Shakespeare in Veneto – 2016 Events


This year marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, who left behind a literary and theatrical legacy unmatched by any other writer in history. The Bard’s love affair with Italy was well-known; many of his best-known plays were set in the Italian region of Veneto. Romeo & Juliet was famously set in Verona; The Merchant of Venice and Othello took place in Venice and The Taming of the Shrew graced the city of Padua.

To commemorate this legacy, the Shakespeare in Veneto project is hosting a series of unique performances in beautiful venues throughout the region. These English-speaking events are small and intimate; often around 50 seats are available per performance, and include a pre-show cocktail or toast to the actors afterwards.

The events

Romeo and Juliet, Verona

Perhaps Shakespeare’s best-loved play, this production of Romeo and Juliet has an atmospheric setting in a former convent, and finishes with a toast with the performers along with sampling favourites from Verona’s famous De Rossi Bakery.

Location: The Cloister of Juliet’s Tomb, Verona

Seats: 80

Price: 35 euros

Start time: 8.30pm

Duration: 60 minutes

Dates 2016: 7 June; 21 June; 5 July; 26 July; 9 August; 23 August; 13 September; 27 September; 11 October; 25 October; 15 November; 29 November; 6 December; 10 December.

Bridge In Verona where Shakespeare visited

Othello, Venice
This tale of love and jealousy is a moving performance that takes its small audience from one room to another in the magnificent Ca’Sagredo hotel. Spectators are treated to a welcome cocktail on arrival and its beautiful terrace restaurant, l’Alcova, will host a Shakespearean-themed menu after the show.

“The Ca’Sagredo is a superb location for the production – especially as the play is set in Venice. Guests  move around different rooms in the hotel that represent different locations featured in the play.” – Heather Green, Senior Regional Purchasing Manager

Location: Ca’Sagredo Hotel, Venice

Seats: 50

Price: 45 euros

Start time: 7pm

Duration: 75 minutes

Dates 2016: 8 June; 6 July; 24 August; 28 September; 26 October; 16 November; 30 November; 7 December.


The Merchant of Venice, Venice
The Palazzo Marin, a spectacular noble palace from the 16th century, is the perfect backdrop to this comedy-drama from Shakespeare’s first folio. When the performance finishes, the audience are invited to toast with the actors and enjoy tasting from Venice’s acclaimed Ghimel Restaurant.

Location: Marin Palace, Venice

Seats: 40

Price: 45 euros

Start time: 7pm

Duration: 75 minutes

Dates 2016: 23 June; 27 July; 10 August; 14 September; 12 October; 21 December.


The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, and the region of Verona welcomes the play to its breathtaking Scaliger Castle. On the shores of Lake Garda, this fairytale setting brings the play to life and rounds the evening off with post-show food and wine tasting.

Location: Scaliger Castle, Verona

Seats: 30

Price: 35 euros

Start time: 8.30

Duration: 60 minutes

Dates 2016: 14 June; 28 June; 12 July; 19 July; 2 August; 30 August; 6 September; 20 September.


The Taming of the Shrew, Padua
This comedy will take place in the Venetian villa complex of Villa Duodo, in the charming and historic city of Padua. Less than 30 minutes by train and a 40-minute drive from Venice, it’s the ideal end to a day trip, and you can enjoy a toast with the actors and food and wine tasting when the performance finishes.

Location: Villa Duodo, Padua.

Seats: 40

Price: 35 euros.

Start time: 8.30pm.

Duration: 85 minutes.

Dates 2016: 15 June; 29 June; 13 July; 20 July; 3 August; 31 August; 7 September; 21 September.



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