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London is agog with celebrations marking 400 years of William Shakespeare. The Globe’s adaptation of “Hamlet” returns for its final performances after making all the world its stage; the banks of the Thames vibrate with 37 short films on his plays, and music and exhibits prove the bard played many parts in his time.
Ladi Emeruwa as Hamlet at the Globe's performance at the Palazzo Della Cancelleria in Vatican City. The Globe's two-year "Hamlet" world tour began on April 23, 2014, and concluded with performances at Shakespeare's Globe in London on April 23 and 24, 2016.
Ladi Emeruwa as Hamlet at the Globe's performance at the Palazzo Della Cancelleria in Vatican City. The Globe's two-year "Hamlet" world tour began on April 23, 2014, and concluded with performances at Shakespeare's Globe in London on April 23 and 24, 2016.Photo: ALIONA ADRIANOVA
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A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, which is on display at the British Library's  "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" exhibition in London.
A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, which is on display at the British Library's "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" exhibition in London.Photo: CLARE KENDALL
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A performance of the Globe's "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in Ethiopia in January 2015.
A performance of the Globe's "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in Ethiopia in January 2015.Photo: Helena Miscoscis
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"Hamlet" being performed at Shakespeare's Globe.
"Hamlet" being performed at Shakespeare's Globe.Photo: Bronwen Sharp
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On October 25, 2015, the Globe's "Hamlet" was staged at the Zataari refugee camp on the Jordan-Syria border. The audience was entirely Syrian. In the above picture, Dominic Dromgoole (foreground), artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe for a decade from 2006, with cast member Keith Bartlet after teh performance at the camp.
On October 25, 2015, the Globe's "Hamlet" was staged at the Zataari refugee camp on the Jordan-Syria border. The audience was entirely Syrian. In the above picture, Dominic Dromgoole (foreground), artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe for a decade from 2006, with cast member Keith Bartlet after teh performance at the camp.Photo: Sarah Lee
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"Hamlet" at  the amphitheatre in Kourion, Cyprus, in July 2014.
"Hamlet" at the amphitheatre in Kourion, Cyprus, in July 2014.Photo: BRONWEN SHARP
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Amanda Wilkin as Ophelia in the performance at the Zaatari refugee camp.
Amanda Wilkin as Ophelia in the performance at the Zaatari refugee camp.Photo: Sarah Lee
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Nayeem Hayat plays Hamlet in a performance at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France.
Nayeem Hayat plays Hamlet in a performance at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France.Photo: SARAH LEE
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"Romeo and Juliet" staged in the grounds of the birthplace of Shakespeare at Statford-upon-Avon in central England on April 23.
"Romeo and Juliet" staged in the grounds of the birthplace of Shakespeare at Statford-upon-Avon in central England on April 23.Photo: Leon Neal/AFP
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One of the 37 screens over an eight-kilometre route along the Thames where short films of Shakespeare's plays were shown on April 23 and 24 as part of the Complete Walk project.
One of the 37 screens over an eight-kilometre route along the Thames where short films of Shakespeare's plays were shown on April 23 and 24 as part of the Complete Walk project.Photo: A.S. PANEERSELVAM
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Crowds watch "Hamlet" on the south bank opposite St. Paul's Cathedral, part of The Complete Walk project.
Crowds watch "Hamlet" on the south bank opposite St. Paul's Cathedral, part of The Complete Walk project.Photo: Chriss Ratcliffe/Getty Images
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"Romeo and Juliet" along the riverside, part of The Complete Walk project.
"Romeo and Juliet" along the riverside, part of The Complete Walk project.Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images
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Laurence Olivier's script with his own annotations and sketeches for the 1944 screen adaptation of "Henry V", on display at the "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" exhibition.
Laurence Olivier's script with his own annotations and sketeches for the 1944 screen adaptation of "Henry V", on display at the "Shakespeare in Ten Acts" exhibition.Photo: CLARE KENDALL
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Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in the play produced for Two Cities at Denham. The still shows Hamlet at the moment when he realises that Laertes is using a sharp sword in the duel, contrary to the rules which call for use of buttoned weapons.
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in the play produced for Two Cities at Denham. The still shows Hamlet at the moment when he realises that Laertes is using a sharp sword in the duel, contrary to the rules which call for use of buttoned weapons.Photo: BRITISH INFORMATION SERVICE
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James Norton plays "Richard II" at Westminster Hall in London for The Complete Walk series.
James Norton plays "Richard II" at Westminster Hall in London for The Complete Walk series.Photo: Emma Draper
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Peter Capaldi plays Titus and Ekow Quartey plays Lucius in "Titus Andronicus" for The Complete Walk series.
Peter Capaldi plays Titus and Ekow Quartey plays Lucius in "Titus Andronicus" for The Complete Walk series.Photo: emma drapper
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Nikki Amuka-Bird as Hippolyta and David Caves as Theseus in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", at Wilton House in Wiltshire, England.
Nikki Amuka-Bird as Hippolyta and David Caves as Theseus in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", at Wilton House in Wiltshire, England.Photo: Emma Draper
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Toby Jones plays Falstaff in "Henry IV Part I", at The George Inn, London.
Toby Jones plays Falstaff in "Henry IV Part I", at The George Inn, London.Photo: EMMA DRAPER
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Aidan Gillen plays Duke Vincentio in "Measure for Measure" at Liechtenstein Castle outside Vienna.
Aidan Gillen plays Duke Vincentio in "Measure for Measure" at Liechtenstein Castle outside Vienna.Photo: EMMA DRAPER
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Gemma Arterton as Rosaline in "Love's Labour Lost" at Palacio Real de Olite in Navarre, Spain.
Gemma Arterton as Rosaline in "Love's Labour Lost" at Palacio Real de Olite in Navarre, Spain.Photo: EMMA DRAPER
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Simon Russell Beale as Timon of Athens at Areopagus hill in Greece.
Simon Russell Beale as Timon of Athens at Areopagus hill in Greece.Photo: EMMA DRAPER
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Dominic West plays the role of Coriolanus, at the Ostia Antica in Rome.
Dominic West plays the role of Coriolanus, at the Ostia Antica in Rome.Photo: Emma Draper
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Vivien Leigh as Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Old Vic Theatre, London, in 1937.
Vivien Leigh as Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Old Vic Theatre, London, in 1937.Photo: Mander & Mitchenson/ArenaPAL
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