London plans international Shakespeare festival for 2012

Beginning on April 23, 2012, a multilingual Shakespeare festival will celebrate culture in parallel with the London Summer Olympics. Professional and amateur companies will present the Bard's plays in dozens of languages and hundreds of productions.

The Globe Theatre has announced that it will produce all 37 plays in 37 different languages.

The World Shakespeare Festival, led by the Royal Shakespeare Company, will include more than 50 arts organizations. The British Museum will mount an exhibition on London in  Shakespeare's time, and and BBC Television will have a contest in memorizing and delivering speeches from the plays.

Michael Boyd, artistic director of the RSC, said it was the most "outrageously collaborative of festivals", adding it was important to "step outside the familiar" and seeing Shakespeare performed by global artists would allow audiences to do this.