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The British Council to Present Globe Theatre's Hamlet in India via Livestream

The British Council is delighted to webcast across India this well-loved Shakespearean play being staged only in Bangalore

Oct 15, 2015   16:20 IST 

The British Council is proud to present for the very first time in India Hamlet by world renowned Globe Theatre. Hamlet is acknowledged as Shakespeare’s greatest play, encompassing political intrigue, sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humor. Hamlet is Shakespeare's 'poem unlimited', a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of his genius.

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, Hamlet by Globe Theatre is a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure. This production is a young, fresh version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy of deferred revenge that teases out its latent streak of gallows humor and celebrates the exuberance and invention of its language. Just twelve actors perform over two dozen parts on a stripped-down wooden stage in a comparatively brisk two hours and forty minutes.

Rob Lynes, Country Director, British Council, India, says, “We are excited to partner with the Globe Theatre for the first time in India. It is one of the most renowned theatre companies in the world. The play will be web-cast nationally which is a first in itself. Cultural relations are pivotal to our work in India and this is another important step towards nurturing collaborations between UK and India. I am sure audiences across India will thoroughly enjoy this unique viewing experience.”

The performance on 18, October 2015 will take place at Ranga Shankara theatre in Bengaluru and British Council will livestream the performance. Hence, anyone anywhere in India with internet access, on any device (laptop/mobile etc) will be able to watch this full performance at

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We work in over 100 countries worldwide to build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. We work in the arts, education, science, sport and governance and last year we reached over 128 million people.

The British Council is recognized across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centers. We offer a range of specialized projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

About the Globe Theatre

The company will travel to all 205 nations in the world to stage Hamlet in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues, from village squares to national theatres, from palaces to beaches. At present the count is 130 nations and counting. They will travel by boat, sleeper train, jeep, tall ship, bus and aeroplane across the seven continents.

The Globe to Globe Hamlet will reinforce the Globe’s continuing commitment to internationalising Shakespeare following the runaway success of the 2012 ‘Globe to Globe’ festival. During the festival 110,000 people – 80 per cent of whom were first-time visitors to the Globe – flocked to watch 37 works of Shakespeare performed in 37 different languages over just six weeks. This new tour will bring one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays to some of the most inaccessible places in the world.

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