Shakespeare's Globe

Hamlet [2016]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole & Bill Buckhurst

Learning of his father’s death, Prince Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder’. 

Encompassing political intrigue, obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s ‘poem unlimited’, a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of his genius.

On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe embarked upon a two-year global tour of Hamlet. On 24 April 2016 - the weekend of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - the tour returned home to play its final show at Shakespeare's Globe. Sixteen extraordinary men and women have travelled across the seven continents, playing in 197 countries to a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues.

For more information about the tour, visit

Naeem Hayat and Phoebe Fildes featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.


  • Designer Jonathan Fensom
  • Composer Bill Barclay
  • Original music by Laura Forrest-Hay


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