Rehearsing Shakespeare in Juba Photo: Banyak Films & Transformedia
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Shakespeare's journey from Juba to London

Cymbeline, one of William Shakespeare's less performed plays, has been translated into Juba Arabic - the most widely spoken language in South Sudan's capital, Juba.

Based on legends about the life of a king in pre-Roman Britain, its first recorded performance took place in April 1611.

Four centuries later, the play will be performed at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, in May, as part of a festival in which 37 international companies will participate.

The BBC Africa's James Copnall went along to the rehearsals to find out whether there were any connections between this play from 17th Century Britain and today's South Sudan.

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  • 03 Apr 2012