Globe to Globe Hamlet

A Two-Year Tour to Every Country in the World

By Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

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Globe to Globe Hamlet

"In 1608, only eight years after it was written, Hamlet was performed on a boat – the Red Dragon – off the coast of Yemen. Just ten years later it was being toured extensively all over Northern Europe. The spirit of touring, and of communicating stories to fresh ears, was always central to Shakespeare’s work. We couldn’t be happier to be extending that mission even further. By train, coach, plane and boat we aim to take this wonderful, iconic, multifarious play to as many fresh ears as we possibly can.” Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe

Two Hamlets (2014-04-01) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

The Tour

On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe embarked upon a two-year global tour of Hamlet to every country in the world. ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ is a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure.

Hamlet Company (2014-09-20) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

T Row (L-R) A. Moore, P. Fildes, R. Paratene, J. Dougall, M. Romain, L. Emeruwa, B. Khan, A.Wilkin, N. Hayat, K. Bartlett, D. McEvoy, R. Austin. B Row (L-R) T. Lawrence, M. Foster, J. Leong, C. Burnham

The Play Packed (2014-04-01) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Traveling with 14 trunks, three ski bags, one drum case, one piano accordion and two violins, the company carry all the sets, props, instruments and costumes with them throughout the two years.

"Get Out" Process (2014-09-20) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

The entire show can be constructed in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and taken down in under an hour.

Prop Trunk, Shakespeare's Globe, 2014-04-01, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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A look inside trunk No. 8 - this trunk carries various musical instruments and key props including Ophelia's flowers, the Gravedigger's shovel and Yorick's skull.

Moon Prop Moon Prop, Jonathan Fensom, 2014-04-01, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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The moon prop used by the 'Players' in the play with in a play - Act III Scene 2 (Click to see the back)

Yorick's Skull, Jonathan Fensom, 2014-04-01, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Yorick's Skull - used in the famous Gravedigger scene - Act V Scene 1

Gravediggers Shovel Prop, Jonathan Fensom, 2014-04-01, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Folio Book Folio Book, Shakespeare's Globe, 2014-04-01, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Also in Trunk #8 is a 1st Folio facsimile of Hamlet that is being signed by someone in each country the company visits. (Click to see inside)

Maidan Square on Election Day (2014-05-25) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Kiev, Ukraine Country No. 12

On May 25, 2014 Ukraine held their post-revolution presidential election. The Company had the honour of performing in Kiev on the eve of the election and visited the famous Maidan Square the following day, election day. 

Globe to Globe Hamlet: Actor Matthew Romain on visiting Kiev, UkraineShakespeare's Globe

Actor Matthew Romain on meeting the people of Kiev during their stop on the eve of the Presidential election.

The Company in Maidan Square (2014-05-25) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Back (D.Droomgole, B.Khan, L.Emeruwa. J.Dougall, N.Hayat, A.Wilkin, M.Foster, C.Burnham, A.Moore, D.McEvoy, M.Romain, B.Austin, K.Bartlett, T.Bird. Front J.Leong, T.Lawrence, R.Paratene, P.Fildes

Kiev Audience (2014-05-25) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Front Row in Kiev - First Lady Maryna Poroshenko. President Petro Poroshenko, Miss Poroshenko, Natalia Egorova (Mayor of Kiev's Wife) Kiev Mayor, Vitali Klitschko.

Globe to Globe Hamlet: Actor Ladi Emeruwa Talks About Performing in Kiev, UkraineShakespeare's Globe

Actor Ladi Emeruwa speaks about what it was like to play the role of Hamlet for President Poroshenko and Mayor Klitschko

Show Report from Performance at in Kiev Show Report from Performance at in Kiev, Shakespeare's Globe, 2014-05-25, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Poster from Bitola, Macedonia (2014-06-06) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Heraklea Lynkestis Amphitheater, Bitola, Macedonia Country No. 16

The Company had the experience of performing in the ancient Greek Amphitheatre dated to the middle of the 4th Century B.C. This was the first time they performed in an amphitheatre and really felt the history. 

Panoramic View (2014-06-06) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Panoramic view of the amphitheatre

Looking out as the audience arrives (2014-06-06) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

View from backstage as the audience arrives.

Backstage (2014-06-06) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Green Room/Dressing Room in the ancient ruins

Globe to Globe Hamlet: Behind the Scenes in Bitola, MacedoniaShakespeare's Globe

A look behind the curtain during a live performance of Hamlet. The non-traditional greenroom at the 4th Century Greek amphitheatre – Heraklea Lynkest

Audience View of Stage (2014-06-06) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

View from the top of the amphitheatre during the performance

View of the Stage (2014-08-04) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

The United Nations Country No. 28

On August 4, 2014 Hamlet was performed on a specially constructed stage inside the ECOSOC chamber, to an international audience, on the centenary of the start of the First World War.

View from Stage in UN (2014-08-04) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

The international audience included UN diplomats, dignitaries and celebrities, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, Canadian actress Kim Cattrall (pictured second from the left) and Artist Laurie Anderson (pictured Centre)

The Unconventional Dressing Room (2014-08-04) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Wardrobe Mistress Carrie Burnham often has to improvise dressing rooms when performing in unconventional spaces - at the UN it was the balcony section of the Chamber.

