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world shakespeare festival

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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