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Shakespeare Festival in Gdańsk
July 30, 2008   
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The 12th International Shakespeare Festival will be held in the northern city of Gdańsk, on the Baltic coast, Aug. 2-9, featuring traditional theater productions, alongside avant-garde and controversial shows, musicals and outdoor events. The plays will be performed by theaters from the United States, Japan, Zambia, Britain, France, Spain, Romania, Armenia, Ukraine, and Poland. The festival will accompanied by a host of exhibitions, street events and educational projects.

One of the participants will be the Ryutopia theater from Japan. The traditional troupe will perform The Winter's Tale.

Performers will also include a team of young actors from the Globe Theatre in London, who are coming with Romeo and Juliet. A special guest of this year's Shakespeare Festival will be Romania, which is sending two productions to Gdańsk: Measure for Measure, to be performed by the National Theater from Craiova and directed by Silviu Purcarete, and Hamletmachine by the Odeon Theater from Bucharest, which is a Shakespeare-inspired play based on a drama by Heiner Müller.

In the educational section of the festival, Gdańsk audiences will get to see plays performed by students of the London Metropolitan University, the renowned Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico school in Spain, and the Bare Feet group from Lusaka, Zambia.

Polish festival participants include the Nowy Theater in Poznań with The Tempest directed by Janusz Wi¶niewski; the Polski Theater from Wrocław with Hamlet directed by Monika Pęcikiewicz; and the Arka Theater from Wrocław with Macbeth.

For more information go to www.teatr-szekspir.gda.pl
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