Shakespeare plays in 38 languages for 2012 Olympics

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London, Jan 21 (AFP) Each of William Shakespeare''s 38plays will be performed in a different language, includingArabic, Spanish and Urdu, during a a theatre season in Britainto mark the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Shakespeare''s Globe theatre in the British capital saidThursday it would host the special season over six weeks,beginning next year on April 23, the playwright''s birthday.

Shows will included "The Taming of the Shrew" in Urdu,starring Pakistani television star Nadia Jamil as Katherine,and "King Lear" in Australian Aboriginal languages.

Other performances include "Julius Caesar" in Italian,"Troilus and Cressida" in Maori, "The Tempest" in Arabic and"Love''s Labour''s Lost" in British sign language.

"The Globe will create an international Shakespearecommunity in the heart of London, as a prelude to theinternationalism which will fill the capital later in the yearwith the Olympics," said the Globe''s artistic director DominicDromgoole.

The project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiadwhich was set up in 2008 to celebrate the Olympics.

The Globe is a reconstruction of a theatre where many ofShakespeare''s plays were performed before it burnt down in1613. (AFP) AH

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