Karma Group is sponsoring a once-in-a-lifetime live reading of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, with a cast including Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren, Adjoa Andoh, Jessie Buckley, Dominic West, Stephen Dillane, Rupert Everett, Ian McDiarmid, Tim McInnerny and John Nettles.
Taking place in Florence, Italy at Cinema la Compagnia over 24 hours from 19:00 (Italy time) on 13th September 2021 until 19:00 (Italy) on 14th September 2021 and streamed online worldwide, the live reading of The Divine Comedy will mark the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death and all proceeds will be entirely donated to the Community of Sant’Egidio in Florence which deals with the reception of migrants and refugees.
Filmed contributions from Adjoa Andoh, Jessie Buckley, Janie Dee, Stephen Dillane, Rupert Everett, Ralph Fiennes, Kate Fleetwood, Janet Henfrey, Ian McDiarmid, Guy Masterson-Mastroianni, Tim
McInnery, Helen Mirren, John Nettles, Dominic West and Brigid Zengeni will be combined with readings from live actors on stage in Florence including Janice Acquah, Eleanor Butcher, Justin Butcher, Mary Chater, Clara Francesca, Andrew Harrison, Rupert Mason, Jan Noble, Amaka Okafor and Kenneth Omole
This is the first time Dante’s astonishing legacy and his poem’s enduring power have been celebrated with a 24-hour marathon live reading in Florence of the whole of the Divine Comedy in the acclaimed English translation by Robert & Jean Hollander. Curated by Milan theatre producer Julia Holden, in collaboration with award-winning UK playwright Justin Butcher.
John Spence, Chairman & Founder of Karma Group which includes the exquisite Karma Borgo di Colleoli in the heart of Tuscany, commented “Florence plays host to a once in a lifetime production which Karma Group, a brand with continued commitment to philanthropy – and to world class entertainment, is proud to sponsor. This real world meets virtual production is a momentous cultural event and in aid of a charity doing vital work for refugees, an experience Dante himself encountered during his lifetime
Online streaming is available live and until 24th September: https://www.mymovies.it/ondemand/piucompagnia/movie/9278-speaking-dante/