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Hamlet comes to Afghanistan

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 01:22

British actors perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet to an audience in Kabul. Angela Moore reports.

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[MUSIC] All the drama of William Shakespeare's Hamlet took center stage inside a tent at the British embassy in Kabul. The performance in war-ravaged Afghanistan is part of the two-year-long tour by Britain's Globe Theatre company. The tale of a Danish prince and his quest to avenge the murder of his father is filled with political intrigue, betrayal and obsession. Themes not lost on Afghanistan. Although this production of Hamlet was performed near the site of a rocket attack the night before, the audience focused its attention on the actors. SOUNDBITE: Masood Hunardost, Afghan theatre student, saying (Dari): "It's really interesting for us to watch such a performance by British. We see a lot of innovation through these actors and that can be really useful for us. Watching such an academic play is good for us because we have not gone to other countries and we don't know how such shows are being performed elsewhere." The theatre group is in its final months of a mission to perform Hamlet in every country in the world. So far, the group has performed everywhere from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to Cuba.

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Hamlet comes to Afghanistan

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 01:22