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Theatre: The Best of 2012

Matt Wolf

For much of 2012, London theatre seemed to celebrate the playhouse as much as the play, turning certain venues into essential destinations. I'm thinking, of course, of Shakespeare's Globe, whose...

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Globe to Globe: Henry V, Shakespeare's Globe

Demetrios Matheou

Henry V is a play with so many layers, and such ambivalence, that it can suit a multitude of purposes. When Laurence Olivier made his film version in 1944, it was as a propagandist rallying cry, a...

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How Globe to Globe Staged the World

Tom Bird

Over the past six weeks, we at the Globe have put on a festival called Globe to Globe. The concept (an idea of Dominic Dromgoole’s) was always very simple to explain: all of Shakespeare’s plays, each...

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Globe to Globe: Hamlet, Shakespeare's Globe

Jasper Rees

We’re fresh out of superlatives. The Globe to Globe season has put a girdle around the earth in 37 languages, and the visiting companies have now left the building. You have to high-five the Globe’s...

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Globe to Globe: Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe

Matt Wolf

Productions at the life-changing Globe to Globe sequence of international takes on the Bard have had numerous points of origin, from shows conceived directly for the event to reprises of stagings...

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Globe to Globe: Timon of Athens, Shakespeare's Globe

David Nice

Diamonds one day, stones the next: compulsive giver Timon’s swift descent into raving misanthropy would be better packed into a gritty pop ballad than a full-length play. Still, Shakespeare just...

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Globe to Globe: The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Globe

Demetrios Matheou

The Comedy of Errors may not be one of Shakespeare’s most notable plays, yet this production embodied the essence of the Globe to Globe season. While the play was lent new kinds of hilarity and...

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Globe to Globe: Henry VIII, Shakespeare's Globe

Matt Wolf

Now here's a surprise. In English, Henry VIII gets dismissed as a Shakespearean dud (well, let's apportion the blame as well to the play's generally acknowledged co-author, John Fletcher), its karma...

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Globe to Globe: Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's Globe

Fisun Güner

As soon as the two leads entered you were left in no doubt that you were in the presence of stars, at least in their native Turkey: thunderous applause, cheers and whistles greeted Haluk Bilginer as...

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Globe to Globe: The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare's Globe

Josh Spero

There's a good deal of irony in the most controversial production of the Globe to Globe season turning out to be one of the least interesting. The Merchant of Venice was performed by Israel's Habima...

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Globe to Globe: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's Globe

Matt Wolf

The battle of the sexes took on a bright and breezy tone in Pakistan's contribution to the Globe's ongoing Bardathon, the Theatre Wallay-Kashf's rumbustious production of The Taming of the Shrew. It'...

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Globe to Globe: The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's Globe

Mark Hudson

The Winter’s Tale may not be one of the best loved of Shakespeare’s plays – not quite a comedy, not quite a full-blown drama – but the Globe was packed on the hottest night of the year for this...

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Globe to Globe: All's Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare's Globe

Matt Wolf

It's both easy and fashionable to render ironic, or scoff at, the title of All's Well That Ends Well. This is the Shakespeare "comedy" in which the rabidly obsessed Helena finally ensnares her none-...

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Globe to Globe: Coriolanus, Shakespeare's Globe

Angie Errigo

Had one listened to the Chiten company from Kyoto performing Coriolanus with one’s eyes closed, it would have seemed as if the stage were teeming with performers. And without understanding...

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Globe to Globe: Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare's Globe

Charlie Swinbourne

"37 Plays. 37 Languages." This is the tagline for the Globe Theatre's Globe to Globe season, hosting theatre companies from every corner of the world. The season may be international in outlook, yet...

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Globe to Globe: As You Like It, Shakespeare's Globe

Tom Birchenough

In the Globe to Globe season, the Caucasus is proving as fruitful a ground as any for new views on old texts. Georgia’s Marjanishvili company, under director Levan Tsuladze, proved the region has a...

