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Tackling vital issues of politics, identity and experience in performance, this book asks what Shakespeare's plays mean when extended beyond the English language. From April to June 2012 the Globe to Globe Festival offered the unprecedented opportunity to see all of Shakespeare's plays performed in many different world languages. Thirty-eight productions from around the globe were presented in six weeks as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which formed a cornerstone of the Cultural Olympics. This book provides the only complete critical record of that event, drawing together an internationally renowned group of scholars of Shakespeare and world theatre with a selection of the UK's most celebrated Shakespearean actors. Featuring a foreword by Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and an interview with the Festival Director Tom Bird, this volume highlights the energy and dedication that was necessary to mount this extraordinary cultural experiment.

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'With a foreword by the Globe's artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole, a chapter by Globe to Globe director Tom Bird, generous endnotes for the essays, a performance calendar (noting language, company size, and other data), 23 halftones and 16 colour plates, the book serves as both a flavourful impression and a complete documentary record of the 'big, simple, stupid idea' (as the editors describe it in their introduction) that piqued audiences with political and gender issues and at the same time exhilarated them as well as the performers.'

Source: Choice

'Of lasting use to anyone interested in Shakespeare our contemporary.'

Source: The Times Literary Supplement

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