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Shakespeare’s Globe to Globe Festival on Screen 1 Collection

In 2012, in conjunction with the London Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad and the World Shakespeare Festival, the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe hosted the massively successful Globe to Globe Festival. The event saw companies from across the world perform at Shakespeare’s Globe in 30+ languages over six weeks.

Now, you can watch 10 of these performances on Drama Online! The Shakespeare’s Globe to Globe Festival on Screen 1 Collection will support the study of Shakespeare’s plays, especially in the following areas:

– Global performance

– Intercultural production

– Interpretation and reception

– Themes such as gender across global cultures

All films have audio in their original language, accompanied by fully translated English subtitles.

Further collections will be launching from 2023 onwards, eventually offering access to all 30 performances.

photos from three productions included in the collection

The collection includes:

Antony and Cleopatra(Language: Turkish)
From pioneering company Oyun Atölyesi, this production features Instanbul star of stage and screen Haluk Balinger in the role of Antony and actress and painter Zerrin Tekindor as Cleopatra.

Coriolanus(Language: Japanese)
This renowned Kyoto company works under one of Japan’s most imaginative artists, Motoi Miura. This company produces an expressive theatre rooted in the exploration of words, sound and the human body.

Hamlet(Language: Lithuanian)
Lithuanian director Eimuntas Nekrošius’ Hamlet has toured the world. Nekrošius’ work engages with the sheer diversity of human nature, at once funny and violent, visceral and light-hearted.

Henry VIII(Language: Castilian Spanish)
In 1533, the Spanish were enraged by Catherine of Aragon’s divorce from Henry VIII. Now four hundred years later, Rakata, Madrid’s premier young classical company, re-imagine this Shakespeare play from a Spanish perspective.

The Merchant of Venice(Language: Hebrew)
The Habima is the centre of Hebrew-language theatre worldwide. Founded in Moscow after the 1905 revolution, the company toured the world before eventually settling in Tel Aviv in the late 1920s. Since 1958, they have been recognised as the national theatre of Israel.

Much Ado About Nothing(Language: French)
The Theatre de la Tempete is Clément Poirée’s Hypermobile company, one of the principal groups that give this theatre its impressive reputation. This bittersweet performance is set amid the hypertension of an Italian restaurant.

Richard II(Language: Palestinian Arabic)
Ashtar is a dynamic Palestinian theatre company founded in Jerusalem in 1991. In 2010 they performed The Gaza Monologues, stories told by the young people of Gaza through a project involving 44 theatre groups from around the world. Ashtar brings its direct storytelling style to Shakespeare’s masterpiece of dislocation.

The Tempest(Language: Bangla)
As well as pioneering new Bangladeshi drama, the Dhaka Theatre, Bangladesh’s most prominent theatre group, has staged The Merchant of Venice and Brecht’s The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui. Often called Bengali, Bangla is one of London’s most widely spoken languages.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona(Language: Shona, a language of Zimbabwe)
A two-man Zimbabwean riot of love, friendship and betrayal. From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, Valentine and Proteus vie for the love of the same woman. In an energetic ‘township’ style, Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu slip into all of the play’s 15 characters.

The Winter’s Tale(Language: Yoruba, spoken in West Africa, primarily in Nigeria)
The Renegade Theatre initiated the Theatre@Terra project in 2007, where plays were produced twice every Sunday in Lagos without interruption for over 3 years – a feat unparalleled in modern Nigeria. Yoruba folk tales inform this magical new production.


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