Last month the World Shakespeare Festival opened in Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a summer-long celebration which will include performances from across the global, in nearly 50 languages.
As its contribution to the festival, the Globe Theatre will be putting on Globe to Globe. The extravaganza contains nearly every play in Shakespeare’s repertoire with theatre companies from over 35 countries who will work in 37 languages. For example, King John will be performed in Armenian and Coriolanus in Japanese.
As one can imagine, the logistics of putting on such an event have been a lot of hard work. In addition to the language and cultural barriers, the actors must get used to performing on an Elizabethan-style stage with no scenery and few props, in the open air.
To go with the Olympic theme that has taken over London this summer, the Globe is offering “athletic” tickets to the performances. There will be special prices for anyone who can complete a biathlon, triathlon, pentathlon, heptathlon, decathlon or marathon (26 performances)!