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Ralph Fiennes needs no introduction. The director and actor has been promoting his new film The Invisible Woman at the New British Film Festival, which is on in three Russian cities until 9 November 2014. The British Council's Anna Safronova related questions from our Facebook fans in

Shakespeare translations first reached Russia in the 18th century. Reactions were as mixed then as they are effusive today. The British Council's Keira Ives-Keeler walks us through the history of Shakespeare's Russian reception following the Shakespeare Globe's sold-out performance of Hamlet last month and ahead of the company's return to Moscow in the autumn.

Why do Ukrainians identify with issues in Hamlet? The Shakespeare's Globe theatre company performed the play in Kyiv, despite the recent turmoil in the country. Martin Dowle, the British Council's country director in Ukraine, recounts.

One hundred years ago, the First World War broke out. For the countries involved in it, nothing would be the same again. Ahead of a series of debates the British Council is running with the BBC, the first of which will be held in Sarajevo on 22 June, Nihad Kreševljaković, director of

As we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth this year, English tutor and resource writer Genevieve White responds to some of the common problems teaching Shakespeare in the English language classroom.

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