Shakespeare Lives will illuminate Iraq in 2016. This unprecedented programme of performances, events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare, the world's most famous and popular playwright, will visit Iraq as part of the global celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of his death.
Shakespeare Lives–Iraq will showcase the extraordinary scope of Shakespeare’s work across a wide range of art forms – from theatre to film, from poetry to debate, from music to theatre, and through educational resources for English language learners – while using his work as a mirror to explore the traditions and heritage of Iraq.
Even 400 years after his death, William Shakespeare continues to be a source of inspiration. His work can be reimagined, reinterpreted and re-told across diverse cultures; this trailblazing project will present an extraordinary opportunity for the people of Iraq to speak within their community and to the world beyond.
Launching the initiative, the British Ambassador Frank Baker said “William Shakespeare is perhaps the United Kingdom’s most popular cultural icon. His work speaks to the people of all nations. The Shakespeare Lives – Iraq programme will show the world that the Iraqi people can work together, justifiably proud of their shared cultural traditions.”
The Shakespeare Lives Iraq lead for the British Council David Pardoe said “The British Council is proud to present Shakespeare Lives Iraq as one of the most important components of the global programme. The festival will play a key role in the British Council’s support for culture and education in Iraq”