sat 23/01/2021

World Shakespeare Festival

Globe to Globe: Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe

Productions at the life-changing Globe to Globe sequence of international takes on the Bard have had numerous points of origin, from shows conceived directly for the event to reprises of stagings that in the case of the Brazilian Romeo and Juliet...

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Globe to Globe: Timon of Athens, Shakespeare's Globe

Diamonds one day, stones the next: compulsive giver Timon’s swift descent into raving misanthropy would be better packed into a gritty pop ballad than a full-length play. Still, Shakespeare just about pulls it off: having had more of a hindering...

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Globe to Globe: The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Globe

The Comedy of Errors may not be one of Shakespeare’s most notable plays, yet this production embodied the essence of the Globe to Globe season. While the play was lent new kinds of hilarity and colour when interpreted within a different culture, I...

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Globe to Globe: Henry VIII, Shakespeare's Globe

Now here's a surprise. In English, Henry VIII gets dismissed as a Shakespearean dud (well, let's apportion the blame as well to the play's generally acknowledged co-author, John Fletcher), its karma not exactly enhanced by one's awareness that this...

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Globe to Globe: All's Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare's Globe

It's both easy and fashionable to render ironic, or scoff at, the title of All's Well That Ends Well. This is the Shakespeare "comedy" in which the rabidly obsessed Helena finally ensnares her none-too-doting Bertram in a putative happy ending that...

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Globe to Globe: Coriolanus, Shakespeare's Globe

Had one listened to the Chiten company from Kyoto performing Coriolanus with one’s eyes closed, it would have seemed as if the stage were teeming with performers. And without understanding a word of Japanese, a theatregoer could respond to...

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Globe to Globe: Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare's Globe

"37 Plays. 37 Languages." This is the tagline for the Globe Theatre's Globe to Globe season, hosting theatre companies from every corner of the world. The season may be international in outlook, yet the language used to perform this version of Love'...

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Globe to Globe: As You Like It, Shakespeare's Globe

In the Globe to Globe season, the Caucasus is proving as fruitful a ground as any for new views on old texts. Georgia’s Marjanishvili company, under director Levan Tsuladze, proved the region has a special style with their version of As You Like It...

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Globe to Globe: King Lear, Shakespeare's Globe

Like a post-Soviet Oedipal X-Factor, the Belarus Free Theatre on Friday night gave one of the greatest productions of King Lear London has ever seen. Forget our local Lears, with naked theatrical knights and casts in emotional straitjackets: this...

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Globe to Globe: King John, Shakespeare's Globe

You might have wondered if, when Armenia was offered King John as part of the Globe to Globe season, they felt they’d drawn the short straw. Not a bit of it. Shakespeare’s early history play, the action of which pre-dates those for which he is...

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Henry V halved by Propeller's blade

There’s a lot of Shakespeare about at the moment thanks to the World Shakespeare Festival, from Globe to Globe to the season of plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National’s rare stab at Timon of Athens coming soon. For anyone feeling...

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Globe to Globe: Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, Shakespeare's Globe

The two parts of Henry IV parts 1 and 2 are very macho plays. Men drink, tell rude jokes, strut and lie their way into power and influence. In Globe to Globe's Latin American takes on the Bard, some hijo de puta and de puta madre seem fitting...

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