Shakespeare in Shona? The Bard goes Global!

As part of the World Shakespeare Festival which was launched on 23 April 2012 (the anniversary of the playwright’s birth), ‘Globe To Globe’ is staging Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed in 37 different languages. The performances are taking place at the Globe Theatre in London, a replica of Shakespeare’s original theatre.

Amongst the shows will be Macbeth performed in Polish, Troilus and Cressida in Maori, Hamlet in Lithuanian and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Shona. Love’s Labour Lost will be performed in British sign language.

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Klingon Talk Now! Klingon
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Shakespeare goes Maori

The Merchant of Venice, which was translated into Maori in 1945, has become the first Maori-language film version of a Shakespeare play. The only adaptation is that the play’s fictional town of Belmont has been moved to New Zealand.  Shakespeare’s use of language was similar to the ancient Maori style, and captures the essence of how the Maori language would have been spoken before the arrival of the Europeans. [Read more…]