22 Jan 2011

International season of Shakespeare in 2012

12:28 pm on 22 January 2011

Shakespeare's immortal lines, 'all the world's a stage', will be put into practice at the Globe Theatre in London next year.

Each of the bard's 38 plays will be performed in a different language as part of a unique theatre season to mark the 2012 Olympic Games.

Stagings of Julius Caesar in Italian, Troilus and Cressida in Maori and The Tempest in Arabic will form part of the season at the Globe.

The BBC reports Lithuanian, Spanish and Greek are among the other languages that will feature.

The six-week theatre season will start on 23 April - the Bard's birthday.

Artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said Shakespeare has become an "international language".

"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."

Visitors to the theatre on the South Bank will be able to see The Taming of the Shrew in Urdu, King Lear in Australian Aboriginal languages and Titus Andronicus in Cantonese.

Companies from around the world will participate in the season, described as "the most ambitious multilingual Shakespeare project ever attempted".

Jacobean theatre

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

Construction work is intended to begin next year within the shell that already exists on the Globe site.