Globe to Globe Festival

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The Globe to Globe Festival ran from 23 April to 9 June 2012 as part of the World Shakespeare Festival,[1] itself part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The festival's director was Tom Bird.

The Globe to Globe Festival hosted 37 productions of Shakespeare's plays in 37 different languages over a six-week period. The festival was primarily intended to be an experiment with foreign language Shakespeare in the languages of London, however, it also aimed to discover how important Shakespeare is to the rest of the world. The Festival was recorded through blog responses on the Theatre's own website[2] and on the Year of Shakespeare blog.[3]

More than 100,000 people attended the performances, 80% of whom had not previously been to the Globe.[4]


Play Language(s) Company
Taming of the Shrew Urdu PakistanTheatre Walley, Pakistan
Venus and Adonis Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Setswana, Afrikaans, English South Africa Isango Ensemble
Troilus & Cressida Māori New Zealand Ngākau Toa
Measure for Measure Russian Russia Vakhtangov Theatre
The Merry Wives of Windsor Swahili Kenya Bitter Pill
Pericles Greek Greece National Theatre of Greece
Twelfth Night Hindi India Company Theatre
Richard III Mandarin China National Theatre Company of China
A Midsummer Night's Dream Korean South Korea Yohangza Theatre Company
Julius Caesar Italian Italy I Termini Company
Cymbeline Juba Arabic South Sudan The South Sudan Theatre Company
Titus Andronicus Cantonese Hong Kong Tang Shu-Wing Theatre Studio
Richard II Palestinian Arabic State of Palestine Ashtar Theatre
Othello English Hip Hop United States Q Brothers / Chicago Shakespeare Theatre / Richard Jordan Productions
The Tempest Bangla Bangladesh Dhaka Theatre
Macbeth Polish Poland Teatr im. Kochanowskiego
The Two Gentlemen of Verona Shona Zimbabwe Two Gents Productions
Henry VI: Part I Serbian Serbia National Theatre in Belgrade
Henry VI: Part II Albanian Albania National Theatre of Albania
Henry VI: Part III Macedonian North Macedonia National Theatre of Bitola
Henry IV: Part 1 Mexican Spanish Mexico National Theatre Company of Mexico
Henry IV: Part 2 Argentine Spanish Argentina Elkafka Espacio Teatral
King John Armenian Armenia Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theatre
King Lear Belarusian Belarus Belarus Free Theatre
As You Like It Georgian Georgia (country) Marjanishvili Theatre
Romeo & Juliet Brazilian Portuguese Brazil Grupo Galpão
Coriolanus Japanese Japan Chiten
Love's Labour's Lost British Sign Language United Kingdom Definitely Theatre
All's Well that Ends Well Gujarati India Arpana
The Winter's Tale Yoruba Nigeria Renegade Theatre
The Taming of the Shrew Urdu Pakistan Theatre Wallay
Antony and Cleopatra Turkish Turkey Oyun Atölyesi
The Merchant of Venice Hebrew Israel Habima National Theatre
Henry VIII Castilian Spanish Spain Rakatá
The Comedy of Errors Dari Persian Afghanistan Roy-e-Sabs
Timon of Athens German Germany Bremer Shakespeare Company
Much Ado About Nothing French France Compagnie Hypermobile
Hamlet Lithuanian Lithuania Meno Fortas
Henry V English United Kingdom Shakespeare's Globe


  1. ^, Royal Shakespeare Company. "World Shakespeare Festival". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ Globe to Globe response
  3. ^ "Year of Shakespeare - A project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  4. ^ Lost in translation: The Globe's Shakespeare season offers a surprising insight into different cultures, Independent

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