'To be or not to be, that is the question' as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings its world tour production of Hamlet to Accra
On Friday 13 March 2015, the world-famous Globe Theatre Company from London will perform William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the National Theatre in Accra. This event is part of the “Globe to Globe” Hamlet tour, which opened at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.
The Ghanaian leg of the Globe to Globe tour has been organised with close collaboration with the British Council and British High Commission in Accra. Speaking in advance of the performance, British Council Ghana Director Liliana Biglou comments, "I am delighted one of the UK's finest theatre companies is bringing one of the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature to the Ghanaian stage. It promises to be a memorable evening.” This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour to every single country on earth over 2 years. Sixteen extraordinary men and women are currently travelling across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe and Director of Hamlet 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.’
Globe to Globe Hamlet has already been performed in almost 80 countries across the Americas, Europe and Africa to more than 70,000 people, with over 1/3 of the whole tour now complete. The tour will finish on 23rd April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The company by then will have travelled to all 205 nations in the world.
The show will start at 7pm at the National Theatre in Accra. Tickets will be priced at 25 Cedis for adults and 10 Cedis for Under 18’s and students with valid ID card. Tickets will be available directly from the National Theatre.
Globe to Globe Hamlet is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet is shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts are 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.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. For the last five years Globe Theatre On Tour has taken productions to castles, festivals, parks and town squares.
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