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Globe theatre to take Hamlet on all nation world tour


The modern reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre

The modern reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is planning an amazingly ambitious two year tour of the planet. The tour will begin April 2014 to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and will continue through until April 23rd 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

The theatre plans to visit every country on earth over the two year span and perform a trimmed down version of Hamlet in a wide variety of venues.

“It’s very pared down and runs at about two and a half hours which is short for Hamlet. There’s a cast of eight, taken from a group of 12 touring players in all,” explained Globe’s artistic director Dominic Dromgoole. “We already know this production works in all sorts of venue – whether it’s a charismatic national theatre with glistening chandeliers or a simple market square; or just in a field.”

The BBC interview continues with Dromgoole explaining how he hopes to tour the Caribbean by boat, expects to whisk quickly though Europe, and that the Pacific Islands will involve a lot of plane hopping. The exact schedule of the tour has not been mapped out yet but keen Shakespeare fans would do well to think ahead and decide whether they would rather see Hamlet in Paraguay, Pakistan, Panama, Palau, or Poland.

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