After the success of last edition, the Italian Theatre Festival returns in London, at the Coronet Theatre, with various plays from some of Italy’s best authors. As official sponsors of this event, we want to raise some awareness around this interesting project that is taking the Italian theatrical tradition to the UK in a beautiful location.
The Italian Theatre Festival will take place on the 7th and 8th of June, with the first play starting at 7 PM and the second at 9 PM on both days.
Check out the programme for further details.
Let’s see the four plays chosen for this edition of the festival.
Three Italian Short Stories
Performed by Greta Scacchi, Alessandra Vanzi, and Lucy Russell.
Three classic 20th century Italian short stories, Elsa Morante’s The Ambitious Ones, Natalia Ginzburg’s My Husband, and Fabrizia Ramondino’s The Tower, are showcased by Greta Scacchi, Alessandra Vanzi and Lucy Russell. All of these stories feature in the landmark publication The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories edited by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Greta Scacchi is a celebrated Italian actress of stage and screen. She was born in Milan and grew up in England and Australia. Scacchi’s film credits include: White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, The Player and Looking for Alibrandi. She won an Emmy in 1996 for her portrayal of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
Alessandra Vanzi is an Italian actress and director. In 1975 she founded, together with Giorgio Barberio Corsetti and Marco Solari, the theatre company La Gaia Scienza, later known as Solari – Vanzi. She appeared in several movies and plays, working with directors as Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion and Anthony Minghella.
Lucy Russell’s film credits include: Following by Christopher Nolan and L’anglaise et le Duc by Eric Rohmer. She has also worked with many directors including Terry Gilliam, Francois Ozon, Paul Feig and Marc Forster.
Remember Me: Homage to Hamlet
In Remember Me: Homage to Hamlet, Fabrizio Gifuni pays tribute to Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark. For Gifuni, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a never ending work in progress, a journey which started with a three-year workshop in the 1990s with Orazio Costa, in whose words «you will all bring something of Hamlet with you, throughout your life, and you will always come across characters imbued with this tendency».
The play will explore the Shakespearean work in its entirety through Hamlet’s mind, in which the characters are evoked as if they were ghosts. «Never like in this play – says Gifuni – has Shakespeare declared all of his love for the idea of theatre as a “mouse trap” that has the strength to unmask power».
Winston vs Churchill
A play written by Carlo G. Gabardini, directed by Paola Rota with Giuseppe Battiston in the leading role of Winston Churchill. What makes a man capable of shifting the course of history? Is it bravery, strength or simply circumstances? A portrait of the man and the politician, Giuseppe Battiston explores the larger-than-life persona of Winston Churchill in Carlo G. Gabardini’s play.
Battiston is an italian actor and writer, best known for his collaboration with Silvio Soldini. He has won the David di Donatello and the Ciak d’Oro prestigious awards as Best Supporting Actor for Pane e Tulipani (2000) and appeared in more than 50 films from 1990 onwards.
The character of Ulysses imagined by Marco Paolini is the subject of Odysseus Filó, evolved from Paolini’s recent performances in Nel Tempo degli Dei at Piccolo Teatro in Milan.
Ulysses experienced and suffered much in his twenty years travelling far from home. Towards the end of his life he reflects on insincerity and hidden identity. When he speaks, he enchants…