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In A Pickle (Oily Cart), Stratford Circus
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, In A Pickle was written and directed by Tim Webb.
Oily Cart went on a voyage of discovery at Stratford Circus through the landscapes of Shakespeare's imagination with this experience for children aged two to four, their families and friends.
Globe To Globe (Shakespeare's Globe)
37 plays, 37 languages.
From 21 April to 9 June 2012, all of Shakespeare's plays were performed, each in a different language, each by a different international company.
Every day for six weeks, national theatres, renowned artists and new young companies celebrated performing Shakespeare in their own language.
Otello (Royal Opera House)
Elijah Moshinsky's masterly production, first seen in 1987, provided the frame for Verdi's 1887 tragic operatic battle between good and evil.
Falstaff (Royal Opera House)
Verdi's last masterpiece receiveed a lavish new production for Covent Garden under director Robert Carsen. Photo shows Conductor Daniele Gatti.
Twelfth Night (RSC), Roundhouse
As part of the What Country Friends is This season, Twelfth Night and The Tempest directed by David Farr, and The Comedy of Errors, directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, played at the Roundhouse during the summer.
Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad (Iraqi Theatre Company), Riverside Studios
Directed by Monadhil Daood, the created a version of Romeo and Juliet for a new generation, infused with Iraq's rich traditions of poetry, music and ritual. Performed at the Riverside Studios, London.
Timon of Athens (National Theatre)
Simon Russell Beale took the title role in Shakespeare's strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton and directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Cesario, National Theatre
A new play by Bryony Lavery for ages 7+ about Shakespeare's children and their adventures with Wattle, Daub and the Higgler family. Directed by Anthony Banks, with a cast of young people from London schools.
Much Ado About Nothing (RSC)
This vibrant and colourful production, at the Noël Coward Theatre, London, transposed Shakespeare's vivacious, and at times unsettling, comedy of love and deceit to an Indian setting, directed by Iqbal Khan with Meera Syal as Beatrice.
Julius Caesar (RSC)
Shakespeare's great political thriller, Julius Caesar, found dark, contemporary echoes in modern Africa, directed by Gregory Doran. Performed at the Noël Coward Theatre, London.
'Shakespeare: staging the world' (British Museum)
The British Museum's major exhibition for 2012 combined amazing objects with contemporary performance, uniquely illustrating the emerging role of London as a world city 400 years ago through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare's plays.
Portrait of Richard III with broken sword, symbolic of lost rule, by unknown artist (1523-55). This is a posthumous portrait of a villainous king, painted closer to Shakespeare's time than to Richard's. Richard is shown here with a withered left shoulder and arm, as described by Thomas More in his History.
© Society of Antiquaries of London, 2011
Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison came together to create Desdemona, an intimate and profound conversation between Shakespeare's Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary.
Legendary director Yukio Ninagawa, renowned the world over for his visually powerful interpretations of Shakespeare's work, brought this rarely performed romance tragedy, Cymbeline, to the Barbican Stage.
King Lear, Almeida Theatre
Michael Attenborough brought Shakespeare's greatest tragedy to the intimacy of the Almeida stage. Forced from power by his offspring, an increasingly impotent and frail Lear descends into madness, with Jonathan Pryce in the title role.
BFI Southbank's contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival was four film screenings in their unLOCked strand which will feature rediscovered Shakespeare adaptations, beginning with Much Ado About Nothing in April.
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