Shakespeare in 37 languages

It’s truly a voyage of imagination this spring at the Globe Theatre in London, where actors from all over the world are performing some of Shakespeare’s most famous works in their native languages.

How about Hamlet in Lithuanian (that would be Hamletas)? Or Much Ado About Nothing in French (Beaucoup de Bruit Pour Rien)? Some 600 actors from lands as varied as Nairobi and Palestine are taking the stage at the recreated Shakespearean theatre as part of Globe to Globe, a festival of 37 of the Bard’s plays in 37 languages.

Other performances include Measure for Measure in Russian, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Korean and Macbeth in Polish. The Q Brothers from Chicago will present a hip-hop interpretation of Othello. A Globe production – that is, English — will end the series with Henry V.

Globe to Globe runs through June 9. Learn more at

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.