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Shakespeare's works staged in foreign languages

04-26-2012 14:41 BJT

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For those looking for a more dramatic show, a new festival in Britain is celebrating William Shakespeare's birthday with performances of the Elizabethan playwright’s works in 37 different languages.

The Globe to Globe festival, launched on Monday, marks Shakespeare’s 448th birthday. Actors from around the world will interpret his plays at London’s Globe Theatre for the next six weeks.

The festival opened with the plays Troilus and Cressida, performed in the Maori language by the Ngakau Toa theatre company from New Zealand.

Dominic Dromgoole, the artistic director at the Globe Theatre, said that seeing Shakespeare’s works in foreign languages stripped down the plays to their basic parts.

Dominic Dromgoole says, "I think in a way it’s like X-raying Shakespeare, seeing it in a foreign language. So you’re not looking at all the flesh and you’re not looking at all the details, you’re looking at the bones of it, the skeleton of it, so what you see very very clearly is the story, you see the relationships, you see the theatricality of it."

The festival includes performances of Hamlet in Lithuanian, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Korean, Romeo and Juliet in Brazilian Portuguese, and Love’s Labours Lost in British Sign Language. The organisers at the Globe Theatre say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see over six hundred actors from 37 nations celebrate the works of the Bard.

"Globe to Globe" is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the World Shakespeare Festival. The World Shakespeare Festival started on the Bard’s birthday, April 23 and runs until November 2012.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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