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A review by Mary Couzens for EXTRA! EXTRA!



Globe to Globe


Roy - e - Sabs, Afghanistan

Photo by Kate Brooks

The Comedy of Errors will be performed in Dari Persian by Roy - e - Sabs as part of the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare's Globe, London

The six week Globe to Globe Festival begins on April 23, 2012


Globe to Globe, the ambitious new project at Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside, featuring 37 different international companies presenting 37 different Shakespearean productions in as many languages, will spring into kaleidoscopic life on April 23rd, 2012, Shakespeare’s 455th birthday, and continue for sixty days thereafter, marking an auspicious start to the Globe’s 2012, Olympic year season.

This imaginative project, spear-headed by the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Dominic Dromgoole is an unprecedented undertaking designed to challenge the way in which Shakespearean theatre is seen, and the very thought of it inspires great curiosity, which could only be quelled by going.

Productions will range from the ridiculous to the sublime and the artful to the politically charged and be staged by companies from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Palestine to rising world power China and the world’s youngest country – South Sudan. Lovers of all things Balkan will no doubt be intrigued at the prospect of a new three part Henry VI from Serbia, Albania and Macedonia. And we were delighted to see that the magical Korean production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Yohangza Theatre Company we’d so enjoyed at the Barbican a few years ago, will be back, at Shakespeare’s Globe. But perhaps the most challenging production for some will be from right here in London, as Deafinitely Theatre presents the first Shakespearean play ever to be performed entirely in British Sign Language.

For a complete listing of all of the information relating to far-reaching Globe to Globe, check this link:

Pricing for the tickets will be as usual, but with Olympian differences, i.e. those wishing to take in all of the shows would be able to do so for the unusually reasonable sum of 100.00 in total, providing they are happy to do so among the goodly mix of international theatre-goers in the yard, and there will be various other ticketing schemes, designed to coincide with the Olympic theme and loosen purse-strings.

While you’re at it, you might want to book your tickets for next year’s season of plays at Shakespeare’s Globe, which will follow on from Globe to Globe. Public booking opens October 17th.  http://globetoglobe.shakespearesglobe.com/tickets

In 2012, the public open day at Shakespeare’s Globe on the Bard’s birthday – April 23rd, opening day of Globe to Globe, will be dedicated to world languages as well as his works.


Independence Celebrations in South Sudan - July 2011
Cymbelline will be performed in Juba Arabic by the South Sudan Theatre Company as part of the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare's Globe, London


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