Habimaplay­will­cometo London—thankstothe JC

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

THE IS­RAELI theatre com­pany tar­geted by boy­cotters for its forth­com­ing per­for­mance at the Globe Theatre next month is £10,000 short on fund­ing for the visit.

But, af­ter an in­ter­ven­tion by the JC, the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry this week agreed to cover the short­fall.

Habima Na­tional Theatre dis­closed the fi­nan­cial headache to Is­ling­ton Chabad’s Rabbi Mendy Korer, whom the com­pany had ap­proached for help for its re­li­giously ob­ser­vant mem­bers.

Habima is to per­form The Mer­chant of Venice as part of the 37-play Globe to Globe Shake­speare fes­ti­val in May.

Its two per­for­mances are sched­uled for Mon­day and Tues­day, May 28 and 29. The first per­for­mance takes place be­fore the end of the sec­ond day of Shavuot, but Is­raelis ob­serve only one day of the fes­ti­val.

Ear­lier this month, lead­ing ac­tors and di­rec­tors, in­clud­ing Os­car-win­ner Emma Thompson, and Mark Ry­lance, the first artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Globe, signed a let­ter to the Guardian ask­ing the Globe to with­draw its in­vi­ta­tion to Habimabecau­sei­thad­per­formedin­set­tle­ments. The move to ex­clude Habima was con­demned by lead­ing ac­tors, writ­ers and­play­wrights,in­clud­ing­mau­reen Lip­man, Si­mon Cal­low, Steven Berkoff Sir Arnold Wesker, Thomas Ades and Howard Jacobson.

Habima has­been­ret­i­centabout­mak­ing any com­ments over the call for a boy­cott, or any public ap­peal re­gard­ing the fund­ing short­fall, fear­ing fur­ther neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity.

But af­ter ini­tial re­luc­tance, the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry, in­formed by the JC about the short­fall in Habima’s fund­ing, has promised to make sure that any fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties are cov­ered to make sure the com­pany is able to per­form in London.

A spokesman for the Is­raeli Em­bassy in London said that the For­eign Min­istry was the “big­gest ex­porter of Is­raeli cul­ture­tothe­world”and­woulden­surethat the per­for­mance went ahead.

Rabbi Mendy Korer said he and his fam­ily would be host­ing the most ob­ser­vant mem­ber of the cast, Ja­cob Co­hen, who is play­ing Shy­lock. Rabbi Korer said: “It turns out we are the clos­est place to the Globe Theatre. The ac­tor will stay here or in Stam­ford Hill over Shavuot and then move to the ho­tel [with the rest of the cast], where we will con­tinue to pro­vide food”.

A scene from an ear­lier Habima pro­duc­tion of The Mer­chant of Venice

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