Hamlet played by Naeem Hayat
Naeem returns to the Globe after appearing as part of Globe Education's Sam Wanamaker Festival in his final year at drama school.
Naeem is one of two actors playing Hamlet in the two-year worldwide tour of our pared-down, small-scale Hamlet, which will visit all 205 nations on earth.
“We were talking the other day about which parts of the story will resonate on a cultural level, a political level and most importantly I think the human side of things.”
In his third interview Naeem discusses what’s been happening in the final week of rehearsals, the rare opportunity to be able to watch the play you’re in, and the developing character of Hamlet.
“I think you sometimes take for granted how even the subtle, smaller relationships have an effect on each other. And I think Hamlet’s is one in a million in the respect that every person he interacts with has an effect on him and he on them, from the gravedigger to Claudius.”
In his second interview Naeem discusses Hamlet, the important relationships in the play, rehearsing for multiple venues in one space and the highs and lows of the first few weeks.
“Being in the rehearsal room has opened up so many things – how clever Hamlet is, how funny he is, how much wit he has. And that’s the thing about those speeches like to be or Not to be. He has such a sharp mind he questions things.”
In his first interview Naeem talk about his initial impressions of the play and of Hamlet, and how it compares to what he thought he knew about it before starting.