Living Shakespeare

Print edition : June 10, 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

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

A performance of the Globe's "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in Ethiopia in January 2015. Photo: Helena Miscoscis

"Hamlet" being performed at Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: Bronwen Sharp

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

"Hamlet" at the amphitheatre in Kourion, Cyprus, in July 2014. Photo: BRONWEN SHARP

Amanda Wilkin as Ophelia in the performance at the Zaatari refugee camp. Photo: Sarah Lee

Nayeem Hayat plays Hamlet in a performance at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. Photo: SARAH LEE

"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

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

Crowds watch "Hamlet" on the south bank opposite St. Paul's Cathedral, part of The Complete Walk project. Photo: Chriss Ratcliffe/Getty Images

"Romeo and Juliet" along the riverside, part of The Complete Walk project. Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

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

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

James Norton plays "Richard II" at Westminster Hall in London for The Complete Walk series. Photo: Emma Draper

Peter Capaldi plays Titus and Ekow Quartey plays Lucius in "Titus Andronicus" for The Complete Walk series. Photo: emma drapper

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

Toby Jones plays Falstaff in "Henry IV Part I", at The George Inn, London. Photo: EMMA DRAPER

Aidan Gillen plays Duke Vincentio in "Measure for Measure" at Liechtenstein Castle outside Vienna. Photo: EMMA DRAPER

Gemma Arterton as Rosaline in "Love's Labour Lost" at Palacio Real de Olite in Navarre, Spain. Photo: EMMA DRAPER

Simon Russell Beale as Timon of Athens at Areopagus hill in Greece. Photo: EMMA DRAPER

Dominic West plays the role of Coriolanus, at the Ostia Antica in Rome. Photo: Emma Draper

Vivien Leigh as Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Old Vic Theatre, London, in 1937. Photo: Mander & Mitchenson/ArenaPAL

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.

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