In tribute to the 450th anniversary jubilee of the incomparable William Shakespeare, London’s Shakespeare’s Globe company set out upon the most ambition project in its history – a two-year globetrotting production of Hamlet.
The company plans to visit and perform in every country on the planet – 205 in all! – including, for the very first time, Ukraine. The British Council is duly honoured to bring the Globe road production of Hamlet to Kyiv for two performances: May 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Mystetskyi Arsenal.
16 brave men and women (12 actors and 4 managers) will travel the seven continents by boat, train, jeep, ship, bus and plane to bring co-directors Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst’s refreshing re-interpretation of the Shakespearean tragedy to audiences gathering in extraordinary settings - from bucolic pastures to national theatre stages, palaces and beaches, and to Kyiv’s own Arsenal!
The Hamlet cast boasts a distinct international flavour with the role of Hamlet played by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat, and the rest of the cast – featuring Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin – rotating the other characters.
The company will kick off the European leg of its tour on April 23rd in London, moving on from there to visit every country on the continent. The members of the touring production are traveling light, setting up and tear down the staging themselves, and for the performance will don period-authentic Elizabethan costuming.
Tickets available at Mystetskiy Arsenal box office from April 29th.
Video trailer of the performance is available here.