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Globe to Globe: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe

Fisun Güner

The Globe to Globe season has enjoyed tremendous goodwill from audiences and critics alike. And this has been largely repaid, for it’s been a joy and a wonder to learn just how much contemporary...

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Globe to Globe: King Lear, Shakespeare's Globe

Josh Spero

Like a post-Soviet Oedipal X-Factor, the Belarus Free Theatre on Friday night gave one of the greatest productions of King Lear London has ever seen. Forget our local Lears, with naked theatrical...

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Globe to Globe: King John, Shakespeare's Globe

Tom Birchenough

You might have wondered if, when Armenia was offered King John as part of the Globe to Globe season, they felt they’d drawn the short straw. Not a bit of it. Shakespeare’s early history play, the...

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Globe to Globe: Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Shakespeare's Globe

Carmel Doohan

The two parts of Henry IV parts 1 and 2 are very macho plays. Men drink, tell rude jokes, strut and lie their way into power and influence. In Globe to Globe's Latin American takes on the Bard, some...

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Globe to Globe: Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, Shakespeare's Globe

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

There was always going to be one Borat moment in this festival. And it came courtesy of the Albanians, who, for comic effect, in the middle of their Henry VI, Part 2 indulged in the gratuitous...

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Globe to Globe: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's Globe

Jasper Rees

The concept sounds like something dreamed up towards the bottom of a bottle in a Harare shebeen: Two Gentlemen of Verona performed by two gentlemen in Shona. But if any of the plays can withstand the...

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Globe to Globe: The Tempest, Shakespeare's Globe

Peter Culshaw

This music crept by me on the waters. Bangladesh’s Dhaka Theatre’s version of The Tempest took the musical route, and why not? It was always Shakespeare’s most musical play (with extant music for “...

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Globe to Globe: Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's Globe

Josh Spero

The demands of Titus Andronicus are probably at odds with the constraints of the Globe to Globe season: a travelling troupe would find it hard to get 80 gallons of fake blood through Customs. Nor are...

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Globe to Globe: Othello, Shakespeare's Globe

Joe Muggs

The masterstroke of this take on Othello was to draw its focus away from race. It might seem odd to say that of a production in the rhyming vernacular of hip hop in which the Moor was African-...

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Globe to Globe: Richard II, Shakespeare's Globe

Fisun Güner

Mention that a Palestinian theatre company are performing Richard II and the play’s  themes are immediately thrown into sharp relief: usurpation, homeland and banishment, and the idea of a...

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Globe to Globe: Cymbeline, Shakespeare's Globe

ASH Smyth

This retelling of the Cymbeline story opened – or at least appeared to open – with the entire cast contributing their tuppenceworth on the issue of what the story of Cymbeline actually was. And fair...

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Globe to Globe: Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's Globe

William Ward

There has long been a conviction in Italian drama circles that there exists a “Special Relationship” between themselves and il Bardo di Stratford: something to do with the complexities of Elizabethan...

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Globe to Globe: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe

Alexandra Coghlan

A comedy of alienation, estrangement, and magical metamorphosis – if ever there was a Shakespeare play made for the linguistic transfigurations of the Globe to Globe season it’s A Midsummer Night’s...

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Globe to Globe: Richard III, Shakespeare's Globe

Angie Errigo

When Zhang Dongyu’s charismatic Richard III rose from the dead to take his bows for Sunday’s spellbinding afternoon performance by the National Theatre of China, the actor paused, remaining on his...

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Globe to Globe: Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe

David Nice

The rain it raineth every day this week, sometimes with monsoon-like persistence. Yet there’s no dousing the ardour of groundlings and thespian visitors to the global Shakespeare village within the...

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Globe to Globe: Pericles, Shakespeare's Globe

Jasper Rees

Something extraordinary is happening at Shakespeare’s Globe. However unlikely the appeal, audiences are flocking to every one of Globe to Globe’s visiting productions. But sometimes logic surely...

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