Friday July 27th marks the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. All the hype of the last few months finally comes down to the familiar routine: the torch relay, the drug tests, the photo opps. And then the competitions themselves, everything from Archery to Wrestling, with rowing, cycling, beach volleyball, table tennis and synchronized swimming in between.
More relevant to this blog is the culture-fest known as the Cultural Olympiad. Like the athletic Olympics, this has something for everyone : concerts, dance, theatre; music, exhibitions, events. Most significant of all is the World Shakespeare Festival, a celebration of the work, life and times of England’s greatest playwright, the ‘crowning glory of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.’ (also known as the Shakespeare Olympics!)
There are tickets available for The Globe ‘triathalon’, ‘pentathlon’ and ‘marathon’ (he did write 37 plays) and those of us who can’t make it to London can get a feeling for the whole experience here.….