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The nation’s oldest Kabuki theater in the town of Kotohira, Kagawa Prefecture, is working to forge an alliance with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, according to Kotohira Mayor Masaomi Yamashita.

Yamashita recently said he hopes to finalize the tieup and stage a Shakespeare production by the British theater at the Kanamaru-Za by 2003 — a year before the 19th-century Kabuki playhouse celebrates the 20th staging of a large-scale Kabuki show held annually each spring.

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