Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that President Barack Obama visited Shakespeare’s Globe on the morning of 23 April, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The President was welcomed into the Globe Theatre by the cast of Hamlet, home from their two-year tour to almost every country on earth.
The Hamlet company performed a selection of scenes from the production for the President, before greeting him on the Globe stage. The company have returned home for the weekend for four final performances, having travelled over 300,000 km and played 293 performances at 202 venues in 197 countries.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “At the end of an extraordinary journey all around the world, it is great to return home to the Globe, and to be able to perform a few scenes and to be welcomed back by President Barack Obama. The spirit of ‘Yes we can’ has informed the entire tour, and it’s an honour to meet the man who coined the phrase, and who exemplifies its spirit.”
The President’s visit marks the start of a weekend of celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Over 23 and 24 April, Shakespeare’s Globe will be showing specially created short films of every single one of Shakespeare’s plays for free along the banks of the Thames, between Tower Bridge and Westminster. The project, entitled The Complete Walk, stars some of the UK’s finest actors and includes footage shot in the real locations of the plays, from Athens to the Ardennes, Vienna to Verona, Towton to the Tower of London. Each of the 37 screens will show one ten-minute film on a loop between 10am and 10pm on Saturday, and 10am and 8pm on Sunday. On the morning of Saturday 23 April, Southwark Cathedral are hosting a specially curated service for the anniversary, attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of Shakespeare’s Globe.