Shakespeare Week 2019

9-12 Aprile 2019

From 9 to 12 April we celebrate William Shakespeare with a week of cultural events.

The theme of this year’s week is Julius Caesar 


Tuesday 9 April

15:00   Film

Julius Caesar, 1953, 121 min., directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (with English subtitles).

An epic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play. The film stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O'Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and Deborah Kerr as Portia.

Wednesday 10 April

Cultural Programme

18:00 Lecture in English

Simon Gammell, Killing Caesar
Simon Gammell is the Director of The British Institute of Florence. He studied History and English at Cambridge before training as a teacher at the University of London. Soon after graduating, he moved to Florence and taught at the British Institute for two years. During that time he established an Anglo-Italian theatre group in Florence, before returning to the UK to train and work as a Theatre Director for a number of years.

Thanks to our burgeoning partnership with Cultural Salon Firenze, the wine after the talk on Wednesday 10th will be another special tasting courtesy of Enoteca Millesimi - all done with a surprise Shakespearean twist. With the Taviani brothers remarkable Cesare deve Morire to be screened afterwards, this will be a bumper night to remember.

20:00 Film

Cesare deve morire, 2012, 74 min., directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (with English subtitles).

Thursday 11 April

14:30 Public Reading of Act Three in the play Julius Caesar
Public reading of Act III in the play Julius Caesar open to schools and Library members. While we read primarily in English, readers are welcome to read aloud in other languages.

17:00 Afternoon Tea in the Harold Acton Library

Friday 12 April

9:15-17:15 The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence                                                                                                                            

Enter the Crowd
This year’s conference focuses on the theme of Mass Communication in Early Modern England. The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one day interdisciplinary and bilingual English Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers.
Full programme here:




Art exhibition

Students in grade 7 and 8 from the International School of Florence will be producing artwork inspired by scenes and characters from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with a modern art twist. The work will be exhibited in the British Institute library during Shakespeare Week.


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

Membership of the Harold Acton Library is required for the events on Wednesday 10 April.