Magazine article English Drama Media

World Shakespeare Festival

Magazine article English Drama Media

World Shakespeare Festival

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As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe are leading a World Shakespeare Festival which will take place around the country between April and September. It will coincide with a major British Museum exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World. With a focus on international and multi-cultural perspectives, the festival will include two RSC series, What Country Friends Is This? and Nations at War. The former includes Shakespeare plays about journeying and migration (The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Pericles), whilst the latter includes Richard III and King John, as well as a production with the National Theatre of Mexico (A Soldier in Every Son - the Aztec Trilogy).

Further international perspectives are brought by The Iraqi Theatre Company (Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad), the Brazilian Companhia Bufomecanica (Two Roses for Richard III), and the Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Midsummer Night's Dream), as well as by RSC productions of Julius Caesar (set in Africa) and Much Ado About Nothing (set in India). …

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