Dundee Rep Shakespeare Scores an Iranian Hit???
Date: 23 January 2003
Dundee Repertory Theatre has made more history for the Bard this week by taking, with the help of the British Council, their production of The Winter's Tale to Iran. The Scottish company is the first British theatre outfit to perform in the strict Islamic country in more than a quarter of century - not since Derek Jacobi - currently starring in The Tempest at the rather less risky address of London's Old Vic - gave the Iranians his Hamlet in 1977. The current transfer hasn't been without its troubles. The production has had to be adapted for the culture in which women must be covered and any public contact between the sexes is forbidden, and there have been a few technical hitches with the Farsi surtitles, flashed on a screen above the stage. Despite all this, things seem to be going well. Last night's opening performance received a standing ovation from the full house at the 1,600-seat Vahdat Hall in Tehran.
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