Arab Shakespeares at the World Shakespeare Congress
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Citation (published version)Margaret Litvin, Katherine Hennessey. 2018. "Arab Shakespeares at the World Shakespeare Congress." Shakespeare Survey, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp. 35 - 38 (4). https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108557177.001
Why and how do contemporary theatre practitioners from across ‘the Arab world’—a misleadingly simple shorthand for a vast, diverse, and rapidly changing region of the globe—adapt and perform Shakespeare? On Friday the 5th of August in the Great Hall of King’s College London, the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress’s ‘Arab Shakespeares’ panel convened to analyse the significance, the challenges, and the creative innovations of translations, appropriations, and productions of Shakespeare’s works in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. The panel provided a lively set of perspectives on the myriad ways in which Shakespeare is currently being re-cast, re-set, and re-created in the Arab World.