|Shakespeare in Venice at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer|
(Venice, Italy) William Shakespeare, the world's most famous English playwright, set one third of his plays in Italy. This rich exotic backdrop allowed him the freedom to tackle difficult subjects that might have been taboo on his native soil.
On Friday evening, November 9, I was a guest at the magnificent 14th century hall of Palazzo Dandolo, home of Hotel Danieli, and the stage for Shakespeare in Venice, a Journey through Shakespeare's Work
s, a condensed, contemporary version of five of the Bard's plays set in the Veneto.
|The Merchant of Venice at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer|
The quirky production, directed by Lorenzo Maragoni, whizzed through Romeo & Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello
and The Merchant of Venice
in about an hour with two young actors, Giulia Briata and Josh Lonsdale playing all the parts. They were accompanied by Giorgio Gobbo on guitar, who tossed the audience into a farcical key by singing the Beatles' Here Comes the Sun
in falsetto when morning dawns and Romeo must flee Juliet's room after their wedding night.
Josh Lonsdale is not only an actor; the 26-year-old Brit also wrote the text. One of the best bits was when Juliet, about to drink the poison, sends Romeo a text message complete with emojis (smiley face, kiss, kiss) warning him that she is not dead, and not to overreact. Unfortunately, Romeo has forgotten his phone, and does not get the message...
|Cocktail dinner at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer|
After the performance, guests were treated to a cocktail dinner created by Chef Alberto Fol featuring food inspired by Shakespeare in Venice
with tasty morsels like Insalata di latti di seppia con sedano e olive, Gallina Padovana con saor di cipolla, Zuppetta di pesci dell'Adriatico
and Anatra arrostita alle spezi Orientali con salsa Peverada
on the menu.
Shakespeare in Venice
|Dessert table at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer|
is part of a collaboration between the Hotel Danieli, the Teatro Stabile del Veneto and the Chamber of Commerce of Venice and Rovigo, a cultural project whose aim is to promote Venice's uniqueness and cultural and artistic heritage through Shakespearean theatre and Post WWII nonconformist literature. Next up on December 11 is Art/Beat - from Beat Generation to Contemporary Art
, a commemoration, in English, inspired by the term "beat" coined by Jack Kerouac 70 years ago, and performed by two actors and two musicians.
For reservations contact:
- Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, part of Marriott International - Tel. 041 782714
- E-mail: [email protected]
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog