I'm not too sure what category this post would come under but, since Shakespeare's plays have been written, I'll put it in here.
I've just heard a news item about a production in India and Sri Lanka of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The unusual thing about this is that it's a multilingual production in which all the actors speak their lines in their own languages - eight different ones!!!
See here for details.
That must be confusing!
It just goes to prove Puck's words: "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
I've heard of European productions of Boris Godunov where each singer sings in their own language.
—Ceci n'est pas un seing.
Ah, well, the music itself would still be lovely! Mussorgsky, though a drunken civil servant, not a trained musician, was a "superhero" of the Russian nationalist school, IMHO. The prelude to his unfinished "Khovanchina" never fails to make me think he was an absolute genius. I think he was the first to write songs that used rhythms of natural speaking. Waaaay ahead of his time!
I once saw a production of Biederman und die Brandstifter that was half in German and half in English. It was quite interesting though I have to admit that I was grateful for the English bits as my German really wasn't up to understanding a complete play.
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