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The Arab Shakespeare Trilogy

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Sulayman Al Bassam from William Shakespeare

Published by Methuen

Large Mixed Cast
Sulayman Al Bassam is one of the world's leading contemporary dramatists whose adaptations of Shakespeare have been performed around the world and have won many awards

This volume brings together for the first time three of Al Bassam's adaptations of Shakespearean plays

These versions of Hamlet, Richard III and Twelfth Night are collectively known as The Arab Shakespeare Trilogy...

The Al-Hamlet Summit sees the familiar characters of Hamlet reborn as delegates placed in a conference room in an unnamed modern Arab state on the brink of war

Richard III - an Arab Tragedy is a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, reworked and transplanted into the scorching oil-rich Islamic world of the Gulf

The Speaker's Progress is a forensic reconstruction of Twelfth Night which transforms into an unequivocal act of defiance towards the state, forming a dark satire on the decades of hopelessness and political inertia that fed twenty-first-century revolts across the Arab region

The Arab Shakespeare Trilogy features an editorial introduction by Graham Holderness who positions the plays within the contexts of both modern Shakespearean drama and Arab culture

It also includes a Preface by Sulayman Al Bassam which details the plays' history of theatrical reception and outlines his philosophy of Shakespeare adaptation

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