with a good command of English and a passion for Shakespeare. It aims to deepen participants’ understanding of the plays, to stimulate a sense of the Italian settings and culture which Shakespeare draws upon, and to provide varied and flexible approaches to exploring the texts. In all cases there will be a mix of expert input, practical work on scenes, discussions, and evaluations of contrasting film versions of the plays. Participants are strongly urged to familiarise themselves with all three plays in advance of the course. There are plans to visit some of the region’s superb historic theatres, with onstage rehearsals. Participants may either join in or watch, according to their preference.
The structure is modular and consecutive. Each play will be studied for three days. The style and substance of each module will be decided by the actor or director taking charge. After each three day period one day is allocated for alternative pursuits, organized by Mary Chater who is a qualified Blue Badge Guide.. See Appendix. Alternatively people may wish to take the opportunity to rest and reflect, or to explore the surrounding area.
City of Urbino
An Early Music Festival also takes place in Urbino during the second half of July. It will be of special relevance to Martin Best’s work, and no doubt a source of great interest and pleasure per se.
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