The production is a young, fresh version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of deferred revenge that teases out its latent streak of gallows humour and celebrates the exuberance and invention of its language. Just twelve actors perform over two dozen parts on a stripped-down wooden stage in a comparatively brisk two hours and forty minutes.
It is the same Globe On Tour production that toured the UK, Europe and the United States in 2011 and 2012, when the New York Times called it “a production that prizes efficiency, clarity, accessibility and above all energy” and the Daily Telegraph praised its “young, unjaded and open-hearted” portrayal of the Danish prince.
Find out more about the project on our Project Page. See our cast list below.
DOMINIC DROMGOOLE, DIRECTOR
BILL BUCKHURST, DIRECTOR
JONATHAN FENSOM, DESIGNER
BILL BARCLAY, COMPOSER / MUSIC DIRECTOR
LAURA FORREST-HAY, ORIGINAL MUSIC
‘The chemistry between the actors is palpable, and the work of director Dominic Dromgoole is perfect.’ Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina
‘Globe to Globe Hamlet holds a mirror up to the nature of theatre in Shakespeare’s lifetime – as in, no special effects, no elaborate set, just simple storytelling at its best. In short, it lets his true genius shine through.’ Toronto Star, Canada
‘A compelling Hamlet by Shakespeare's Globe theatre allows the text to dazzle and shine’ NRC Handelsblad, Netherlands
‘The new production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy by Shakespeare’s Globe has put the world on stage. And to great effect.’ The Hindu, India
‘The production was as faithful to the work as can be requested, and unexpectedly, sheds an important light onto Icelandic theatre.’ Visir, Iceland
‘Touring Hamlet gets standing ovation at UN’ The Daily Mail, UK
‘The first genuine world tour in theatre history’ International Herald Tribune, 2014
‘The Globe's two-year tour is a world-class event which will help introduce and endear millions of people to Shakespeare, to classical literature and the performing arts in general, and notably to Hamlet.’ The Huffington Post, 2014
‘The production was as faithful to the work as can be requested, and unexpectedly, sheds an important light onto Icelandic theatre.’ Visir (Iceland), 2014
‘Under Dromgoole’s direction, this rendition of Hamlet tunes into a lighter spirit, that many of us probably never saw within it. What Dromgoole outlines is that comedies and tragedies often tread opposite sides of the same coin.’
‘"Hamlet" that hopes to visit every country in the world in two years landed at the United Nations on Monday, with the tale of the dithering Danish prince getting a boisterous, standing ovation from top diplomats.’
Associated Press - ran in media across the world including: The Daily Mail (UK), Japan News, Washington Times (USA), South China Morning Post and Kuwait Times, 2014
‘Simple, but detailed, beautiful but sorrowful.’ iTromsø (Norway), 2014
‘Something not to be missed’ Sudan Vision (Sudan), 2015
‘Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst deliver a crisp, energetic production that remains open to multiple interpretations and creates a space for audiences to find their own meanings.’ New Zealand Herald, 2015
‘The show created a wonderful change of experience for the Lao audience who were able to appreciate one of the finest writes of all time. A truly rewarding evening.’ Vientiane Times (Laos), 2015
‘Shakespeare’s Globe’s touring production of Hamlet offers a simple staging of the classic with strong performances’ The Business Times (Singapore), 2015
In casting our Globe to Globe Hamlet, we have assembled a squad of brilliant actors, stage managers and intrepid adventurers.
Both of our previous touring versions of Hamlet, one directed by Dominic Dromgoole (2011) and one directed by Bill Buckhurst (2012), had companies of eight actors – but for this, our biggest project to date, we wanted our actors to have both flexibility in the roles they were taking on (two years is a long time to play just one part) and also, given the particular rigours of this tour, a chance for some respite on the road: with these 12 actors, we have an ensemble who can spin among themselves so many tellings of the play that almost every country will see a slightly different line up of actors and roles.
The actors are joined by four wonderful stage managers who travel with the company (and the set) and help make the project a reality.
The Hamlet Stage Managers are:
Select a cast member to read their bio and follow their journey: