Shakespeare’s ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ Play Invades Somaliland

Globe to Globe Hamlet opened at Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour every single country on Earth.

Hamlet has now been performed in over 70 countries across the Americas, Europe and East Africa to more than 60,000 people, with over 1/3 of the whole tour now complete.

The company of 12 actors rotates roles across the course of the tour, and together with their 4 stage managers, travel with a completely portable set.

The production is directed by Globe Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst.

“Globe to Globe Hamlet” is an initiative based on the belief “that every country is better off for the presence of Hamlet.”

Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where in the world they are. Redsea Cultural Foundation believes that cultural expression is the best medium to engage with each other and it is a key for critical thinking and for development.

This is a great opportunity for Somaliland audiences, and particularly youth, to take part in an exciting cultural event and to further the role of such expression in promoting tolerance and constructive intercultural engagement.

Written around 1599, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragedy filled with treachery, revenge, spies, and madness. The play was Shakespeare’s most popular in his day and has continued its popularity on stage ever since. In this work, he created a psychological mystery that affords us a look inside the mind of Hamlet.

Redsea Cultural Foundation (RCF) is a literature and arts organization based in Hargeysa, Somaliland, which aims to foster a new generation of literate, creative, and open-minded youth who will contribute towards the development of their societies.

RCF established the Hargeysa Cultural Centre in 2014, and with a theatre, art gallery space and a library, the Cultural Centre is intended as a cultural hub for artists in Somaliland as well as international artists visiting the region. it has also organized the Hargeysa International Book Fair, the major yearly literature event in the Horn of Africa and last year RCF, in partnership with Rift Valley Institute and with the support of the EU, established the Hargeysa Cultural Center.

Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence.

For the last five years Globe Theatre On Tour has taken productions to castles, festivals, parks and town squares.

Omar Wardere is a Somali researcher, reporter and editor. He is a committee member of National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and member of Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa.