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Production description

From April to June 2012, Shakespeare’s Globe brought theatre companies from around the world to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 languages. The Globe to Globe season was part of the World Shakespeare Festival for the London 2012 Festival.



Performed in Palestinian Arabic by the Ashtar Theatre.
(with scene description in English)


The Ashtar Theatre was established in Jerusalem in 1991 by Palestinian actors Edward Muallem and Iman Aoun. They tour the more remote areas of the Palestinian territories to serve audiences unable to reach Ashtar’s main base in Ramallah.


As Bolingbroke accuses Mowbray of treason and murder, and the two men prepare to fight a duel, King Richard intervenes and banishes them both from England. Already unpopular with his lords the monarch angers his supporters further by selling land to fund the disastrous war in Ireland. With the help of those alienated from Richard’s support, Bolingbroke returns to England with an army to seize the throne from the unpopular king in this modern day adaptation of the work.


King Richard II: Sami Metwasi
Duke of Gloucester/Duke of York: George Ibrahim
John of Gaunt: Hussein Nakhleh
Northumberland: Edward Muallem
Henry Bolingbroke: Nicola Zreineh
Queen: Bayan Shbib

Director: Conall Morrison
Designer: Rajha Shakiry
Text editor: Gassan Zaqtan


Interview with theatre director Iman Aoun about Richard II.

Here are some reviews:

The Guardian, “Richard II – Reviewby Lyn Gardner, 6 May 2012 –

The Arts Desk, “Globe to Globe: Richard II, Shakespeare’s Globe” by Fisun Güner, 6 May 2012 –

Blogging Shakespeare, “Year of Shakespeare: Richard II” by Erin Sullivan, 7 May 2012 –

Shakespeare in the Arab World, “Three days, three plays: on allegory” by Margaret Litvin, 5 May 2012 –

Cafe Palestine UK, “Richard II – Palestinian Shakespeare comes to the Globe,” 6 May 2012 –

+972 Magazine, “A Palestinian king in London: On Ashtar’s ‘Richard II’” by Yuval Ben-Ami, 27 May, 2012 –

Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, “TRIUMPHANT PALESTINIAN RICHARD II AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE,” 6 May, 2012 –

Review of Richard II (in Arabic), 7 April 2012 –



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    Richard II

    Morrison, Conall | Productions
    London,United Kingdom

    Palestinians perform Shakespeares Richard II in Arabic

    Note: A media piece about the production of Richard II performed in the Globe to Globe Festival in 2012.

    Theatre in Palestine: Ashtar in London with Richard II

    Note: Video was recorded for Arabic News Broadcast TV. The reporter interviewed Sami Metwasi, who played the role of Richard II, Iman Aoun, who founded Ashtar Theatre, and Amer Khalil, who works in theatre with young people in Gaza and the West Bank. (Video is in Arabic.)