Karachi: William Shakespeare is a name that is known and revered all over the world as one of the greatest English poets to have ever existed. His plays have been performed and are still being performed in theatres around the world. The National Academy Of Performing Arts and the British Council have now announced that they will stage an Urdu version of one of Shakespeare’s famous plays, The Winter’s Tale.
The play will be titled Fasana-i-Ajaib and will be performed at NAPA from 28th to 31 August. The play will be directed by Gregory Thompson who said that the play would connect with the hearts and minds of the audience and that they would be engrossed by its story. He said that Shakespeare could be considered the inventor of modern English so that part of his influence would be taken away from the play by doing it in Urdu. But the story would be the main focus of attention for the audience.
Artistic director Zain Ahmed said that the play was relevant to the Pakistani society and it would be enjoyed even by those people who haven’t read Shakespeare’s works. He said the play had comedic moments as well as emotional scenes. If the shows reception is good, the play will be performed in other cities as well. the play will star Sunil Shankar, Fawad Khan, Aimen Tariq and Akbar Islam who were all excited to be part of this project.