Globe To Globe: Shakespeare festival opens
23 April 2012 Last updated at 19:14 BST
The World Shakespeare Festival 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.
Will Gompertz reports.