Four Arab Hamlet Plays

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Four Arab Hamlet Plays, edited by Marvin Carlson and Margaret Litvin with Joy Arab. Published by TCG for the Martin E. Segal Theater Center, City University of New York. March 2016. Available from Amazon or the Segal Center, and soon from TCG.

Contents:Preface, Introduction, Translators’ Notes, and:

  • Nabyl Lahlou, Ophelia Is Not Dead (1968)
  • Mamduh Adwan, Hamlet Wakes Up Late (1976)
  • Nader Omran, A Theatre Company Found a Theatre and Theatred “Hamlet” (1984)
  • Jawad al-Assadi, Forget Hamlet (1994)
  • Bonus essay: Mahmoud Aboudoma, “Gamlet is Russian for Hamlet” (2006)

 

Some press coverage and reviews:

An extract from the intro reprinted as an article at Theatre-Cultures as “Four Arab Hamlet Plays: How Arabs Got their Shakespeare.”

Review in Arab Stages: http://arabstages.org/2016/04/four-arab-hamlet-plays/

Article in The New Arab: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2016/4/23/The-Arabic-Shakespeares-Subversive-political-and-entertaining

Article in The National (UAE): http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/the-review/arab-shakespeare-how-hamlet-became-a-frustrated-revolutionary