Globe to Globe Hamlet opened at Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour to every single country on earth over 2 years. Sixteen extraordinary men and women are currently travelling across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe and Director of Hamlet said:
‘Globe to Globe Hamlet was created with the aim of performing Hamlet to as many people as possible, in as diverse a range of places as possible. The central principle of the tour is that Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where they are on earth; and that no country or people are not better off for the lively presence of Hamlet.’
Globe to Globe Hamlet has been performed in over 100 countries across the Americas, Europe and Africa to more than 89,000 people, with over 1/2 of the whole tour now complete.
January 2015 saw Hamlet travel to East Africa, with the first African performance of the tour at Algeria's National Theatre. Other January highlights included the incredible Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the beautiful St Louis Cathedral in Carthage, Tunisia, and Ethiopia's National Theatre in Addis Ababa. A free outdoor performance in Sudan drew an audience of over 3000 people. On 29th January, the Hamlet company became the first foreign theatre company to perform a full play in Somaliland for 23 years. February 2015 has seen Hamlet continue its journey around East Africa, with performances outdoors in the gardens of the University of Rwanda, and in Burundi, Kenya and Uganda.
In 2014, Hamlet was performed to audiences at The Globe, in Wittenberg, in Tromsø within the Arctic Circle, in Moscow, through the Baltics, in Kiev on the eve of their elections to an audience including Vladimir Klitschko and Pietro Poroshenko, at the United Nations in New York, at the oldest theatre in Central America, the majestic Teatro Nacional de El Salvador, outside on the banks of the St Lawrence River in Canada, in the shadow of Mexico’s Yucatán Cathedral, built a year before Hamlet was written, at a beautiful marina in Antigua & Barbuda, on a mountainside in Guatemala, in St Kitts and Nevis, where the Hamlet company became the first international theatre group to perform on the island, in Poland, where the company was invited to open the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, outdoors for free in Chilean parks, in Argentina, which marked the 100th show, and across majestic national theatres throughout South America.
In October 2014 UNESCO patronage was granted to Globe to Globe Hamlet, in recognition of the tour’s engagement with local communities and promotion of cultural education.
Notes to Editors:
Globe to Globe Hamlet is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet is shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts are played in rotation by Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. For the last five years Globe Theatre On Tour has taken productions to castles, festivals, parks and town squares
SUBJECT: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings its world tour production of Hamlet in Samoa [Venue: NUS Fale
DATE: Friday 12 June 2015
The journey of the company can be followed day to day on Twitter: twitter.com/WorldHamlet and our blog: globetoglobehamlet.tumblr.com and our interactive map details all upcoming shows: globetoglobe.shakespearesglobe.com/hamlet/the-map. Donations can be given by texting TOUR16 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.
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• Globe On Tour: The Globe’s productions tour extensively in the UK and internationally. Current and forthcoming tours include: Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and King John.
• Globe to Globe Hamlet: An unprecedented two-year global tour of Hamlet to every country in the world with a company of twelve actors and four stage managers. The production is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet is shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts are played in rotation by Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin.
• Globe Player: A brand new online platform offering full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy.
• Globe On Screen: Shakespeare’s Globe returns to cinemas in early 2015, bringing 2014’s season of triumphs to cinemas worldwide. Globe On Screen 2015 features The Duchess of Malfi, Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors, all captured ‘live’ in high definition.
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