The Guardian, by Maev Kennedy, July 16, 2013 - The Globe theatre is sending a production of Hamlet on the first genuine world tour in theatre history. Starting on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, the company will spend two years travelling by planes, trains, boats and buses to visit every nation on Earth – 205 countries in all.
"I think having a lunatic idea is a very good thing, it's a great way to keep everybody focused and dazzled and delighted by the ambition and energy of the company," said the artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole. "If we're going to do every country in the world it has to be every country, we're not going to leave anyone out. All the 'Stans, South and North Korea – we're very keen to get into North Korea. Antarctica? Fuck yes."
He said it had to be Hamlet for the project. "It is an iconic play, instantly recognisable anywhere. It has that capacity to question, to challenge, to inspire in any country in the world," he said.
The revered theatre director Peter Brook said it was "a bold and dynamic project", and agreed with the choice of play. "The six simplest words in the English language are 'to be or not to be'. There is hardly a corner of the planet where these words have not been translated. Even in English, those who can't speak the language will at once recognise the sound and exclaim 'Shakespeare!'"
The show will open at the Globe next April, and close there exactly two years later on 23 April 2016, which also happens to be Dromgoole's last day as artistic director. Read More
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