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Shakespeare beyond English
A Global Experiment

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Dominic Dromgoole, Susan Bennett, Christie Carson, Tom Bird, Kimberly Richards, Malcolm Cocks, Catherine Silverstone, Kevin A. Quarmby, Emma Cox, Becky Becker, Elizabeth Schafer, Lee Chee Keng, Adele Lee, Yong Li Lan, Sonia Massai, Kim Solga, Samuel West, Tamara Haddad, P. A. Skantze, Christine Dymkowski, Rob Ormsby, Harriet Walter, Aleksandar Saša Dundjerović, Randall Martin, David Ruiter, Michael Dobson, Keren Zaiontz, Katie Normington, Jacquelyn Bessell, Deana Rankin, Kate Rumbold, Peter Kirwan, Julie Sanders, Janet Suzman, Suzanne Gossett, Juan F. Cerdá, Stephen Purcell, Jeannie Farr, Benedict Schofield, David Calder, Ann Thompson, Abigail Rokison, Bridget Escolme
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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107674691

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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.

    • Suggests new ways to think about Shakespeare performed in languages other than English
    • Introduces readers to performance practices from many different cultural perspectives through Shakespeare's plays
    • Provides exclusive reviews and critical discussions of all thirty-eight productions as well as key contextual materials
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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.' Choice

    'Of lasting use to anyone interested in Shakespeare our contemporary.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107674691
    • length: 341 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Introduction: Shakespeare beyond English
    The Globe to Globe Festival: an introduction
    Performance calendar
    Week One
    1. U Venas no Adonisi: grassroots theatre or market branding in the rainbow nation?
    2. Festival showcasing and cultural regeneration: Aotearoa New Zealand, Shakespeare's Globe and Ngākau Toa's A Toroihi rāua ko Kāhiri (Troilus and Cressida) in Te Reo Māori
    3. 'What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine': Measure for Measure, Vakhtangov Theatre, Moscow
    4. 'The girl defies': a Kenyan Merry Wives of Windsor
    5. Pericles and the Globe: celebrating the body and 'embodied spectatorship'
    6. Technicolour Twelfth Night
    Week Two
    7. Performing cultural exchange in Richard III: inter-cultural display and personal reflections
    8. 'A girdle round about the earth': Yohangza's A Midsummer Night's Dream
    9. Intercultural rhythm in Yohangza's Dream
    10. Art of darkness: staging Giulio Cesare at the Globe Theatre
    11. Neoliberal pleasure, global responsibility, and the South Sudan Cymbeline
    12. Titus in no man's land: the Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio's production
    13. Tang Shu-wing's Titus and the acting of violence
    14. 'A strange brooch in this all-hating world': Ashtar Theatre's Richard II
    15. 'We want Bolingbroke': Ashtar's Palestinian Richard II
    16. O-thell-O: styling syllables, donning wigs, late-capitalist, national 'scariotypes'
    Week Three
    17. Power play: Dhaka Theatre's Bangla Tempest
    18. Locating Makbet/locating the spectator
    19. 'Who dares receive it other': conversation with Harriet Walter (9 May 2012) following a performance of Makbet
    20. Two Gentlemen of Verona for/by Zimbabwean diasporic communities
    21. Inter-theatrical reading: theatrical and multicultural appropriations of 1-3 Henry VI as a Balkan trilogy
    22. 'This is our modern history': the Balkans Henry VI
    Week Four
    23. Shakespeare 2012/Duchamp 1913: the global motion of Henry IV
    24. Foreign Shakespeare and the uninformed theatregoer: Part 1 an Armenian King John
    25. The right to the theatre: Belarus Free Theatre's King Lear
    26. 'Playing' Shakespeare: Marjanishvili, Georgia's As You Like It
    27. Romeu e Julieta (reprise): Grupo Galpão at the Globe, again
    Week Five
    28. Bread and circuses: Chiten, Japan and Coriolanus
    29. 'No words!': Love's Labour's Lost in British Sign Language
    30. Ending well: reconciliation and remembrance in Arpana's All's Well That Ends Well
    31. Creative exploitation and talking back: Renegade Theatre's The Winter's Tale or Ìtàn Ògìnìntìn ('Winter's Tales')
    32. A Shrew full of laughter
    33. Foreign Shakespeare and the uninformed theatregoer: Part 2 a Turkish Antony and Cleopatra
    34. 'Didst hear her speak? Is she shrill-tongued or low?': Conversation with Janet Suzman following a performance of Antony and Cleopatra 26 May 2012
    Week Six
    35. Habima Merchant of Venice
    performances inside and outside the Globe
    36. Patriotism, presentism and the Spanish Henry VIII: The Tragedy of the Migrant Queen
    37. Touch and taboo in Rah-e-Sabz' The Comedy of Errors
    38. Shakespeare and the Euro-crisis: The Bremer Shakespeare Company's Timon aus Athen
    39. Restaging reception: translating the Mélange des Genres in Beaucoup de bruit pour rien
    40. Reviving Hamlet? Nekrosius' Lithuanian 'classic'
    Afterwords
    'From thence to England' (1HVI): Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe
    De-centering Shakespeare: a hope for future connections.

  • Editors

    Susan Bennett, University of Calgary
    Susan Bennett is University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her interest in contemporary performances of Shakespeare's plays dates back to her 1996 monograph Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past. Her latest book is Theatre and Museums (2013). A current research project is concerned with the circulation of performance in global markets where Shakespeare, not surprisingly, is a premium brand. She hopes to see some of the Globe to Globe Festival performances again at different international venues and with other audiences.

    Christie Carson, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Christie Carson is Reader in Shakespeare and Performance in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is co-editor of The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive (2000) and the Principal Investigator of the AHRB-funded research project Designing Shakespeare: An Audio-Visual Archive, 1960–2000. She has published widely on the subject of contemporary performance and co-edited Shakespeare's Globe: A Theatrical Experiment with Farah Karim-Cooper (2008) and Shakespeare in Stages: New Theatre Histories (2010) with Christine Dymkowski. She hopes to continue to document international gatherings of this kind from a vantage point that takes in both the onstage action and the audience response.

    Contributors

    Dominic Dromgoole, Susan Bennett, Christie Carson, Tom Bird, Kimberly Richards, Malcolm Cocks, Catherine Silverstone, Kevin A. Quarmby, Emma Cox, Becky Becker, Elizabeth Schafer, Lee Chee Keng, Adele Lee, Yong Li Lan, Sonia Massai, Kim Solga, Samuel West, Tamara Haddad, P. A. Skantze, Christine Dymkowski, Rob Ormsby, Harriet Walter, Aleksandar Saša Dundjerović, Randall Martin, David Ruiter, Michael Dobson, Keren Zaiontz, Katie Normington, Jacquelyn Bessell, Deana Rankin, Kate Rumbold, Peter Kirwan, Julie Sanders, Janet Suzman, Suzanne Gossett, Juan F. Cerdá, Stephen Purcell, Jeannie Farr, Benedict Schofield, David Calder, Ann Thompson, Abigail Rokison, Bridget Escolme

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