Touring ‘Hamlet’ gets a standing ovation at UN

August 5, 2014 • World News

This image released by British Consulate-General shows the cast of Shakespeare’s Globe production of “Hamlet,” during a rehearsal at the United Nations of Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/British Consulate-General, Russ Rowland)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” that hopes to visit every country in the world in two years landed at the United Nations on Monday, with the tale of the dithering Danish prince getting a boisterous, standing ovation from top diplomats.

The stripped-down Shakespeare’s Globe theater production played inside a chamber in the U.N.’s New York headquarters for some 500 guests, against a backdrop of real world crises in Gaza and the Ukraine.

“It’s an absolute delight to be here. It’s extraordinary. It feels very, very odd. But very pleasurably odd,” said Dominic Dromgoole, the Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director. “We like bold ideas. We like bold, simple — some would say stupid — ideas.”

The tour’s goal is to visit 205 nations and territories — the numbers are somewhat in flux as statehood demands rage — in seven continents. It landed in New York having already been Login to read more

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