The Complete Works Festival 2006-7


From April 2006 to April 2007 we hosted the Complete Works Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon - the biggest international project in our history so far.

This was the first time that all 37 plays, the sonnets and the long poems have been performed in one place.

We produced 23 productions ourselves, with more than 30 visiting companies, 17 from overseas.

Of the 37 productions, 11 were in languages other than English. They included:

  • South Africa's Baxter Theatre Centre's Hamlet 
  • Henry V in Italian (Compagnia di Pippo Delbonno) 
  • Yukio Ninagawa's Japanese Titus Andronicus 
  • An all-Indian / Sri Lankan A Midsummer Night's Dream 
  • King Lear in English and Mandarin (Yellow Earth / Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre)
  • Macbeth in Polish (Song of the Goat) 
  • Othello in German (Munchner Kammerspiele) 
  • Richard II in German (The Berliner Ensemble) 
  • Richard III An Arab Tragedy in Arabic (Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre Company) 
  • Twelfth Night in Russian (Chekhov International Theatre Festival / Cheek by Jowl) 
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Portuguese and English (Nos do Morro / Gallery 37)

Included our contribution were the opening plays in the renowned Histories Cycle.

As well as theatre, there was a comprehensive events programme, including workshops, music, a film festival and academic debates.

New works saw Shakespeare re-visited, reinterpreted and responded to in new ways, including video, music, cartoons, installations, acrobatics and small plastic actors.

Photo: Titus Andronicus directed by Yukio Ninagawa for the Ninagawa Company, Japan.

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