The Hamlet Voyage by Rex Obano [London]
20-23 July 2022

Bridewell Theatre

The Hamlet Voyage by Rex Obano –
Bridewell Theatre

Directed by: Ben Prusiner
Presented by: Re: Verse Theatre

Hamlet was performed in 1607 in Sierra Leone. We want to know why.

The Hamlet Voyage is a new play about the first record of Shakespeare being performed outside Europe: a production of Hamlet, acted by sailors in 1607 for West African dignitaries, during the first English voyage to reach Mughal India.

Join us for a theatrical critique of the very beginnings of British colonial ambitions. Drawing on classical performance across three continents — from Shakespeare & sea shanties to West African storytelling & drumming to South Asian music & puppetry — we will examine this cross-cultural encounter that took place before England became deeply involved in the Atlantic slave trade, before the age of British imperialism, and before Shakespeare became a global name.

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NEED TO KNOW: The Hamlet Voyage by Rex Obano is at the Bridewell Theatre Bride Lane Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ from 20-23 July 2022 | This show is suitable for audiences 13+. | Trigger warnings: scenes of violence, racist language, references to suicide, sexual violence & animal cruelty. A post-show discussion will take place following the Saturday matinee