Globe Hamlet to stage the Shakespearean play in Bhaktapur
KATHMANDU: Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, is all set to exact revenge on his uncle Claudius right here in Kathmandu. Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge will come alive via Shakespare’s Globe — a reconstruction of Globe theatre (a London theatre associated with William Shakespeare) — at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on October 13.
Under the title Globe to Globe Hamlet, the iconic theatre will stage Shakespeare’s “classic tragedy of deferred revenge in English language” for Nepali theatre lovers.
Globe to Globe Hamlet is a two-year global tour of play Hamlet, that kicked off on April 23, 2014 on the occasion of the 450th birth anniversary of Shakespeare. It aims to reach every country in the world within the two years, as per the theatre’s website shakespearesglobe.com.
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, LadiEmeruwa and Naeem Hayat will perform the role of Hamlet in the play. Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilki will play other male and female parts in rotation.
The event also marks the yearlong celebration of 200 years of bilateral relations between Nepal and Britain. “By bringing Shakespeare to Nepal, British Council and the British Embassy is trying to enhance the cultural connections and the cultural learning between the two countries,” mentions a press statement released by British Council.
As such, the play will also be staged in Nepali language — on October 12, the play’s premiere will be held at Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure. The Nepali Hamlet with Gregory Thompson from the UK as director and Bimal Subedi from Theatre Village as associate director, is undergoing rehearsals. The Nepali production will feature actors Arpan Thapa, Shristi Shrestha, Kamalmani Nepal, Aruna Karki among others in the lead roles.
Shakespeare’s Globe had asked different theatre groups to send a proposal and “they chose our theatre as the Nepali partner,” informed Subedi about collaborating with the group.
“It is beyond imagination to collaborate with such a historical group. If we ever want to invite them, we will not be able to pay them to perform here,” he expressed.
Thus, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that it is a rare opportunity for Nepali theatre fans and artistes as well.
The play will be staged at 6:00 pm on October 12 and 13 at Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Free passes are available at Theatre Village, Lazimpat and British Council, Lainchaur (limited passes and provided on first-come first-served basis)
A version of this article appears in print on October 07, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.