The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.131  Friday, 23 March 2012


From:        John Drakakis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 22, 2012 11:14:48 AM EDT

Subject:     RE: SHAKSPER: London


Terence Hawkes notes a forthcoming performance at the New Globe theatre of Cymbeline in Juba Arabic, but regrets the absence of one in semaphore. Presumably performances in Welsh or Gaelic would be beyond the pale since they would undermine any message of world unity that this curious venture appears designed send.  Political correctness goes only so far.


But is there, perhaps a more serious point to be made. Why the performances of Shakespeare in 37 languages in a space that claims to be quintessentially ‘English’ (even though it is not exactly on the true site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)?  Or is this back-door imperialism, the hubristic last gasp of a Tory minority government trying to stake its claim to universalism in the wake of the imminent break-up of the ‘united kingdom’?  It seems that we are not ‘all in it together’ after all. 


Just a thought,

John Drakakis 

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