Still from the Performance (2014-08-04) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Postcard from The United Nations Postcard from The United Nations, Shakespeare's Globe, 2014-08-04, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Show Report from Performance at the United Nations Show Report from Performance at the United Nations, Shakespeare's Globe, 2014-08-04, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Poster from Khartoum, Sudan (2015-01-20) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Khartoum, Sudan Country No. 70

On 20 June, 2014 the Company traveled to the Sudan to perform at the 2000 seat outdoor National Theatre in Khartoum. The performance was free and thus, once all of the seats inside were full, people stood in the aisles, sat on the surrounding walls and roof tops and gathered outside the venue walls straining to hear. Although the were no official count of how many people ended up seeing the performance it is estimated a total of four to five thousand people attended.  

National Theatre in Sudan (2015-01-20) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

The National Theatre in Khartoum, Sudan. Dressed and ready for the show.

Audience in Khartoum, Sundan (2015-01-20) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Over 3,000 people inside the theatre with nearly 2,000 trying to see outside the venue walls.

Sold Out Audience in Khartoum, Sundan (2015-01-20) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

The over capacity audience - some people even sitting on walls and roof tops.

Globe to Globe Hamlet: The Curtain Call in Khartoum, SudanShakespeare's Globe

Curtain call and sound of the audience's appreciation in Khartoum, Sudan

Postcard from Sudan Postcard from Sudan, Shakespeare's Globe, 2015-01-20, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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New Audience Assembled (2015-02-07) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Butare, Rwanda Country No. 76

The Hamlet company was scheduled to preform in the Rwandan University Auditorium however, after repeated power failures the company evoked the mantra 'The Show Must Go On' and moved the entire production outside into the University's main square.

Globe to Globe Hamlet: Rwanda Venue MoveShakespeare's Globe

Video of the events during the show in Butare.

The Set Being Reconstructed (2015-02-07) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Stage Manager Dave McEvoy works with the company to re-assemble the set outside. The entire move took less than 25 minutes.

Globe to Globe Hamlet: Actor Naeem Hayat on the Globe to Globe Hamlet Performance in RwandaShakespeare's Globe

Actor Naeem Hayat speaks about the experience of being part of the audience in Butare.

Beruce Amongst the Audience (2015-02-07) by Shakespeare's GlobeShakespeare's Globe

Actor Beruce Khan enters from the audience.

Globe to Globe Hamlet: Actresses Miranda Foster & Jennifer Leong on their Performance in RwandaShakespeare's Globe

Actresses Miranda Foster & Jennifer Leong speak about what an impromptu outdoor show meant to the people of Rwanda

Postcard from Rwanda Postcard from Rwanda, Shakespeare's Globe, 2015-02-07, From the collection of: Shakespeare's Globe
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Globe to Globe Hamlet: Year One HighlightsShakespeare's Globe

Spain Globe to Globe Hamlet One Year Anniversary Performance (2015-04-23) by Helena MisciosciaShakespeare's Globe

Year Two

Globe to Globe Hamlet celebrated its one year anniversary in Madrid, Spain. As of June 2015, the company had traveled to over 100 countries and performed for more than 75,000 people around the world. 

The Pacific Islands Country No. 105 - 115

In June 2015 the company travelled to the 10 Pacific Island Nations. It was a very long and difficult journey,especially when the only airline traveling to these nations began to refuse to transport all of the sets, costumes and props. Upon arrival in each nation it was a constant discovery to find out what - of any - parts of the sets arrived. 

Funafuti, Tuvalu Country No. 117

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Micronesia saw the company with only instruments and what could be found locally as set, costumes and props. Despite these circumstances the show went on to a full house.

Kathmandu, Nepal Country No. 134

The company had the honour of performing in the breathtaking, historic, Basantapur Darbar Kshetra. Despite the devastating earthquake that ravaged Nepal 6 months before, the square survived. 

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Zaatari - Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan Country No. 139

Due to security concerns in Syria, the Company was not permitted to perform in there. So instead they travelled to Zaatari, the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world where they performed for Syrian refugees and had an informal meet and greet with some local actors. All photos by Sarah Lee courtesy of the Guardian  

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Ladi Emeruwa as Hamlet.
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Amanda Wilkin as Ophelia
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Miranda Foster as Gertrude
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Keith Bartlett as Claudius
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Tom Lawrence as Laertes
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Ladi Emeruwa deliver's one of his famous soliloquies as Hamlet.
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'Get thee to a nunnery' - a quick snap from the audience as Amanda Wilkin (Ophelia) is tossed aside in rage.
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Our trip to Zaatari marked our 18 month anniversary. This short video was made to look back at the 139 countries we reached thus far.

Credits: Story

Curated by: Alexandra Breede & Helena Miscioscia on behalf of Shakespeare's Globe
Photos by: Becky Austin, Sarah Lee, David McEvoy, Helena Miscioscia and Amanda Wilkin
Videos by: Alexandra Breede, Jessica Lusk, Helena Miscioscia, Nik Stojkov, Abolfazl Talooni and Amanda Wilkin.
Globe to Globe Hamlet
Director: Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurt
Designer: Jonathan Fensom
Composer: Bill Barclay

Credits: All media
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