Shakespeare in Yemen

Hazaber, Amin; Hennessey, Katherine 2018

In a land ravaged by strife and violence, actors and poets search for hope and inspiration in the words of the world’s greatest playwright. In this short documentary, Yemeni actors and actresses perform some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, and a Yemeni poet recites a qasidah inspired by a Shakespearean sonnet. Why Shakespeare? Why Yemen, and why now? Watch and find out. Read More

African Tales by Shakespeare

Warlikowski, Krzysztof 2011

In “African Tales by Shakespeare,” director Krzysztof Warlikowski and actors from Nowy Teatr return to Shakespeare in a production which places Othello, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear, alongside with John Maxwell Coetzee’s Summertime and Wajdi Mouawad’s monologues (which were especially written for the play). In this thought-provoking five-hour theatre show, Shakespeare’s protagonists – Lear, Othello and Shylock – are depicted as outcasts who share a single fate and are thus played by the same actor. Read More

Merchant of Venice in Yemen (The Lamp Will Keep You Company)

Hazaber, Amin 2012

This Yemeni adaptation of The Merchant of Venice was performed in November 2012 at the Cultural Center in Sana’a and in March 2013 at the Yemen-American Language Institute (YALI)  in Sana’a. “The Tale of ‘Aidarus Bin Mohammed al-Kindi,” A Yemeni adaptation of The Merchant of Venice Read More

Bond (Yue/Shu)

Lu, Po Shen 2009

The background of Bond is set in the Song Dynasty of medieval China and the conflict between Jews and Christians becomes one between Tazis (Arabs, Muslims) and Cathayans. The play features strong gender consciousness and also highlights male bonding. It was performed at the British Shakespeare Association’s 2009 Conference and at the Shakespeare Association of America’s 2011 conference. It has also toured China and the U.S. Read More