Multilingual Shakespeare season planned for London Olympics

Each of William Shakespeare’s 38 plays is to be performed in a different language to mark the 2012 London Olympics, BBC informs. Stagings of “Julius Caesar” in Italian, “Troilus and Cressida” in Maori and “The Tempest” in Arabic will form part of the season at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Lithuanian, Spanish and Greek are among the other languages that will feature. The six-week event will start on 23 April – the Bard’s birthday. “It has long been recognised that Shakespeare, as well as a great playwright, has become an international language,” said Dominic Dromgoole, the Globe’s artistic director, quoted by BBC. “We want to celebrate this international affection by welcoming Shakes­peare enthusiasts – producers, performers and audiences – to experience his work in their own languages and dialects.”

Companies from around the world will participate in the season, described as “the most ambitious multilingual Shakespeare project ever attempted”. Meanwhile, the Globe has confirmed it is to move forward with the completion of an indoor Jacobean theatre beside its existing open-air playhouse.

The auditorium will be the most complete recreation of an English Renaissance indoor theatre yet attempted.

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