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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Shakespeare Globe to Globe Tour Visited Manila as Philippine Destination

In honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday, Globe Theatre's Globe to Globe tour will visit over 200 countries in a 2-year period. The tour features 12 players from the world-recognized company performing the Bard's iconic play Hamlet

Even though Hamlet and Shakespeare's works in general have been interpreted a lot of times in the Philippines, it will be the first time to have the Globe performers on stage.

“It’s historic because the Globe, as you know, is the place where most of Shakespeare’s plays were premiered, and it’s known as the birthplace of Shakespearian drama,” said Chris Millado, artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). “We’re very excited to have Shakespeare’s Globe here interact and resonate with our own work here, with our own actors, with our own productions here in the Philippines.”

Carlos Celdran played a major role in bringing the Globe to the Philippines. “This is done by the Globe Theatre, the original theater company of Shakespeare, so you’re seeing this at the very source,” said Celdran. “It’s not only an example of great British culture, but also shows Filipinos here how it’s really played, how it’s really supposed to be played.”

The players performed at the CCP’s Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino last August 23 with no microphones, no curtains, and minimal lighting design, just like how the play would have been performed during Shakespeare’s time. A lot of Filipinos await their revisit.

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Via CNN Philippines

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