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Hamlet to Tread the Boards of the Little Theatre

Globe to Globe Hamlet: 205 countries in 2 years

The British conquered much of the globe armed with the bullet, the Bible and the Bard and to honour Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Shakespeare’s Globe is taking Hamlet on the road to not merely show that all the world’s a stage, but to actually touch all of them, or at least one in every country. When it lands in Jamaica, the proceeds from the event will be used for grants and scholarships for students of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

The worldwide tour of the famed tragedy, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, has been dubbed ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ and is slated to last two years. The production will be performed in Jamaica, at the Little Theatre on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm. 

The Jamaican staging of the production is made possible through the combined efforts of the Edna Manley College, First Global Bank, Jamaica National and other sponsors. 

According to a release from the Edna Manley College, ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ features a scaled down production featuring eight (8) actors, who take on over two dozen roles. It has received rave reviews and praised for being both refreshing and boisterous.

“The EMCVPA is particularly intrigued and excited that the production has originated from the new Globe Theatre in the tradition and style of the original players and looks forward to being a part of the global circuit showcasing this prestigious production,” the release said.

The production arrives in Jamaica after performances in the United States, the Bahamas, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvaodor, and Costa Rica. This journey has included multiple spaces from theatres, before cathedrals and even Mayan ruins. After performing in Jamaica, they will head to Haiti and then the Dominican Republic. 

Globe to Globe Hamlet hits Eastern Caribbean in September where it will stop in St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Greneda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It journeys to Trinidad and Tobago in October.

Tickets for the Jamaican staging $5,000 and are available at the Edna Manley college.