Hamlet World Tour – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre




by William Shakespeare


Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst

Designed by Jonathan Fensom

Composed by Bill Barclay

Original Music Laura Forrest-Hay

Shakespeare's Hamlet:

The world renowned Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre performed Hamlet, known as Shakespeare’s greatest play at the Ranga Shankara, in Bangalore, on 18th and 19th October, 2015.

Learning of the king his father’s death, Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his "foul and most unnatural murder". Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s "poem unlimited", a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.

Lasting only two-and-a-half hours and touring to every country in the world over two years, a handful of travelling players will perform a raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play.  




On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe embarked on a two-year global tour of Hamlet that aims to take in every country in the world. The "Globe to Globe Hamlet", directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, will be a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure. 

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. At present the count is 130 nations and counting. 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 1,10,000 people – 80 per cent 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.

After India, the Globe Theatre cast moves to the Midle East to perform in Oman and other venues.  



Shakespeare’s Globe has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, at the heart of the regeneration of London’s Bankside. Shakespeare’s Globe is a charity and continues to operate without annual government funding.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. Globe Education, directed by Patrick Spottiswoode, is one of the largest arts education departments in the country, and shares its approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare with over 100,000 students a year. Shakespeare’s Globe Tour and Exhibition is open all year round and is the world’s only permanent exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare’s theatrical career.

Other on-site facilities include the Swan Bar and Brasserie and private entertaining rooms, with stunning views over the River Thames. The Globe Shop sells a wide range of gifts and books, aimed to increase the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare.





‘The first genuine world tour in theatre history

- International Herald Tribune, 2014

‘The Globe's two-year tour is a world-class event which will help introduce and endear millions of people to Shakespeare, to classical literature and the performing arts in general, and notably to Hamlet. That Copán Ruinas has opened itself to this visionary project is a cultural triumph for the town and its people, as well as for all of Honduras.’

- The Huffington Post, 2014

‘Actors from diverse backgrounds and languages bringing an exuberance of accents and interpretations’

- The Hindu, (India), 2014

‘Hamlet" that hopes to visit every country in the world in two years landed at the United Nations on Monday, with the tale of the dithering Danish prince getting a boisterous, standing ovation from top diplomats.’

- Associated Press - ran in media across the world including: The Daily Mail (UK), Japan News, Washington Times (USA), South China Morning Post and Kuwait Times, 2014




The Sam Wanaker Playhouse

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse affords Shakespeare’s Globe new opportunities to present plays throughout the year, to expand the repertoire of work it presents, to investigate indoor theatre practice and to stage Jacobean plays in their intended atmosphere. It has a capacity of 340 people, with two tiers of galleried seating and a pit seating area. The theatre is predominantly lit by pure beeswax candles. The building has been designed using painstaking research into the materials, methods and decorative aesthetics of Jacobean architecture and interiors. It is an archetype, rather than a replica of a specific Jacobean indoor theatre.




Sixteen years after the outdoor theatre opened, the Globe is thrilled to have finally realised this indoor performance space, based on plans developed through exhaustive research, led by Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper, Chair of the Architecture Research Group for the Playhouse and Head of Higher Education and Research at the Globe. Other members of the team assembled to bring the founder’s plans to fruition included:




 Jon Greenfield, Reconstruction Architect;


 Allies & Morrison, lead architects for the new theatre;


 Peter McCurdy, celebrated builder and Master Craftsman;


 Professor Martin White, leading authority on early theatre lighting;


 Virtus, main contractor carrying out the building work;


 Gardiner & Theobald, property and construction consultants providing project management,


 CDM coordination and contract administration services.


The Globe is thrilled to open the new performance space within the time frame planned, and within budget.


The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse could not have been completed without the generosity of our community of supporters both in the UK and overseas. Shakespeare’s Globe receives no regular public subsidy, but has been fortunate enough to receive donations both large and small from local schools, the general public, audience members and patrons of the Globe. These individuals were incentivised to contribute through a matched giving scheme, whereby an anonymous donor pledged £1.5million to be matched by individual supporters, effectively doubling the value of people’s gifts.