Posted by: hiddenlondon | April 23, 2012

The World Shakespeare Festival

Desdemona at the World Shakespeare Festival brings together Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison.

William Shakespeare is possibly the most famous Londoner of all time and his work certainly transcends all national boundaries to address truths about the human condition which can be appreciated by communities all over the world.

To make this point the World Shakespeare Festival begins today, 23rd April, usually celebrated as the birthday of the bard.  A major part of the festival is Globe to Globe, in which the 37 plays will be performed at the Globe Theatre in 37 different languages.

Shakespeare was, of course, born in Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire, but spent most of his working life in London, where the Globe Theatre is a reproduction of the original in which Shakespeare was a shareholder and where many of his plays were first performed.



  1. Nice post. I like the idea of the Globe to Globe project. I love seeing plays at the Globe. Also, I like seeing Shakespeare’s plays in any language. I once enjoyed Macbeth in Italian in the Roman Theatre, Verona and had a blast even though I don’t speak Italian!

    • Wow, Macbeth in Verona sounds amazing! And alternative, since Romeo and Juliet would be a more obvious choice – did you go and see ‘the’ balcony?

      • I did indeed. For some reason, Romeo and Juliet is one of the few plays I have not seen on the stage. Must fix that!

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