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'Globe to Globe Hamlet' comes to Jamaica

Published:Sunday | August 24, 2014 | 8:00 AM

In celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, Shakespeare's Globe, has embarked on a tour of Hamlet to all 205 countries in the world.

Popularly dubbed Globe to Globe Hamlet and directed by the Globe's artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole, the tour takes theatre lovers on an unprecedented theatrical adventure.

Theatre director Peter Brook said: "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."

The Arts Foundation of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC) and First Global Bank with partners Jamaica National, Surrey Paving and the Pan Jamaican Investment Trust join the world in celebration as cohost of the Globe to Globe Hamlet production in Jamaica on Tuesday, August 26.

Tickets

The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre and tickets are available at the EMC for $5,000 each. The proceeds of the event will go towards scholarships and grants for EMC students.

The small-scale production, which toured the United Kingdon, Europe and the United States in 2011 and 2012, is a fresh version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy of deferred revenge that emphasises the play's humour and celebrates the exuberance and invention of its language. A new cast of just eight actors will perform the more than two dozen parts on a stripped-down booth stage in a brisk two hours and 40 minutes. The New York Times applauded "a production that prizes efficiency, clarity, accessibility and above all, energy", the Mexican newspaper La Jornada called it "bright, light and nimble", and in Austria, Die Presse described it as "boisterous, funny, fast-paced and highly musical", while the Daily Telegraph praised its "young, unjaded and open-hearted" portrayal of the Danish prince.

For further information contact Coleen Douglas at 876-468-5409/920-4633 or email marketing@emc.edu.jm or coleen.douglas@emc.edu.jm.