Shakespeare's Globe to host international programme in 2012
21st January 2011
An unprecedented programme will see all of William Shakespeare's plays presented in a different language, Shakespeare's Globe has announced.
The theatre unveiled the plans as part of its celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, revealing that the performances will be staged by 38 international drama companies.
Starting on April 23rd 2012 - the anniversary of the Bard's birth and death - the six-week programme will commence with Shakespeare's Globe staging the first production, before the remaining 37 plays are performed by the guest theatre troupes.
Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, pointed out that the playwright's catalogue has been translated into all of the world's major living languages and there is a longstanding tradition of the plays being performed in the audience's own tongue.
'It has long been recognised that Shakespeare, as well as a great playwright, has become an international language and has proved one of the most life-affirming and barrier transcending ways that people can speak to one another,' he added.
On June 29th last year, Shakespeare's Globe marked the anniversary of the first Globe's destruction in 1613 by performing Henry VIII - the play responsible for causing the fire that engulfed the building.