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International news round-up: March 8

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Adelaide Festival line-up announced

AUSTRALIA/ADELAIDE This year’s Adelaide Festival, running from March 2-18, offers 48 theatre, music, opera, dance, film and visual arts events alongside Adelaide Writers’ Week and WOMADelaide. The line-up includes Brett Dean’s Hamlet in Neil Armfield’s Glyndebourne production, Ivo van Hove’s staging of Kings of War, the return of Simon Stone’s 2010 staging of Seneca’s Thyestes and Patricia Cornelius’ controversial account of sexual shenanigans behind the scenes in Australian rules football, In the Club.

Marking a decade of Shakespeare Theatre

POLAND/GDANSK The northern Polish port has marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of its Shakespeare Theatre with a series of events. The history of the theatre goes back to the early 1990s, when Jerzy Limon, a theatre historian, discovered traces of a Shakespearean playhouse in the city resembling London’s Fortune Theatre. In the 17th century, Gdansk was an important merchant centre, with numerous visits from English actors. The venue’s annual Shakespeare Festival brings together companies from around the world.

Market for African Performing Arts

IVORY COAST/ABIDJAN The 10th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts will be held from March 10 to 17. The biennial event’s main objectives are to support creativity and good-quality productions and to facilitate the movement of artists and their works throughout Africa and the world.

Theatre builders arrested for fraud

RUSSIA/ST PETERSBURG The Smolninsky District Court of St Petersburg has accused three individuals of stealing money when building a new stage for the Maly Drama Theatre – Theatre of Europe. Maksim Korneev and Aleksandr Puchkov have been refused bail, while Olga Sharikova was released on bail of 2.5 million roubles (£32,000). Puchkov and Sharikova are heads of two Korneev companies. Korneev is said to have orchestrated the fraud and stolen at least 45.5 million roubles (£583,000) from bank accounts of the Russian Ministry of Culture. Construction of the seven-floor, 675-capacity stage, with underground parking and a budget of 2 billion roubles (£26 million), was due to be completed in late 2019.

Celebrating voyagers of the South Seas

NEW ZEALAND/WELLINGTON The New Zealand Festival, running from February 23 to March 18, opened with a huge outdoor performance, a celebration of the country’s shared voyaging history. It was inspired by the explorer Kupe, who arrived there 700 or more years ago by waka, the traditional sea transport of the South Seas. A fleet of waka travelled through cyclones to take part. The event ended with a haka performed by 1,000 people on land and sea as well as a 300-strong choir on the Wellington waterfront.

Call for conference contributions

AZERBAIJAN/BAKU Contributions are being sought for the 5th Baku International Theatre Conference, to be held on November 5 and 6 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the National Academy of Sciences and the Azerbaijan Union of Theatre Workers. Masterclasses, workshops and training will be on offer from international theatre experts. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Philosophy of Theatre in the 21st century: the Concept of Existence’.

Drama League resident artists

USA/NEW YORK The Drama League has announced its 2018 resident artists, who will develop new musicals and plays at the Drama League Theater Center. Colette Robert will direct a staged reading of her play The Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel as part of the programme. The company Little Lord will receive a year of resources, space, support, and a $10,000 (£7,000) grant to create a new work, Skinnamarink, and 14 other directors will be helped to develop their projects.

The International section is co-edited by Ian Herbert and Nick Awde. Contact email: international@thestage.co.uk

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