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  • 10 March 2014, 16:52

Globe Theatre To Stage Hamlet In North Korea

The Globe Theatre is to take a production of Hamlet to North Korea next year.

The actors will perform in September 2015 as part of the theatre's two-year 'Globe to Globe' tour marking the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth.

Critics of the secretive state have already drawn comparisons between the plot of the tragedy and the regime of Kim Jong-Un.

Hamlet, which is set in Denmark, revolves around family feuds and Hamlet's murder of his uncle Polonius.

In December last year, Mr Kim ordered the execution of his own uncle, Jang Song-Thaek.

Mr Jang, once the country's unofficial number two and Mr Kim's political mentor, was put to death on December 12 on an array of charges including corruption and plotting to overthrow the state.

The theatre has pledged to send a "small company of actors" to perform Hamlet in every country in the world, beginning the tour on April 23 this year, Shakespeare's birthday.

In a statement given to Sky News, the theatre said they "do not believe that anyone should be excluded from the chance to experience this play".

It said: "We have decided that every country means every country, since we believe that every country is better off for the presence of Hamlet.

"Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where in the world they are. We have always believed that cultural communication, and different peoples talking to each other through art, is a force for good in the world.

"Like all the best works of art, Hamlet instigates discussion and dialogue, and like any theatre, we wish to play to, and interact with, as many people as we possibly can, in as diverse a range of locations as possible."

The exact tour dates for North Korea are yet to be confirmed.