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Globe announces multilingual Shakespeare season for 2012

  • Date: 28 September 2011
  • Area: National

The works of William Shakespeare will be performed in a wide range of languages to celebrate the London 2012 Games.

All of Shakespeare's plays will be acted out in languages including: Maori, Bangla, Arabic and Korean as part of the unique six-week theatre season at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in the capital.

A number of different theatre companies from around the world will perform the 37 plays and one poem at the Globe to Globe season, which has also been timed to coincide with Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April.

The National Theatre of China will perform for the first time in the UK, acting out Richard III in Mandarin, while performers from the world's youngest nation - South Sudan - will also take a starring role, recreating the play Cymbeline in Juba Arabic. Other performances include Love's Labour's Lost in British sign language and Henry V in English.

Shakespeare's Globe Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole said: 'It is particularly appropriate because it is very inclusive. It tries to celebrate internationalism and conversation between people of different nationalities.'

More about London 2012

Arts Council England is a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad, the arts festival designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Find out more on our 2012 pages