Hamlet comes to Harare

HARARE - It was back to the 1600s at Harare’s 7 Arts Theatre on Friday night where United Kingdom-based The Globe Theatre performed Hamlet — William Shakespeare’s longest play.

With comedy, love, revenge, politics and murder in one showing, the performance evoked almost endless laughter from the packed Avondale venue.

Though it was two-and-a-half hours long, the performance kept people glued to their seats as they soaked intensity, intrigue and suspense from the first scene to the last.

The audience included students who wanted to enhance their knowledge of Shakespeare’s iconic play, art enthusiasts and girls on night outs. It presented a night to tap into a different world.

Harare was the 91st country stop for The Globe Theatre crew and is scheduled to take Shakespeare’s iconic play to 205 countries around the world by 2016.

The ambitious tour will mark two anniversaries — April 23, 2016 is 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. The events will also link in with the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth day next April.

“For us, it was about just going out and doing it,” Tamsin Mehta, the associate producer said after being asked what goal they wanted to achieve by taking the play on a world tour.

Apart from getting the experience to perform in front of the Zimbabwean audience, the crew said they were happy to get the chance to explore and find out more about the country, which they did not have much knowledge of.

“I jumped on because I didn’t know much about Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. What I knew about Zimbabwe was the Victoria Falls,” he said.

Members of The Globe Theatre said they remain rejuvenated on the world tour by exchanging roles in the play as they perform in different countries.

They added that they have managed to tell the story without really being affected by the social and cultural activities in the countries they have performed in.

In the play, Prince Hamlet of Denmark is instructed to enact revenge of his father’s murder on his uncle Claudius.

Claudius had murdered his own brother, Hamlet’s father King Hamlet, and subsequently seized the throne, marrying his deceased brother’s widow, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude.

The play is believed to have been one of Shakespeare’s most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed.

Some of the popular Shakespeare quotes from the play are: “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer,” as well as “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Comments (2)

even in mozambique we had our own Hamlet but done in portuguese hope the team should have passed by here

admore manditsera - 14 April 2015

even in mozambique we had our own Hamlet but done in portuguese hope the team should have passed by here

admore manditsera - 14 April 2015

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