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2012 brings the Olympics to London. But the Olympics don’t just mean sports but will see other events in the British capital as well. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the Southbank is hosting one of the most exciting ones:

Beginning on 21 April 2012, the Globe is proud to present an unprecedented programme of multi-lingual Shakespeare productions as part of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for the London 2012 festival. Revelling in the vast array of communities and languages that make-up London’s vibrant cultural landscape, 37 international companies will present every one of Shakespeare’s plays in a different language over six weeks.

A Korean production of A Midsummer Night’s Day is on the schedule – I’ve just booked my ticket (yard of course). The Yohangza Company is performing the play – and the pictures available on the net suggest it’ll be riot.

There is also Corolianus in Japanese. Macbeth in Polish. Romeo and Juliet in Brazilian Portuguese. And plenty more. I absolutely love this initiative and am thrilled about the range of languages on the list: not just the Indo-European bunch that you’d normally get, but Maori! Shona! British sign language! Dari Persian! And, oh, Othello in hip-hop.

Details available here: Globe to Globe – I would book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

(P.S. I’ve just booked the hip-hop one as well. I’m not a fan of that music style, but a tragedy in hip-hop? Could not resist…)