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Shakespeare with attitude.

A TRADITIONAL Maori war cry will form part of a production of another of Shakespeare's plays.

Members of the Ngakau Toa theatre company performed a Haka in their version of Troilus and Cressida at the start of an international festival of the Bard's work.

Their performance, on the Bard's birthday yesterday, was the first of a season at Shakespeare's Globe in London, which will see 37 of his plays produced in 37 different languages.

The Globe To Globe festival will see performances including a Sudanese Cymbeline, Love's Labour's Lost in British Sign Language and Hamlet in Lithuanian.

Festival director Tom Bird said: "We are hugely excited to throw open our doors to the world.

"This festival offers the chance to see well-known plays in a new way, with the cultural influences and theatre conventions of countries you may never have visited.'' Mr Bird said the project was proof of the "universal appeal of Shakespeare".

He said of the bard: "His stories and characters are identifiable to all of us - from the lovers to the soldiers to the clowns. Shakespeare is the language that brings us all together, and through his plays we can celebrate the similarities and differences of us all."

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On stage: A Haka is performed by New Zealand's Ngakau Toa theatre company on Shakespeare's birthday, at the launch of the Globe to Globe international Shakespeare theatre festival.
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