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It has been announced that Dominic Dromgoole will depart the Shakespeare's Globe on 23 April 2016, after a decade as Artistic Director, which is also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
It was also announced that on 23 April 2014* – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe will embark on a two-year global tour of Hamlet that will aim to take in every country in the world. The ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’, directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
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 small-scale production, which toured the UK, Europe and the United States in 2011 and 2012, is a fresh version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of deferred revenge that emphasizes the play’s gallows humour and celebrates the exuberance and invention of its language. A new cast of just eight actors will perform over two dozen parts on a stripped-down booth stage in a brisk two hours and forty minutes.
*Note: 23 April is thought to be Shakespeare's date of birth, but this cannot be fully confirmed.