Much as year 2015 is expected to witness great stage performances, theatre lovers are billed to witness what can be described as the mother of all drama as an international theatrical ensemble Hamlet Globe to Globe from United Kingdom hits the city of Lagos with William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. The Hamlet Globe to Globe tour which opened at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, on 23 April 2014, is scheduled to tour every single country on earth for over 2 years, now berths Nigerian soil on 4th and 5th March 2015 at the Muson Centre, Onikan and St. Saviour’s School, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Hamlet Globe to Globe tour is a drama composition of British born Bill Barclay, designed by Jonathan Fensom and directed by Globe’s Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst. It is a seventeen man cast and crew comprising twelve actors and five stage managers with a Nigerian actor, Ladi Emeruwa, who shared role of Hamlet together with international cast and crew that has traveled by boats, train, jeeps, tall ships, buses and aeroplanes across 7 continents to perform over 2 dozen parts on a stripped-down booth stage.
The cast is using a completely portable set to stage a Hamlet that celebrates all the exuberance and invention of Shakespeare’s language in a brisk two hours and forty minutes play. In the play, “Prince Hamlet who was away, learning of his father’s death comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed as a king on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king appeared to Prince Hamlet and demands that he avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder.”
Ladi Emeruwa playing the role of Hamlet is a Nigerian born British actor who studied law at University of Bristol U.K before pursuing a career in acting at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). He recently starred as Brutus in LAMDA’s another Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar at Wilton’s Music Hall and tour in Paris.
His entrant into Nigeria soil leading the Shakespeare’s Globe theatrical ensemble with the strong language of Shakespeare’s political intrigues, sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent actions embedded in the play coincided at this point in time the current political situation in the country today. The second performance at St. Saviours’ School Ikoyi which is Ladi’s alma matter is much a welcome back fete for the school and students he adore much.
Hamlet Globe to Globe tour which opened at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, in April 2014 has performed in almost 80 countries across the America, Europe and Africa to more than 70,000 audiences. It is scheduled to tour every single country on earth for a period of 2 years and will end on the April 23, 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The first African performance was held in Algeria’s National Theater followed by subsequent shows in Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda. Nigeria’s appearance is the 79th out of 205 countries billed to host this nolstagic epic stage.