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World Shakespeare Festival

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

This year, coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic Games, the World Shakespeare Festival makes its way to the capital and will be an ongoing event between April and November 2012. The World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of the Bard’s life and work organized by The Royal Shakespeare Company and is part of the London 2012 festival – an extravaganza that showcases the country and capital to the world as nations gather for sport’s greatest event, The Olympics. If you’re either a sports fan or a theatre aficionado, London is where your pilgrimage ends.

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With the Olympics scheduled to start with a grand opening ceremony on the 27th of July 2012, the festival brings together theatre groups from around the world – 37 countries are represented in a wide range of traditional and stylistic interpretations of the Bard’s plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well and the Henry VI trilogy. Many of this year’s performances are part of the company’s Globe to Globe programme that features performances from across the globe including South Sudan, China, India, Mexico, Georgia and thirty other countries. Productions will be staged in London’s famed theatres including the Barbican Theatre, The Roundhouse and London’s premier theatre on the bank of the Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe. While the theatres themselves are worth the visit – be sure to make reservations well ahead. With millions of visitors making their way for the games, expect all cultural, entertainment and hospitality venues to be booked in advance.

The Globe is a short distance from Earl’s Court and Hyde Park – less than 20 minutes’ drive from each location. Earl’s Court will host Volleyball matches while Hyde Park will be the site of the triathlon and 10 km marathon swimming events. Hyde Park will also be the venue for Madonna’s World Tour in July. Choose your mode of transport well and expect some delays – the city’s Underground, car rental, bus and taxi services are set to receive record number of visitors. Some of the world’s finest entertainers and headlining acts will be at London during the Olympics and the World Shakespeare Festival including Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay at the Isle of Wight Festival., Lady Gaga at Twickenham Stadium, Eddie Vedder at the Hammersmith Apollo with Pearl Jam and Damien Hirst at Tate Modern.

This year’s performances at the World Shakespeare Festival are truly global, a confluence of world cultures to celebrate the power of sport and theatre.


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Grace lives in India. She loves to travel, not as a tourist, but to soak in the secrets of the nooks and crannies of this amazing planet. She also loves words, expressed through the medium of writing. She firmly believes that a well crafted piece of writing can accomplish ANYTHING!

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