UNESCO and IRD Bring Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Zaatari


27 October 2015

UNESCO in partnership with IRD and UNHCR supports the Globe to Globe project’s production of Hamlet in their effort to bring Shakespeare to a Syrian audience.

Zaatari, 25 October 2015 –On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Shakespeare’s Globe has embarked upon a two-year global tour to perform Hamlet in every country in the world. The ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, brought its production to a Syrian audience on October 25, 2015 at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Through the support of the UNESCO Amman office, IRD, and UNHCR, Syrians in Zaatari Camp had the opportunity to see a professional Shakespearean production.

Zaatari is no stranger to Shakespeare. In 2014, interpretations of both ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear’ were performed by Syrian refugee children through the “Shakespeare in Zaatari” program supervised by Syrian actor and director Nawaar Bulbul. Some of those children along with students from IRD’s theatre course and other students involved in theatre related programming attended the Globe performance, and had a chance to interact with the Globe’s cast following the play.

According to Globe to Globe director Dominic Dromgoole, “Globe to Globe Hamlet, which was launched on 23 April 2014, was created with the aim of performing Hamlet to as many people as possible, in as diverse a range of places as possible. The central principle of the tour is that Shakespeare can entertain and speak to anyone, no matter where they are on earth…” For its engagement with local communities and its promotion of cultural education, the tour was granted UNESCO patronage. 

The UNESCO Amman office in partnership with IRD and UNHCR is happy to support Globe to Globe in bringing their production to a Syrian audience at Zaatari refugee camp—helping the production to meet their goal of performing in every country in the world. The performance will take place at the IRD’s District 2 Community Centre at 11am on October 25, 2015.