Friday, March 04, 2011

Shakespeare in the Balkans

This site and this site (and 17 others!) claim Macbeth is performed somewhere in the world once every four hours. A competing claim (from the birthplace museum at Stratford-upon-Avon) says that Hamlet is the play that is so often performed. I'm not sure how they arrived at these specific figures, but the playlist of the National Theater here in Sarajevo does point out the continuing and international importance of Shakespeare. A few weeks ago they were performing Richard III.

Now there's a comedy, based on Hamlet, called "Hamlet in the Village of Mrdusa Donja, or Hamlet Knows What the Nation Doesn't." Oh, how I wish my Bosnian were up to snuff (or that they showed English supra-titles).

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