World Shakespeare Festival 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dream *As You Like It) in silhouette

The World Shakespeare Festival was part of the London Olympics - a UK-wide eight-month celebration, produced by the RSC, which reached more than 1.8 million people.

We invited UK and international artists and producers to explore Shakespeare as the world's playwright, what resulted was:

  • 69 productions
  • 7 exhibitions
  • 6 film screenings
  • 9 short plays
  • 263 amateur shows
  • 28 digital commissions and films
  • The beginnings

    How to prepare for a festival which brings together thousands of artists from across the world.

  • Festival themes

    Photos of the key themes that ran through the festival, including Globe to Globe, exhibitions and international productions.

  • Venues and productions

    The festival in pictures: see photos of the productions, events and exhibitions across the UK.

  • WSF and the Olympics

    The World Shakespeare Festival was part of London 2012, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

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