World Shakespeare Festival launched

Earlier this month it was announced that thousands of UK and international performers will take part in next year’s World Shakespeare Festival, which will run from 23rd April to November 2012 and form part of the London 2012 Festival.

A promotional shot for Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, which will form part of the World Shakespeare Festival next year.

A promotional shot for Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, which will form part of the World Shakespeare Festival next year.

The event, which is being overseen by the Royal Shakespeare Company alongside more than 50 arts organisations, including the BBC and the British Museum, will comprise close to 70 productions, including 23 brand new ones – 21 of which were specially commissioned for the festival.
World Shakespeare Festival touring productions include Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, which explores Iraq’s rich traditions of poetry, music and ritual across a sectarian divide, and Much Ado about Nothing, where Meera Syal will play Beatrice in a production set in India.
The World Shakespeare Festival will run from 23rd April to November 2012 at various locations in the UK. Tickets go on sale on 10th October and there will be discounts for groups. For more information visit www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk