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