Hamlet hits Havana on global Shakespeare tour

AFP, HAVANA

Sun, Aug 10, 2014 - Page 7

A tour of Hamlet aiming to reach every country on Earth in celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday brought the legendary bard to thousands gathered in Havana, local media reported Friday.

“Twelve actors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre recreated Hamlet... with an air of innovation and in its original language,” artistic director Dominic Dromgoole said to state-run newspaper Granma.

“Although we know that the story transcends beyond words, a giant screen with Spanish was part of the set,” Dromgoole added.

Around 3,000 spectators gathered for two performances put on at the Cuban capital’s Mella Theater on Thursday, paying 10 pesos (US$0.40) per ticket.

The string of shows, which began at The Globe, concludes in April 2016 at Elsinore Castle in Denmark — where the tale of deferred revenge is set. The performance is to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.