23rd Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Neuss

March 27, 2013 On June 13th the grande dame of the German cinema, Senta Berger, will open the 23rd Shakespeare Festival at the Globe Neuss with a reading of the sonnets to the mysterious "Dark Lady". This year comedy will be at centre-stage in thirty-three productions from England, Georgia, China and Germany.
One highlight of London's Globe to Globe Festival last year was the As You Like It given by the Kote Marjanishvili theatre from Tiflis, Georgia - a sparkling and poetic "back to nature" take on the play whose glowing colours and actions will now be on show in Neuss. From Great Britain comes the Propeller Company, alternately taming the Shrew and (in Twelfth Night) putting on the cross-garters until even the malevolent Malvolio is forced to surrender.
The "bremer shakespeare company" from Bremen offers A Midsummer Night's Dream, while the Rheinisches Landestheater presents The Merchant of Venice, before the "bat Studio Theatre" from Berlin transports us to the Forest of Arden for As You Like It. In a further production the young players from Berlin devote themselves to Macbeth, Shakespeare's most often-performed tragedy.
One of this year's highlights is the London Globe Touring Company's King Lear, and another is the early and seldom-performed Titus Andronicus produced by Hong Kong's Tang Shu-Wing in a staging which, with its minimalist approach, pared down to the basic elements of the theatrical universe, has already scored some great international successes.
Patrick Spottiswoode will give two lectures in his highly personal style to outline the fascination of William Shakespeare, before the Belgian pianist and jazz musician Caroll Vanwelden rounds off the festival on July 13th with "Shakespeare in Jazz".

Advance ticket sales (plus 12% commission) begin on 13.04.2013. Tickets are available from the usual advance booking outlets, by telephone on 02131 526 99 99 9 (Mondays-Fridays 08.00-20.00, Saturdays 09.00-18.00, Sundays and bank holidays 10.00-16.00), or on the Internet.