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Globe Theatre’s Hamlet coming to St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Actors Dominic Rowan and Kate Duchene perform as Henry VIII and Queen Katherine in Shakepeare's Henry VIII at the Globe theatre in London July 6, 2010.


Brooding Danish rock star Hamlet is going on a world tour – and has picked a surprise location for his one stop in Canada: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ont. Last year, the Globe Theatre in London revealed it would perform a stripped-down, eight-actor version of William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy in "all 205 nations on Earth" starting on the playwright's 450th birthday, April 23, 2014. Landing the exclusive Canadian engagement is a significant coup for the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, a summer theatre only 12 years old and based in an outdoor amphitheatre on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. "For a small festival like this in a small town, the prestige of having an event like this here is huge," said artistic director Ian Farthing. The visiting production is co-directed by Bill Buckhurst and the Globe's artistic director Dominic Dromgoole – but the actor playing the melancholy Dane around the world has yet to be announced.

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