Hamlet Globe to Globe by Dominic Dromgoole
Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play

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Dromgoole is wise and witty; thoughtful, self-assured, even cocky; and, at times, verbose and esoteric. But he is never dull. His mission was to bring Hamlet to the world to show that Hamlet is the world, and he succeeded admirably.
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Two years, 190,000 miles, 197 countries, one play. For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth the Globe Theatre in London undertook an unparalleled journey to share Hamlet with the entire world. The tour was the brainchild of Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of the Globe, and in Hamlet Globe to Globe, Dromgoole takes readers along with him on this wildly ambitious expedition.

From performing in sweltering deserts, capital and remote cities, heaving marketplaces and on Pacific islands, and despite food poisoning in Mexico, the threat of ambush in Somaliland, an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and political upheaval in Ukraine, the Globe’s players tirelessly pushed on. They carried their own props, instruments, and costumes throughout the journey, and could construct an entire set in less than two hours. Dromgoole introduces this impressive cast of sturdy souls, recounting the highs and lows of their tour, paying witness to Shakespeare’s power to transcend borders and bring the world closer together.

Dromgoole also shows us the world through the prism of Shakespeare and why, in its mystery, it resonates so widely―how a sixteenth-century play can touch the lives of men and women in Sudan, citizens of Beijing, and Syrian refugees alike. Through the lens of this epic theatrical journey, Dromgoole gleans new insight into Shakespeare’s masterpiece, exploring the play’s history, its meaning, and its pleasures, and offering a dramatic and heartfelt testament to Shakespeare’s enduring presence on the modern stage.
 

About Dominic Dromgoole

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Dominic Dromgoole was artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London from 2005 to 2016. He is the author of Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life and The Full Room: An A-Z of Contemporary Playwriting. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, New Statesman, and Sunday Times (UK).
 
Published April 26, 2017 by Grove Press.
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 05 2017

In Cambodia, the play’s poster featured Hamlet holding Yorrick’s skull; the irony was palpable. In Saudi Arabia, it was the “first time that Shakespeare [was] performed with men and women on the stage.” The final performance took place at the Globe in April 2016. Sly, witty, and delightful—a glorious Shakespearean romp.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 13 2017

Dromgoole is wise and witty; thoughtful, self-assured, even cocky; and, at times, verbose and esoteric. But he is never dull. His mission was to bring Hamlet to the world to show that Hamlet is the world, and he succeeded admirably.

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Reviewed by Stephen Greenblatt on Apr 21 2017

“Hamlet Globe to Globe” is a compulsively readable, intensely personal chronicle of performances in places as various as Djibouti and Gdansk, Taipei and Bogotá.

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