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Shakespeare to storm capital

COLLEGE Green is to be transformed into the Globe theatre next month for the Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival.

The festival, which is being partnered by the Herald, was being launched in Dublin today by Ryan Tubridy.

The festival, which begins on June 7 and runs until June 12, will feature dozens of daily performances. There will be 45 free performances in locations throughout the city -- from St Stephen's Green, the Botanical Gardens and and at Christ Church Cathedral.

Every night at 7.30pm the GB Theatre Company will headline the festival with a performance of As You Like It, which will take place in a specially constructed 275-seater arena in the front square of Trinity College.

The festival is one of the most groundbreaking events in the college's history.

And the festivities are not just restricted to plays -- each day will also feature alternative events at 6.15pm including lectures, comedic performances and live music, all inspired by the work of the Bard.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend.

Festival director Mathew Smyth said: "The excitement the festival causes around the city shows how relevant the Bard still is." Ticket prices range from €10 to €18 and are available from www.dublinshakespeare.com and keep an eye on the Herald for up-to-date information in the coming weeks.