Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is to take Hamlet to every nation on earth – including some which have never before seen a professional production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
The ambitious tour will mark two anniversaries – 23 April 2016 is 400 years since the Bard’s death.
The events will also link in with the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth next April.
The Globe’s artistic director Dominic Dromgoole called the event “a thrill”.
The theatre will spend two years touring the play to every country on the planet – almost 200 of them, ending on 23 April 2016.
The hope is the same actors will perform the play worldwide, staying abroad for about two months at a time. When suggested to Dromgoole it might prove a daunting commitment for his cast, he disagreed.