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World famous Globe Theatre group performs Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Vatican

2016-04-22

The Globe's two-year tour has come to the Vatican to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The tour group comes from London's prestigious Globe Theatre. Their tour is appropriately named Globe to Globe.

ARCH. PAUL TIGHE
Pontifical Council for Culture
"I think part of what great artists do is they enable people from different perspectives they begin to talk about and debate and share their ideas about the human condition.” 

It is the first time that one of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet, will be performed in its entirety on Vatican territory. Coincidentally, Rome's First Renaissance palace, the Palazzo della Cancelleria hosted the private performance. Even though it is currently known as a Vatican tribunal, it was once one of the centers of Rome's musical life in the 17th century. 

NIGEL BAKER
British Ambassador to the Holy See
"For me, it seems really quite appropriate that the Globe is bringing this great play to the Vatican during the year of mercy. In a way, the Globe tour seems a little bit.. sort of a theatrical expression of Pope Francis reaching out to the peripheries.” 

As the world continues to suffer and struggle with the same tragedies represented in Hamlet, a figure like Pope Francis stands as a modern-day pillar of hope and solidarity in sharing a universal human pilgrimage with so many different people.

NAEEM HAYAT
Hamlet
"He manages somehow to present you with people who are flawed, fundamentally flawed human beings, as we all are. There are some good traits and there are some bad traits but he doesn't judge in his writing. He presents the people as they are with their unique problems.”

Currently, Hamlet has been performed in over 170 countries, to more than 100,000 people and traveled over 180,000 miles. The main goal of this project is to capture the global response to the Globe's Hamlet on tour and to examine the global impact of live performances of Shakespearean drama.

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