Shakespeare’s Globe to host international theatre companies as part of London 2012 celebrations

The capital is hosting a number of cultural events as part of celebrations in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games, which could make a stay at luxury hotel rooms in London a particularly good idea this summer.

Joining in the festivities will be London’s famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which has announced an unprecedented programme of performances from companies across the world.

Called Globe to Globe, it will see the presentation of every one of Shakespeare’s plays in a different language over six weeks, beginning on April 21st.

One company who’s journey to the Globe has been particularly remarkable is a group of Afghan performers who will be putting on a production of Comedy of Errors.

Taliban suicide bombers laying siege to their rehearsal space and an arduous search for actresses in ultra-conservative Afghanistan were just two of the obstacles they had to overcome, reports Reuters.

“We took a comedy because the Afghans don’t want to do tragedy, they have lived enough tragedy,” German-Syrian director Corinne Jaber told the news agency.

The play will be performed in the actors’ native Dari, using Afghan-made costumes with traditional fabrics, Afghan music, Afghan place names as well as local renditions of the characters.

Until recently, such an achievement would have been impossible, with theatre completely outlawed under the Taliban regime.

Local celebrity Nabi Tanha, who starred in Oscar-nominated Afghan film The Kite Runner, will play the lead role of Antipholus of Ephesus.

“Slowly and gradually, we are trying to rebuild our arts and theatre again after they were destroyed by fighting,” he commented.

Other performances taking place as part of Globe to Globe include Venus and Adonis by a South African company, a Japanese version of Coriolanus and a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in British Sign Language.

The programme will close on June 9th with the Globe’s own production of Henry V.

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