Globe to Globe is part of The World Shakespeare Festival celebrating Shakespeare as the world’s playwright.
Beginning on 21 April 2012, the Globe is proud to present an unprecedented programme of multi-lingual Shakespeare productions as part of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for the London 2012 festival. Revelling in the vast array of communities and languages that make-up London's vibrant cultural landscape, 37 international companies will present every one of Shakespeare's plays in a different language over six weeks.
Troilus & Cressida (23rd & 24th April)
The dramatic festivities open with the group who have travelled furthest. Rawiri Paratene (star of Whale Rider) has assembled New Zealand's best Maori actors for a production of Troilus and Cressida. In an exquisite translation by Te Haumiata Mason, the production will incorporate many aspects of Maori culture; the haka (warrior dance) and waiata (song), especially created by the best composers and choreographers of Aotearoa. Ti hei mauriora!
Cymbeline (2nd & 3rd May)
In July 2011, after more than 50 years of violent struggle, the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country. The South Sudan Theatre Company’s Cymbeline, the first ever adaptation of Shakespeare into Juba Arabic, draws on the performance traditions of the horn of Africa. Led by the renowned writer Taban Lo Liyong, the adaptation draws on local accents, modern slang and myth, to create a show that resonates with contemporary life and politics in South Sudan.
The Taming of the Shrew (25th & 26th May)
Theatre Wallay - KASHF presents a new production of The Taming of the Shrew, starring the Lahore screen and stage star Nadia Jamil as Katherine. Rich in colour and energy, the production explores the difficulties encountered by modern Pakistani women. With live singers and musicians, a thrilling bhangra jig rounds off this uplifting version of the first romcom.