Shakespearian Actors from Around the Globe Bring the Bard to Life at The London Book Fair
Shakespearian actors from around the world will be performing Shakespeare’s sonnets at a specially constructed Globe Theatre at The London Book Fair this week (12th – 14th April) in celebration of the bard’s enduring global impact.
The actors will be performing Shakespeare’s works in their own native tongues twice daily, including Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Polish, Arabic and Maltese, in a nod to the international reach of Shakespeare – whose works have been translated into over 100 languages.
The Shakespearian actors performing at The London Book Fair this week include: Yu Dan (Chinese), Sheng-Chien Tsai (Chinese), Razan Kandi (Arabic), Sofia Amir (Arabic), Esther Fernández (Spanish), Sumit Chakravarti (Hindi), Karolina Piechota (Polish), and Antonella Axisa (Maltese).*
Jacks Thomas, Director at The London Book Fair, commented: “As the UK’s best-selling author of all time, and one of the most widely studied authors in the world, Shakespeare’s legacy continues to be one of huge significance in our global industry. It is fitting that we will be celebrating his legacy alongside other 400 year commemorations of Cervantes and Tang Xianzhu; The London Book Fair is the perfect place to mark these celebrations and to see the full array of these great writers’ works on offer to a contemporary audience in a variety of languages and formats.”
The performances will form part of a number of #Shakesperience celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death at 45th The London Book Fair, including talks by Tracey Chevalier, Howard Jacobson and Jeanette Winterson in light of their retellings of Shakespeare’s Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale respectively. The Fair’s insights programme will also feature sessions with a Shakespeare theme, including a panel on ‘Shakespeare in Other Worlds’ exploring Shakespeare’s impact on education around the world.