The beginnings

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As a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, the World Shakespeare Festival reached out across the world, bringing arts and artists together in the UK and online.

Thousands of artists and more than 70 art organisations took part from Brazil, China, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, the USA and across the UK.

Interview with Deborah Shaw: The World Shakespeare Festival Director talks about the festival and how 'everybody can get creative with Shakespeare'.

The partners: A list of the many arts organisations that took part in the Festival, from the UK and the rest of the world.

Photo: The Iraqi Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad.

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