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About 2,000 people watched "Hamlet" at Merida's Cathedral on Saturday, thanks to a traveling troupe from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Source: Desde el Balcon
About 2,000 people watched “Hamlet” at Merida’s Cathedral on Saturday, thanks to a traveling troupe from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Source: Desde el Balcon

Merida, Yucatan — An English theater troupe transformed the city’s Cathedral into a Danish castle on Saturday, bringing “Hamlet” to the Plaza Grande before an audience of about 2,000 people.

The Globe theatre sent the production of Hamlet on the first genuine world tour in theater history. Starting on April 23, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the company began a two-year itinerary travelling by planes, trains, boats and buses to visit every nation on Earth – 205 countries in all.

The touring Hamlet is be the Globe’s scaled-down version, which has already been admired in UK tours, with a cast of eight playing more than two dozen roles between them as they perform Shakespeare’s longest play in just over two and-a-half hours.

The company will continue its tour of Central America and the Caribbean. His next performances this month are in the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize (Tuesday 12), and Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala (14), Copan, Honduras (16), El Salvador (19), Managua, Nicaragua (21), San Jose Costa Rica (23), Jamaica (26), Haiti) 28) and Dominican Republic (30).

Sources: Desde el Balcon, The Guardian

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