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Baku hosts Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"

24 April 2014 [14:05] - TODAY.AZ
By AzerNews

Azerbaijan's State Russian Drama Theater hosted William Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" Trend Life reports.

The play was dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the legendary English poet and actor who is considered one of the most famous playwrights of the world.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chief Director of the theater Alexander Sharovsky and head of British Council in Azerbaijan Elizabeth White noted that William Shakespeare's name is written in golden letters in the history of art and his works are staged at the best theaters of the world.

The performance was staged by Iskander Sakayev, a director from St. Petersburg and a pupil of Valery Fokin, the Chief and Artistic Director of The Meyerhold Centre in Moscow and the Artistic Director of the Alexandrinksy Theatre.

For staging "Midsummer Night's Dream", Azerbaijan's State Russian Drama Theater was awarded the prize "Zirva" in the "For the development of theatrical art" category established by the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry.

William Shakespeare, an English poet, playwright and actor who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".

His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain.

His plays have been translated into every major living language and performed more often than those of any other playwright.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy play by the English poet, is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. Portraying the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta, it includes the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works on stage and is widely performed across the world.
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