The plays will be presented in languages as various as IsiZulu and other South African languages, Maori, Russian, Swahili, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Korean, Italian, Juba Arabic, Cantonese, Palestinian Arabic, Bangla, Polish, Shona, Serbian, Albanian, Macedonian, Mexican Spanish, Argentine Spanish, Armenia, Belarusian, Georgian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Gujarati, Yoruba, Urdu, Turkish, Hebrew, Castilian Spanish, Dari Persian, German, French, Lithuanian and English. There were also be productions in Hip Hop and British Sign Language.
Amongst the highlights, Chicago's Q Brothers, whose previous productions include The Bomb-itty of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin' (a hip-hop, ad-RAP-tation of Much About Nothing) have both been in the U.K., will present their hip-hop production of Othello May 5-6, which, according to press material, is an "urban take on Shakespeare's tragedy spun out, smashed out and lyrically rewritten over original beats."
A production of The Taming of the Shrew from Pakistan, performed in Urdu May 25-26, will star the Lahore screen and stage star Nadia Jamil as Katherine, and a production of Antony and Cleopatra from Istanbul in Turkey, performed in Turkish May 26-27, will star Haluk Bilginer, one of Turkey's most prestigious actors, as Anthony. Bilginer is known in Britain from spending two years on the BBC series "EastEnders."
A production of Love's Labours Lost -- a play that artistic director Dominic Dromgoole quipped at the press conference was hard enough to understand in any language -- will be staged in British Sign Language (BSL) by Deafinitely Theatre, a London-based company who aim to build a bridge between Deaf and hearing worlds by performing to both groups as one audience. This is the first time this has been attempted with a full Shakespeare play.
According to a statement in publicity materials from artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, "We are bringing together artists from all over the globe, to enjoy speaking these plays in their own language, in our Globe, within the architecture Shakespeare wrote for. The artists will play the Globe way - telling stories through the word and the actor, complemented by costumes, music and dance -- and will complete each play within two-and-a-quarter hours (we hope)." There will be no surtitles used during the performances.
A range of discount offers are being provided for multi-buys, including an "Olympian" ticket offer for anyone who wants to see them all. A standing ticket for the entire series will cost £100.
To book tickets and for full details on the entire season, contact the box office on 020 7401 9919, or visit www.shakepsearesglobe.com for more details.