In present-day Italy, the only yearly recurring series of theatrical performances devoted to Shakespeare and held within a dedicated venue are Verona’s Festival, which has been running since 1948, and the summer season of a Globe replica in Rome, the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, founded in 2003. Both events happen in two places that Shakespeare himself often chose as a backdrop for his plays. As we will argue, the two events entertain a privileged, if different, dialogue with the cities that host them: while Verona’s can be defined as a proper festival, Rome’s falls within the category of festivalized theatrical events, that is, events that though not self-labelled as festivals present the characteristics of one.
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