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Shakespeares Globe is delighted to announce the worldwide Hamlet tour company, who start rehearsals today 4 March 2014

On 23 April 2014 the Globe opens its most ambitious tour yet: a two-year tour of Hamlet that will visit every single country on earth. Sixteen extraordinary men and women will travel by boat, train, jeep, tall ship, bus and aeroplane across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues from village squares to national theatres, from palaces to beaches. Today they gathered together at the Globe for the very first time to begin rehearsals. The production is a fresh, pared-down version of Shakespeares classic tragedy of deferred revenge. The company of twelve actors and four stage managers will use a completely portable set to stage a Hamlet that celebrates all the exuberance and invention of Shakespeares language in a brisk two hours and forty minutes. The production will be directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, designed by Jonathan Fensom and composed by Bill Barclay. The role of Hamlet will be shared by Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat. All other male and female parts will be played in rotation by Keith Bartlett, John Dougall, Miranda Foster, Phoebe Fildes, Beruce Khan, Tom Lawrence, Jennifer Leong, Rawiri Paratene, Matthew Romain and Amanda Wilkin. Ladi Emeruwa (Hamlet) was born in Nigeria and now divides his time between London and Lagos, where his family are still based. He came to boarding school in England at the age of 10 and went on to study Law at the University of Bristol. Ladi is a recent graduate of LAMDA. He starred as Brutus in LAMDAs Julius Caesar at Wiltons Music Hall and on tour in Paris. Naeem Hayat (Hamlet) grew up in East London. He gave up his job as a painter and decorator to go to RADA, where he swiftly became one of his years star students. In his final year at drama school he played the title role in Richard III during the Globes Sam Wanamaker Festival. Keith Bartletts (Claudius/Polonius) long and distinguished career has included Michael Boyds Olivier Award-winning Histories Cycle with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Romeo & Juliet with Headlong and Sam Mendes Glengarry Glen Ross at the Donmar. He recently spent a year playing the Wizard of Oz in the West End musical Wicked.

John Dougall (Claudius/Polonius) first went on the road with the English Shakespeare Company 25 years ago and has been touring regularly ever since. He has performed and toured extensively with the RSC, the Oxford Stage Company and Propeller. He is a longstanding Globe veteran, having performed in Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, The Winters Tale, Coriolanus and Measure for Measure. Phoebe Fildes (Ophelia and others) is currently performing in the hit West End production of Once the Musical at the Phoenix Theatre. Miranda Foster (Gertrude and others) is the daughter of renowned stage and screen actor Barry Foster and singer Judith Shergold. Although her parents discouraged her from following in their footsteps, Miranda was bitten by the performance bug. In her first major role she played Anne Page opposite Ben Kingsley in the BBC TV adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has since played Charmian to Judi Denchs Cleopatra and Cordelia to Anthony Hopkins Lear at the National. Beruce Khan (Horatio/Laertes/Rosencrantz/Guildenstern) is an English-Pakistani actor who grew up in Sunderland. He made his Globe debut in Dominic Dromgooles Henry V. He is an avid Sunderland fan and intends to wear his Sunderland football shirt in every country in the world. Tom Lawrence (Horatio/Laertes/Rosencrantz/Guildenstern) is the only cast member to have also appeared in both the 2011 and 2012 tours of this production, playing six different roles across nine countries. Tom is a founding member of the pioneering theatre company Punchdrunk and performed major roles in all their early shows. He is also a talented tap dancer. Jennifer Leong (Ophelia and others) was born and educated in Hong Kong before coming to the UK to study Politics, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a protge of the Tang Shu Wing theatre company. Actor and activist Rawiri Paratene (Claudius/Polonius) is best known as the star of the Oscar-nominated film Whale Rider. He is a great advocate for Maori language and culture and for environmental issues in his native New Zealand. Rawiri toured the UK, Europe and the Caribbean last year with the Globes King Lear, performed in the Maori production of Troilus and Cressida during 2012s Globe to Globe Festival, and appeared in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe in 2009. In 2013 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film, television and theatre. Matthew Romain (Horatio/Laertes/Rosencrantz/Guildenstern) grew up in Maidenhead, the son of two rabbis. He studied Philosophy at the University of Glasgow before realizing that acting was the only thing he actually worked hard at. He then trained at the Bristol Old Vic

Theatre School. Matthew toured the UK and the US with the Globes 2012 production of Hamlet and also recently appeared in The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse. Amanda Wilkin (Ophelia and others) made her Globe debut last year in The Tempest and Gabriel. Amanda is of Jamaican heritage and grew up in Hackney. She is a jazz and blues singer-songwriter who performs regularly at Ronnie Scotts in London.

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