Globe takes Hamlet to the world

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the actors who will perform in its most ambitious tour to date – a new production of Hamlet to be staged in seven continents over two years.

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, the production will see 12 actors and four stage managers perform the great tragedy in every single country on earth.

Beginning in London at Middle Temple Hall on 18 April, the company will perform in Europe throughout May and June, followed by dates in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dates in South America, Africa and Asia are also planned, with details still to be confirmed.

The company’s full itinerary can be found here.

It’s a huge undertaking for the Globe, which has stated the production will be a ‘fresh, pared-down version’ of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. The set will be entirely portable, and can be constructed in a variety of settings, from village squares to large theatres, from palaces to beaches.

The cast of Hamlet began rehearsals today. Nigerian-born Ladi Emeruwa and East-Londoner Naeem Hayat (pictured) will play the role of Hamlet alternately, with the rest of the characters 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.