As Shakespeare’s work grew in popularity, it began to spread outside of England and eventually extended far beyond the Anglophone world. As it was introduced to Africa, Asia, Central and South America, his plays were translated and performed in new and unique ways that reflected the surrounding culture. From Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to portray Othello, to Toshiro Mifune, who starred in the film adaptation Throne of Blood, actors around the world have given new meaning to Shakespeare. Even now, Shakespeare’s global presence is felt on an immense level, as students and scholars continue to explore his work.
Featured Image: “Cordelia Championed by the Earl of Kent, from Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Yale Center for British Art. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons