Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play (Paperback)
In honor of the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth , the Globe Theatre in London mounted a production of Hamlet and sent it to every country in the world. Some audiences rolled out the red carpet and others understood no English and had never heard of the Danish prince. This beautifully-written and irreverent account of an extraordinary two-year journey across this crazy globe of ours celebrates the universality of a timeless story that resonates from refugee camps to opera houses.— From Gillian
Two years, 190,000 miles, 197 countries, one play. For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth the Globe Theatre in London undertook an unparalleled journey to share Hamlet with the entire world. The tour was the brainchild of Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of the Globe, and in Hamlet Globe to Globe, Dromgoole takes readers along with him on this wildly ambitious expedition. From performing in sweltering deserts, capital and remote cities, heaving marketplaces and on Pacific islands, and despite food poisoning in Mexico, the threat of ambush in Somaliland, an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and political upheaval in Ukraine, the Globe's players tirelessly pushed on. They carried their own props, instruments, and costumes throughout the journey, and could construct an entire set in less than two hours. Dromgoole introduces this impressive cast of sturdy souls, recounting the highs and lows of their tour, paying witness to Shakespeare's power to transcend borders and bring people closer together. Dromgoole also shows us the world through the prism of Shakespeare and why, in its mystery, it resonates so widely―how a sixteenth-century play can touch the lives of men and women in Sudan, citizens of Beijing, and Syrian refugees alike. Through the lens of this epic theatrical journey, Dromgoole gleans new insight into Shakespeare's masterpiece, exploring the play's history, its meaning, and its pleasures, and offering a dramatic and heartfelt testament to Shakespeare's enduring presence on the modern stage.
About the Author
Dominic Dromgoole was the artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London from 2006 to 2016. He is the author of Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life and The Full Room: An A-Z of Contemporary Playwriting. He has written for the Guardian, Telegraph, and Sunday Times (UK).