The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.124  Wednesday, 21 March 2012


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

Date:         March 21, 2012 5:50:51 AM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare in London


Fans of the recently successful ‘wordless’ production of Macbeth in Washington may be interested in the announcement that, as part of Olympic Games celebrations in London, there will also be a ‘Cultural Olympiad’ festival featuring a ‘Globe to Globe’ aspect of the World Shakespeare Festival (The Guardian, 21 March 2012, p. 22). It is promised that 37 companies from all over the world will perform one of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theatre using languages ranging from Armenian to Urdu. South Sudan have indicated that they plan to perform Cymbeline in Juba Arabic. There will also, apparently, be performances in British Sign Language.  Nobody has yet suggested that a play might be offered (an idea of the TV show Monty Python’ s Flying Circus)  by means of Semaphore.


T. Hawkes


[Editor’s Note: The series begins on April 21st with Venus and Adonis in five different South African languages—Liyure, Zothando, Zibonakala, Zimfutshane, and Nangona Ziinde—and concludes on May 20 with Romeo and Juliet in Brazilian Portuguese: 




I received an e-mail from the Globe, urging me “To see it differently”—an advertisement for The Merry Wives of Windsor in Swahili on April 25 and 26.


For gamblers, there is a slot-machine-like “shuffler,” which even has a random choice lever to pull for the truly indecisive:




I’ve decided to pass on spending time in London this summer during my biennial trip to the UK. –Hardy]


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