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British UK and Russia cultural exchange programme launched

A scene from ITMOI (In The Mind of Igor) by Akram Khan. Photo: J Louis Fernandez
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Theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland are to take part in a year of cultural exchange between the UK and Russia in 2014.

The UK-Russia Year of Culture will see the RSC and NTS bring their co-production of Dunsinane to Russia, as part of the 250 events planned across the two countries.

The British Council, which is organising the UK events in Russia, has also programmed the Shakespeare’s Globe production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will tour to cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Cheek by Jowl theatre company will present Twelfth Night and The Tempest in Russian, while the Globe to Globe production of Hamlet, which is embarking on a world tour from next year, will also be included in the cultural showcase.

Shows from dance companies, such as Akram Khan’s ITMOI (In the Mind of Igor), and opera companies, including Northern Ireland Opera’s The Turn of the Screw, will also feature in the programme.

A series of concerts based on the works of composer John Tavener, who died earlier this month, will be included as well.

In the UK, organisations such as the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Academic Theatre will perform.

Events will take place from January and throughout the year, with the official launch in April.

Paul de Quincy, director of the British Council in Russia, said: “We are looking forward to using 2014 as a springboard for the future. The UK-Russia Year of Culture is about events but it’s also about relationships and we hope those relationships will continue into the next decade.”


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