News Published 27 September 2011

Launch of Globe to Globe Festival

Shakespeare’s plays to be performed in 37 different languages.

Natasha Tripney

The Globe has announced the full line up for next year’s Globe to Globe season, an ambitious international event which will see 37 companies from around the world present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. The six week event, which is being overseen by Tom Bird, will open on Shakespeare’s birthday on 23 April and will be part of both the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the RSC’s World Shakespeare Festival.

The season will feature contributions from the  Isango Ensemble from South Africa, who will be presenting an adaptation of Venus and Adonis; a Balkan Trilogy based on Henry IV and performed by theatre companies from Serbia, Albania and Macedonia; a production of Troilus and Cressida by the New Zealand company Ngākau Toa which will be performed in Maori; a British sign language production of Love’s Labour’s Lost by Deafinitely Theatre and a production of Cymbeline by a company from South Sudan.

The National Theatre of China will present a production of Richard III and The Merchant of Venice will be presented in Hebrew by Israeli National Theatre company Habima; this will be the first ever visit to the United Kingdom for both companies. Belarus Free Theatre, who recently made their Edinburgh Fringe debut, will be presenting their version of King Lear.

Each of the productions in the Globe to Globe festival will be performed twice, with surtitles. Tickets will be available from October 2011. For more information visit the Globe website.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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