Although many of us have probably sat through English Literature lessons in our youth, staring blankly at a page of Shakespeare and wondering what on earth he was trying to say, isn’t it time we gave one of our country’s greatest ever minds another chance? And what better way for those interested in Korean culture and literature to get back into his plays than to watch one of his works in Korean!
Since 2002, the Yohangza Theatre group has been coming to The Globe theatre to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has been thrilling audiences ever since. This year, with London hosting the Olympics, The Globe is not only hosting a Korean production, but a total of 38 productions, each done in a different language, can be seen as part of the ‘Globe to Globe’ project. So you can enjoy Shakespeare not only in Korean, but in a variety of other Asian languages, Turkish, Serbian, Castillan Spanish, Hebrew, and even British Sign Language and Hip Hop!! There are many other languages too, so don’t miss out and take a look at the full roster here.
“It is, perhaps, the most ambitious multilingual Shakespeare project ever attempted and the Globe’s artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole, said today it was “a terrifically clear and simple and slightly bananas idea”, but one, he hoped, that would show how Shakespeare has become an international language.”
The Globe aren’t exaggerating when the say the production will be filled with vibrancy, take a look at the clip below of a past production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Yohangza Theatre Company.