Across the Middle East, William Shakespeare is just as much of a literary staple as he is in the United States. That is, if you switch out classical English for classical Arabic, swap Hamlet for an Arabian prince, and assign opposing Sunni and Shia’ identities to the star-crossed lovers.
This weekend you can celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with French erotica and/or breakneck dancing, or check out at Belgian theater company performing the works of a French author. Who says Chicago ain’t a global city?
So London plans to celebrate the Olympics this summer by having actors accost unsuspecting pedestrians and recite Shakespeare at them. (e.g., "Good Mistress Accost, I desire better acquaintance!") (H/T You've Cott Mail.