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Shakespeare in South Asia

at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

In celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017

A seasonal programme celebrating Shakespeare's influence in South Asia to coincide with the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. All events take place at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.


Shakespeare in South Asia Exhibition 26 May - 8 September

An exhibition to celebrate the vibrant cultural responses to Shakespeare that exist across South Asia. Pay a visit to each of the eight countries in South Asia, catching a tiny glimpse of the part Shakespeare plays in their cultures and the lives of their people. 

Featuring two versions of Hamlet in Nepal, whether Shakespeare should or shouldn't be on the curriculum in Bhutan and the young woman who was inspired to become a cardiologist after playing Rosalind. 

This exhibition also includes seven newly commissioned musical compositions inspired by Shakespeare. The works cover a wide range of genres, some influenced by South Asia and others with their roots in contemporary UK culture. Music will be available to listen to via headphones and also to download via QR codes within the exhibition. 

Entry to exhibition is through the garden at Shakespeare's Birthplace and is included in general admission.


Rahm - Film Screening and Q&A 3 June, 6:30 - 9:00pm

Join us for a screening of Rahm - a sufi retelling of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Followed by a discussion panel with the film's makers; Ahmed Jamal (Director) and Mahmood Jamal (writer/producer).   

Tickets are £8 or £5 for Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and includes a visit to our Shakespeare in South Asia exhibition.


Live dancing 17 & 20 June, lunchtime
Marble Hall, Shakespeare Centre

Enjoy a live dance performance by visiting Indian students from BD Somani International School, Mumbai. This is a free event. 


Bhangra Dance Workshop 15 July, 5:30 - 7:00pm

An energetic workshop from In2Cultures where you can have a go at traditional Bhangra dancing to a background of live drumming on the Dhol, as well as recorded music. You'll also learn about the history of this exuberant folk dance originating from Punjab in Northern India. 

Suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Tickets are £8 or £5 for Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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