Shakespeare Week 2020

King Lear

14-17 April 2020 

 We celebrate William Shakespeare with a week of cultural events. 

All events take place at the Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Firenze.

Members of the Library may acquire a special Shakespeare Week pass with a €7 donation, which allows access to  all events included in the programme


Tuesday 14 April

17:00 - It’s Storytime!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream                                                    

Jennifer Adams’adaptation of Shakespeare’s lines brings the world of fairies to life and will enchant little ones for years to come. A beautiful way to introduce your little one to the Bard! The reading is followed by some forest fairy crafts. For children aged 4 to 8, but all ages are welcome.

Free to all


Wednesday 15 April

18:00 - Lecture in English

"King Lear, King of Fools"  by Simon Gammell

 King Lear is Shakespeare’s most brutal, unflinching and harrowing tragedy. A forensic examination of the human animal in all its ghastliness and glory, it is both a metaphysical poem to the human condition,  and a relentless story of lust, avarice, treachery … and love. Simon Gammell picks his way through the carnage to illustrate why many consider this to be Shakespeare’s greatest play.

Suggested donation: 5 euro


20:00 - Film

Screening of the 2008 special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright's most enduring and haunting works.

Suggested donation: 5 euro


Thursday 16 April

15:00 - Public Reading of King Lear Act I&II
Public reading of Act I&II in the play King Lear open to schools, members and non-members. While we read primarily in English, readers are welcome to read aloud in other languages. 

Free to all


17:00 -  Afternoon Tea and Music 

Music and poetry in Renaissance England 

Lute player Marzio Matteoli presents a repertoire of Elizabethan music alternated with readings in English and Italian of sonnets by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Free to all


19:00 -  Film

Screening of Kurosawa’s second encounter with Shakespeare during his filmmaking career.

Suggested donation: 5 euro


Friday 17 April

9:15-17:15 - The IASEMS Graduate Conference at the British Institute of Florence “Infection and Toxicity in Early Modern English literature and culture"                         

This year’s conferenceexplores the ways in which ideas and paradigms related to infection and toxicity function at a material and a metaphorical level in early modern linguistic, literary and cultural production.The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one day interdisciplinary and bilingual English Italian forum led by to PhD students and researchers.

Free to all


The British Institute of Florence Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9 Firenze 50125 (0039) 055 2677 8270 /,