In a BBC News article dated September 6, "London 2012: Shakespeare Festival leads cultural events" reporter Helen Busby wrote:
Thousands of worldwide performers, both amateur and professional, are involved in the festival. Shows, including those specially commissioned, will take place both in London and across the UK.
The RSC has collaborated in the UK with venues including the Globe, the Almeida Theatre, the Barbican, the British Museum, National Theatre, National Theatre Wales, the Roundhouse and Sage Gateshead. Some of the productions will also be online.
The Globe, on the banks of the London's River Thames, has already announced that it will present all of Shakespeare's plays, staging one production itself with the remaining 36 plays each performed in a different language by a different company from around the world.
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More than 260 amateur groups, with 7,200 performers aged from six to 90, will perform their own interpretations of Shakespeare everywhere from castles, parks and village halls to pubs, churches and a coffin works.
Shakespeare Unlocked is a digital project featuring film excerpts of performances and workshops, with emphasis on 11 to 18-year-olds. It is part of a project between BBC Learning and RSC Education.The festival also has an educational element, with the BBC exploring Shakespeare's role as "chronicler of our national history and identity".