British Council proudly presents the first performance of Hamlet by Shakespeare’s Globe in Thailand, in collaboration with the British Embassy, Creative Industries and Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.
On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe embarked on a two-year global tour of Hamlet that aims to take in every country in the world. The Globe to Globe Hamlet, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, is an unprecedented theatrical adventure.
To date, Hamlet has been performed to over 75K people in over a hundred countries throughout Europe, the Americas, and Africa. After a year of touring, the company is making their way to Bangkok, giving a Thai audience a chance to watch a live performance of Shakespeare performed as it was originally intended. This multi-racial troupe of 16 extraordinary actors and stage managers, who also play various musical instruments, will be presenting a play which can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of nationality, language and culture.
The small-scale production is a fresh version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of deferred revenge that emphasises the play’s gallows humour and celebrates the exuberance and invention of its language. A new multi-cultural cast of just twelve actors will perform over two dozen parts on a stripped-down stage in a brisk two hours and forty minutes. The New York Times applauded “a production that prizes efficiency, clarity, accessibility and above all energy”, the Mexican newspaper La Jornada called it “bright, light and nimble” and in Austria Die Presse described it as “boisterous, funny, fast-paced and highly musical”, while the Daily Telegraph praised its “young, unjaded and open-hearted” portrayal of the Danish prince.
This unique collaboration between British Council Thailand, the British Embassy Bangkok, Creative Industries, and Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University also marks another stage in the celebration of the 5th Century of Thailand – UK Relations in 2015, and the British Council’s global Shakespeare Lives programme which will launch in 2016.
Globe to Globe Hamlet delivers an exceptional experience through a one and only performance in Thailand on Thursday 21st May 2015, 7:30pm at the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn building (10-minute walk along Henri Dunant Road from BTS Siam, Exit 6). Tickets are Bt 1,600 (Bt 800 for students), and can be purchased by calling 08 6300 2081, emailing: CreativeIndustriesBKK@gmail.com or in person at Room 809, Boromratchakumari Building, Chulalongkorn University.
Fore more info: http://shakespeareglobe.com/
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Malasri Charokram
Arts and Creative Industries Unit
British Council Thailand
Ms. Wankawee Yoowattana
Arts Management Organization