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The Globe is Bringing Shakespeare Global

“Season your admiration for a while with an attent ear.” - Hamlet

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre is performing an unprecedented fete. The London based theatre company is embarking upon a journey to bring Hamlet to a stage in every single country in the world. Beginning at the end of April, The Globe began its two-year tour of Hamlet, the most all-encompassing of Shakespeare’s plays, which features a multicultural cast of actors. 

The theatre company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their global tour. The online fundraising site accepts donations of varying amounts in an effort to ensure that they are able to deliver a cultural phenomenon to every area of the globe. The directors of this once in a lifetime production insist that this project is of the utmost importance to them because "everyone should have access to the arts regardless of their circumstance.”

In what can be considered a most nostalgic effort, the Shakespeare Globe Theatre will include performances by boat in its global tour, much like the earliest performances of the play off the coast of Yemen.

Other locations along the tour will include large national theatres, village squares, ships, and beaches to name a few. True Shakespeare fans are known to flock to these productions in traditional locales such as small venues in cities off the beaten path. 

The nature of the play itself draws a crowd of all ages that are able to identify with the cast. Simple references such as the symbolism of the Shakespearean skull, and the famous phrase “To be or not to be, that is the question”, allow for cross cultural harmony in the presentation of the play in different areas. 

The variety of locations allows for a return to the original mission of the Globe’s founder Sam Wanamaker of an international understanding of Shakespeare. It also allows for a sense of familiarity amongst different cultures. Patrons are more likely to partake in the artistic endeavors that are held closer to their homes as opposed to traveling to the original Globe to see the play.

The existence of a Kickstarter campaign also gives people a more personal connection with the production as a whole.

The Directors and Stage Managers will transport a portable set as they trek to their locales with their rotating cast of characters. The Globe has already presented its performance with the help of 37 international companies that presented in their native tongues. Upon the completion of the tour, this will be the world’s largest exhibition of Shakespeare to date.

To find out how you can be a part of this monumental opportunity, visit The Globe's fundraising site here.

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