Monday, April 28, 2014

ART - All the World's a Stage at Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

My personal favorite is the 1990 film "Hamlet" with Mel Gibson.  I've also seen the play live at San Diego's Old Globe several times.

"To be … performed: Hamlet to haunt stages in every country in the world" PBS NewsHour 4/25/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  Some four centuries after the death of William Shakespeare, London’s Globe Theatre is launching a plan to take the playwright’s tale of a tormented prince around the world.

Jeff is back with more on that.

KENNETH BRANAGH, Actor:  To be or not to be.

JEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour):  Famous words, famous play, the most famous playwright in the English language.

William Shakespeare wrote “Hamlet” in the early 17th century, shortly after his acting company, Lord Chamberlain’s Men, moved into the Globe playhouse.  In 1997, a reconstructed theater opened on the Thames River as Shakespeare’s Globe.

Now the ambitious plan is to take “Hamlet” to every country on Earth over the next two years, a project that began in London on Wednesday, Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

I talked earlier today to the Globe’s artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole.

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