Shakespeare in Pakistan

Gregory Thompson directs a new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in Urdu

The play will tour to eight cities in Pakistan that do not have a regular theatre scene, facilitating the National Academy of Performing Arts' (NAPA) aim to challenge taboos around the performing arts, which have been prevalent in Pakistan since the 1980s.

  • (c) Gregory Thompson

This production, directed by Thompson, will also feature UK set and costume designer Louie Whitemore, and assistant directors and professional actors from NAPA, which is based in Karachi. This work continues the British Council’s long-term partnership with NAPA and builds on The Uncommercial Traveller, a highly successful project with Punchdrunk and the Arcola Theatre in 2012. This project is part of the Shakespeare 2014 celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday.

Gregory Thompson’s production of The Tempest for AandBC Theatre Company toured widely around the world a few years ago, and he mentored the directors of South Sudan Theatre Company, who went on to create Cymbeline for Globe to Globe at Shakespeare’s Globe.




  • National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi

    1st Jul 2014 - 30th Aug 2014

    National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA),
    Saddar Town,

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