Speaking Dante : Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes and Rupert Everett!

Put September 13th and 14th in your diary! Karma Group is a proud co-sponsor of the once-in-a-lifetime live reading of Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’ that features a cast including Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren, Adjoa Andoh, Jessie Buckley, Dominic West, Stephen Dillane, Rupert Everett, Ian McDiarmid, Tim McInnerny and John Nettles.

Rupert Everett
Hellen Mirren
Ralf Fiennes

Taking place in Florence, Italy at Cinema la Compagnia over 24 hours 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. Live on stage in Florence will be Janice Acquah, Eleanor Butcher, Justin Butcher, Mary Chater, Clara Francesca, Andrew Harrison, Rupert Mason, Jan Noble, Amaka Okafor and Kenneth Omole.

Janice Aquah
Rupert Mason
Amaka Okafor

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. It is curated by Milan theatre producer Julia Holden, in collaboration with award-winning UK playwright Justin Butcher.

Says Justin Butcher: ‘We are thrilled that Karma Group has come on board as a sponsor of this very special performance of Dante’s timeless classic The Divine Comedy, in line with their continued commitment to world class entertainment – and to philanthropy.’

Adds John Spence, Chairman and Founder of Karma Group: ‘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.’Speaking Dante will live-streamed over 24 hours from 19:00 (Italy time) on 13th September 2021 until 19:00 (Italy) on 14th September 2021. As well, there will be a live event hosted at Karma Sanctum Soho, London – for those of you who can make it then please join us.

Tickets are available from the Cinema la Compagnia box office, or online


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