The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0979  Thursday, 2 November 2006

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 01 Nov 2006 23:07:26 -0800
Subject: 	The Multilanguage Dream

Shakespeare classic in seven languages
**Mark Brown, arts correspondent
The Guardian, Wednesday November 1, 2006,,1936139,00.html

It had reviews to kill for and was hailed as one of the greatest 
productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. But with only 12 performances 
in the UK, the question was always, will it be seen again? Today it will 
be announced that Tim Supple's Indian production of Shakespeare's play, 
performed in seven languages with only about half in English, will 
indeed be performed again - at the restored Roundhouse in north London 
before going on a national tour.

The Guardian's Michael Billington called it the most life-enhancing 
production of Shakespeare's play since Peter Brook's (a landmark 1970 
Royal Shakespeare Company production), while the Daily Telegraph 
predicted it would be talked about for decades. Those plaudits were 
repeated elsewhere. The evolution of the production was in some ways as 
remarkable as its execution. Supple was first commissioned by the 
British Council in India and Sri Lanka to create a theatre production to 

After a year travelling India the director brought together 23 dancers, 
musicians, actors and performers for a seven-week rehearsal period to 
create a production performed in English, Tamil, Bengali, Hindi, 
Malaysian, Sinhalese, Marathi and a little Sanskrit. The designers, 
composers and production team were also found in the subcontinent.

Supple said: "This production arose from the extraordinary artistry and 
range of contemporary Indian theatre. Only in India does one find 
2,000-year-old traditions alive alongside an entirely modern approach to 

The original cast has been reassembled and it will play at the 
Roundhouse for six weeks from March 8 before touring the UK at venues to 
be announced. It will then play cities in India before a world tour. 
Supple said the themes of A Midsummer Night's Dream - myth and urban 
reality, the supernatural and spiritual, the trials of lovers and 
struggles of workers - were all "thrillingly alive in India and Indian 
theatre today."

*Related reviews*
09.06.2006: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swan, Stratford 

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