July 28 - 30, 2014

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Dominic Dromgoole
and Bill Buckhurst


The Play

From the bankside of the Thames to the shores of Lake Michigan and far beyond, Shakespeare’s Globe is embarking on an unprecedented theatrical adventure. Touring to every country in the world over the next two years, the company will travel by boat, train, car and airplane across the seven continents to stage Hamlet in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues—from village squares to national theaters, palaces and beaches. On a stripped-down wooden stage, just twelve actors will perform over two dozen parts, with the role of Hamlet shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. One of only two US stops on the tour, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Courtyard Theater will play host to this raw, thrillingly elemental production of Shakespeare’s classic story of deferred revenge.



Video: "Globe to Globe Hamlet" Preview

Gallery: "Globe to Globe Hamlet" Production Photos

Gallery: "Globe to Globe Hamlet" Rehearsal Photos


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Learning of the king’s death, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the throne.
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Updates from the Road

Follow the journey of “Globe to Globe Hamlet”, which will take the company to some of the most extraordinary locations on Earth.
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About Shakespeare’s Globe

One of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, the Globe and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence.
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The Players

Creative Team

Dominic Dromgoole Director

Bill Buckhurst Director

Jonathan Fensom Designer

Bill Barclay Composer/Music Director

Laura Forrest-Hay Additional Original Music


Ladi Emeruwa Hamlet

Naeem Hayat Hamlet

Keith Bartlett Claudius, Polonius

John Dougall Claudius, Polonius

Phoebe Fildes Ophelia and others

Miranda Foster Gertrude and others

Beruce Khan Horatio/Laertes, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern

Tom Lawrence Horatio/Laertes, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern

Jennifer Leong Ophelia and others

Rawiri Paratene Claudius/Polonius

Matthew Romain Horatio, Laertes, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern

Amanda Wilkin Ophelia and others

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