Globe Theatre to per­form in Maseru

Sunday Express - - XPRESS PEOPLE - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE world-fa­mous Globe Theatre Com­pany from Lon­don, Eng­land is set to per­form Wil­liam Shake­speare’s Ham­let at the Na­tional uni­ver­sity of Le­sotho (NuL) as part of a global tour to cel­e­brate the 450th an­niver­sary of the bard’s birth.

The event, to be held at NuL’s Nether­lands Hall on 1 April, is part of the “Globe to Globe” Ham­let tour which was opened at Shake­speare’s Globe Theatre in Lon­don on 23 April 2014.

Shake­speare’s Globe is one of the most pres­ti­gious arts or­gan­i­sa­tions in the uK. It was founded by the pi­o­neer­ing Amer­i­can ac­tor and direc­tor, Sam Wana­maker in 1970 who was dis­ap­pointed not to find a me­mo­rial to one of the world’s great­est play­wrights on the site of the orig­i­nal Globe. It was then opened to the public in 1997.

Ac­cord­ing to NuL Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing, Phumla Moleko, the Le­sotho leg of the tour also co­in­cides with the uni­ver­sity’s 70th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

“The Globe Theatre plans to per­form Ham­let in ev­ery coun­try around the world within a pe­riod of two years in cel­e­bra­tion of 450 years since Shake­speare’s birth,” Moleko said.

“The Ham­let tour is an un­prece­dented the­atri­cal adventure, dur­ing which as ex­tra­or­di­nary cast and crew 16 of men and women are trav­el­ling across the seven con­ti­nents of the world per­form­ing in dif­fer­ent venues.”

The play has been per­formed in al­most 80 coun­tries across the Amer­i­cas, Europe and Africa to more than 70 000 peo­ple, with the com­pany hav­ing cov­ered a third of the tour. Jan­uary 2015 saw the Globe Theatre Com­pany travel to Africa, with the first port of call be­ing Al­ge­ria’s Na­tional Theatre, Bi­b­lio­theca Alexan­d­rina in Egypt, the beau­ti­ful St Louis Cathe­dral in Carthage, Tu­nisia, and Ethiopia’s Na­tional Theatre in Ad­dis Ababa.

A free out­door per­for­mance Su­dan drew an au­di­ence of over 3 000 peo­ple. on 29 Jan­uary 2015, the Globe Theatre be­came the first for­eign theatre com­pany to per­form a full play in So­ma­liland for 23 years.

Fe­bru­ary has seen Globe Theatre Com­pany con­tinue its jour­ney around East Africa, with per­for­mances out­doors in the gar­dens of the uni­ver­sity of Rwanda, and in Bu­rundi, Kenya and uganda.

The tour will end on 23 April 2016, the 400th an­niver­sary of Shake­speare’s death. The com­pany by then will have trav­elled to all 205 na­tions in the world.

Moleko added that it was an hon­our for NuL to play host to the cel­e­brated arts or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“NuL is a hub of ed­u­ca­tion in Le­sotho that of­fers pro­grammes in both drama and theatre so it was be­fit­ting for the uni­ver­sity to host such an aus­pi­cious event,” she said.

“Apart from that, I be­lieve it will also be an ad­van­tage for our stu­dents as they will have a clearer per­spec­tive of Shake­speare’s work by watch­ing the play. It is much eas­ier to un­der­stand by see­ing than by read­ing it so it will be a bonus for theatre stu­dents.”

Globe Theatre Com­pany Artis­tic Direc­tor Do­minic Drom­goole said the cen­tral premise of the tour was to bring Shake­speare to the peo­ple as they have an abil­ity to en­ter­tain and speak to ev­ery­one re­gard­less of their lo­ca­tion.

Pub­lished be­tween 1601 and 1603, Ham­let is one of Shake­speare’s most popular works with a thrilling sus­pense plot. It is a play that un­der­takes a pro­found ex­plo­ration of dilem­mas in­tox­i­cated with el­e­ments of com­edy.

It is about a young prince, Ham­let, who goes home to Den­mark to at­tend his fa­ther’s fu­neral. Ham­let is shocked to find his mother al­ready re­mar­ried to his un­cle Claudius, the dead king’s brother. And Ham­let is even more sur­prised when his fa­ther’s ghost ap­pears and de­clares that he was mur­dered.

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