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Obama tours London theater to celebrate Shakespeare

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He stood in the open-air theatre and watched intently as the actors performed a medley of different scenes from the tragedy, including the famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy.

Around the world: A two-year tour of the world by 16 members of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company will entail performances of Hamlet in nearly 200 countries by the time the tour ends in April.

Yep, the BBC’s live celebration of William Shakespeare on Saturday night saw HRH Prince Charles come out on stage to tell Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Ian McKellen exactly how Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark’s line should be read.

“Let me shake hands with everyone”.

The performers returned to London on Friday from their world tour, and will perform their four final shows at the Globe this weekend. “That was wonderful. I don’t want it to stop”.

Performances of Hamlet and the Bard’s other plays were also on the agenda in Stratford, where street artists in Elizabethan costumes erupted into verse, including a group who had traveled from Kentucky, in the United States, to set up stage outside the house where Shakespeare was born.

“The spirit of “Yes we can” has informed the entire tour and it’s an honor to meet the man who coined the phrase, and who exemplifies its spirit”, Dromgoole said.

Hosted by David Tennant on Shakespeare’s birthday, and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon, the star-studded show celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy.

Earlier Charles visited the last resting place of the Bard at Holy Trinity Church, laying a wreath at his grave, after touring the site of a new garden located on what was the location of the world-renowned playwright’s former home.

From Warsaw, to Dubai and Las Vegas, Shakespeare’s work will also be playing to packed houses to mark the occasion, highlighting the worldwide appeal of the English language’s leading playwright.

Thomas Cummings

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