By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst

Designed by Jonathan Fensom

To mark the 20th anniversary of the British Council in Uzbekistan we are planning to have a series of activities. One of these events is the “Hamlet” performance by the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. This project is run in partnership between the British Council Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Cultural and Sports Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and “Uzbekteatr” creative and production union. The performance will be staged in the National Theatre of Uzbekistan. 

The performance is a part of a two-year global tour that will aim to take Hamlet to every country in the world. The Globe to Globe Hamlet, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, is a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure. 

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 will perform over two dozen parts on a stripped-down wooden stage in a comparatively brisk two hours and forty minutes.

4 November at 14:00
4 November at 19:00

The company will travel to all 205 nations in the world to stage Hamlet in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues, from village squares to national theatres, from palaces to beaches. They will travel by boat, sleeper train, jeep, tall ship, bus and aeroplane across the seven continents. 

The Globe to Globe Hamlet will reinforce the Globe’s continuing commitment to internationalising Shakespeare following the runaway success of the 2012 ‘Globe to Globe’ festival. During the festival 110,000 people – 80% of whom were first-time visitors to the Globe – flocked to watch 37 works of Shakespeare performed in 37 different languages over just six weeks. This new tour will bring one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays to some of the most inaccessible places in the world.

The tour will finish on 23 April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This will also be the date of Dominic’s departure from the Globe, after a decade as Artistic Director.

Press Quotes

'A wonderfully engrossing production' The Independent

‘Good things often come in small packages, and so it is with Dominic Dromgoole’s speedy, pared-down Hamlet.’ The Guardian, 2011

‘A slick and engaging production cleverly tuned to outdoor touring locations.’ Financial Times, 2011