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IT ALL STARTED WITH OUR FOUNDER’S LIFELONG PASSION FOR THE PLAYS AND POETRY OF SHAKESPEARE.

HEAD OF KNAVES DRAMA SCHOOL, JASON THOMAS HAD A DREAM OF MAKING A PREMIUM GIN WITH A STORY THAT EVERYONE COULD ENJOY.

A GIN SO ALIVE WITH NEW TASTES, RICH WITH STORY AND CHARACTER THAT WOULD DELIGHT — JUST LIKE THE BEST OF THE BARD.

QVARTO IS THAT GIN.
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SHAKESPEARE INSPIRES AND DELIGHTS. I WANTED TO CREATE A GIN THAT DOES THE SAME. THAT’S HOW QVARTO STARTED. IT WAS ALL ABOUT JOY, AND INSPIRATION WITH A TOUCH OF MAGIC.

JASON THOMAS

TEACHER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, FOUNDER — QVARTO AND KNAVES DRAMA SCHOOL

JASON THOMAS —
A LIFE IN SHAKESPEARE

Jason Thomas is the inspiration behind both QVARTO and the renowned Hampstead-based Shakespeare themed Drama School for children and teenagers, KNAVES. 
  
A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Guildford School of Acting and previously Head of Drama at a leading independent school, Jason now inspires generations of young actors to embrace their best selves through a love of performance and a passion for Shakespeare at KNAVES. 

WHY ‘QVARTO’?

We’re glad you asked! From Princes to Paupers, Poets to Peddlers — Shakespeare wrote for Everyone. We love that!

In his packed playhouses Coopers and Carters would rub shoulders with Court insiders and bejeweled Aristocrats. On the page too he mixed Poetry and Prose, popularised stories previously known only to the privileged, and blended High Art and Belly Laughs into a potent Brew that Delighted us all.

The first affordable books of his Plays published in his Lifetime were in QUARTO form — small, affordable paperbacks quite unlike the heavy, expensive, bound Folio versions published after his Death (which seemed more designed to look impressive on Bookshelves.)

That’s why we chose QVARTO as our name - like the first Quartos, we too want to make the Quality and Genius of Shakespeare’s spirit universally available to Everyone. (Cheers.)

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THE JOY OF GIN, THE SPIRIT OF SHAKESPEARE. I KEPT THINKING — WHAT A FANTASTIC PLAY THAT WOULD MAKE...

JASON THOMAS

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