World famous Shakespeare’s Globe comes to Sussex
Shakespeare’s Globe is taking to the road again this Summer with a new production of Shakespeare’s intellectual masterpiece Hamlet, which will perform at Herstmonceux Castle between 1 – 3 July, as part of its 2011 UK tour. Directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, a small troupe of actors will present a stripped down version of Shakespeare’s greatest play in this beautiful open air setting, reviving the old Globe principle of outdoor playing.
Learning of the king his father’s death, Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder’. Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.
A handful of players will perform a raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play on an Elizabethan style stage, evoking the touring tradition of the Globe’s forefathers. As Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole explains; “The Globe was born out of a touring company culture, and that culture remained vital to it while it flourished. It was with great pride that we resurrected this tradition in summer 2007 after a 400 year break, and we are delighted to be visiting so many stunning venues again this year, including Herstmonceux Castle.”
Under the leadership of Dominic Dromgoole, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre season plays in repertory from April to October annually, and has gained an international reputation for performance excellence. The regional tours have gained an enthusiastic following in the UK and Europe, and 2011 marks the Globe’s fifth year of this popular summer event.
Hamlet produced by Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole
Fri 1st – Sun 3rd July, Fri and Sat 7.00 pm. Sun 4.30 pm
Herstmoneux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex.
Adults £17.50, concessions £12.00
Tickets: 020 7401 9919 Shakespearesglobe.com
Enquiries: 01323 834 479 Herstmonceux-castle.com