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Playing Juliet changed my life

| by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Colonialism, racism and Shakespeare. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown remembers a painful yet transformative teenage experience in 1960s Uganda

Making a new future at the Holland Festival

| by Lyn Gardner

Major theatremakers are speaking directly to how we live now. In the third of Lyn Gardner's dispatches from the Holland Festival, she encounters Dries Verhoeven's political fairground ride, Vincent Macaigne's ugly-beauitful dream, Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell's riff on madness and Ivo van Hove's dissection of obsession

Video: Birds of Paradise reimagines The Tempest as a trial by TV

Can you skype a performance? Birds of Paradise performed its new reworking of Shakespeare’s Tempest with a live video link between Hong Kong and Glasgow. Exploring reality TV and social media, the production uses four different languages, including sign language. Watch the artists describe how they made the work

My time with Ninagawa

| by Thelma Holt

Yukio Ninagawa, the great Japanese theatre director, passed away in 2016. As the Barbican prepares to bring his seminal Macbeth to London in 2017, Thelma Holt, who worked with him for 30 years, celebrates his visual imagination and his talent for mixing theatre traditions from East and West

Playlist: Watch our collection of Shakespeare Lives short films

| by Emmanuel Adanlawo

From Lady Macbeth with manga animation to Romeo and Juliet with ice cream wars, we bring you a playlist of short films in which contemporary artists reimagine Shakespeare’s work and explore issues such as the representation of women, racial stereotyping, ageing and mental health

In pictures: Gecko creates a dream world in Shanghai

Visit our photo gallery as we go behind the scenes of The Dreamer, Gecko and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s first collaboration, inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu

Video: The making of A Different Romeo and Juliet

Graeae’s Jenny Sealey spent two years working with a group of young disabled Bangladeshis. Follow the young peoples’ journey as they prepare to perform on stage for the first time

Can we do this from our own culture?

| by Gregory Thompson

Having directed Shakespeare in Pakistan, Gregory Thompson is now working in Nepal. He reports back. 

The world wants Shakespeare

| by Eleanor Turney

Gregory Thompson talks from Pakistan about directing an Urdu version of The Winter’s Tale

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