A feast of scenes, speeches and songs from Shakespeare’s Italian plays


Performed by Justin Butcher & Caroline Faber

Live music performed by Daniel Zappi

Directed by Justin Butcher



Filodrammatici Theatre

Via Filodrammatici 1, Milan


Time:  8.00pm 

Duration: 80 mins. (no interval)


From the lovelorn streets of Romeo and Juliet’s Verona and Julius Caesar’s murderous machinations in Rome, to the frothy mix of sex, money and intrigue in Othello’s Venice, Shakespeare’s fascination with Italy is a constant undercurrent of his work. His Italian settings are so crucial to his plots that they have become characters in their own right – and his influence can be felt in Italy today.


From The Merchant of Venice to Othello through Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, award-winning UK playwright, actor and director Justin Butcher follows Shakespeare’s love affair with Italy in an exquisite collage of scenes, speeches and songs which conjure a spell of Shakespearean enchantment by turns comic, vulgar, passionate and poignant, transporting you across the centuries to Shakespeare’s Italy. Performed by award-winning British actors and interwoven with the haunting songs of renowned Anglo-Italian singer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Zappi.


Performed in English with Italian sub-titling


“The performance was engaging, entertaining and a really effective educational tool for bringing Shakespeare to life.  We look forward to booking J. Productions’ future shows.”.

Shakespeare in Italy,  Hetal Patel, British School of Milan

“I felt inspired to watch the extracts from the individual Shakespeare plays. A fantastically entertaining performance and a thought-provoking discussion after ”

Shakespeare in Italy,  Adam Russell British School of Milan