Globe to Globe: Shakespeare festival opens

Plays will be performed in 37 languages, including Maori and sign language

Here's my report on the World Shakespeare Festival which is marking his 448th birthday with an ambitious programme, performing 37 of his plays in 37 different languages.

Globe to Globe will feature productions, including King Lear performed in Belarusian, Hamlet in Lithuanian and Othello re-interpreted through hip-hop. It is part of the wider London 2012 Festival which ties in with the summer Olympics.

As well as the multi-lingual plays, there will be dozens of Shakespeare productions across the UK.

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