Shakespeare’s Globe in Dubai with Hamlet

London's Shakespeare’s Globe company will be in Dubai in October with the popular play Hamlet

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Shakespeare’s Globe is arriving in Dubai in October as part of their worldwide tour with Hamlet.

The London-based company will be travelling to every single country on the planet with their play which is the late William Shakespeare’s longest.

Globe to Globe Hamlet tour marks the 450th anniversary of writer and will land in the emirate October 10. It comes as part of two years on the road for the cast and crew who began the dates in April 2014.

Sixteen performer and people behind the scenes are pulling off the impressive venture as they take the revenge tragedy to new audiences.

Artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, has taken it to 122 countries so far, including across American, European and African places, reaching approximately 90,000 fans of the classic.

So far the production has travelled 183,794km - they played at Seoul, South Korea’s Marronnier Outdoor Stage on Sunday and their next show takes place in Japan August 19.

Dominic 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.’

Director Peter Brook added that the play contains one of the most known phrases in the English language and one that people can all walks of like can relate to.

He shared: ‘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!”’

‘Hamlet is the most all-encompassing of Shakespeare’s plays. Everyone, young or old can today find an immediate identification with its characters, their pains and their interrogations. To take Hamlet in its original language around the world is a bold and dynamic project. It can bring a rich journey of discovery to new audiences everywhere.’

DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates (04 3414777), shows are at 2,30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost Dhs175. Visit ductac.org.


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