Shakespeare’s Globe, B4 Youth Theatre at RLJ Kendeja

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On March 7th, RLJ Kendeja resort along the Robertsfield Highway will host the historic production of Shakespare’s classic play Hamlet, featuring 17 actors and actresses from the London-based Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

The production is part of the Globe Theatre’s world tour, named and styled, ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’, taking professional players performing all across the world to perform the play. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is the premiere classical theatre performance group, founded by William Shakespeare himself in the late 1500s.

Monrovia is one of the final stops as the two-year ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ tour comes to the end of its run.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is partnering with local Liberian youth arts organization, B4 Youth Theatre, Inc. Founded by Jasmine Blanks and supported by board members in Liberia and the US, B4 Youth Theatre has been operating in Liberia since 2010, empowering young people to become educated citizens through the arts. As the premier theatre organization in Liberia today, this group has performed three times at Monrovia City Hall, each production attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The group also conducted “pop-up” theatre for Ebola awareness reaching more than 300,000 Liberians to share education on prevention, which was featured in a USA Today article with American movie actor Orlando Bloom, and given performances in Gbarnga, Buchanan and many areas of Montserrado.

The Shakespeare Globe Theatre of London is known all over the world as the premiere classical theatre performance group. William Shakespeare founded it in the 1500s. This is the same Shakespeare who wrote the play Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar. This is part of a two-year tour that has reached more than 200 countries since 2014. ‘It is a world-class event which will help introduce and endear millions of people to Shakespeare, to classical literature and the performing arts in general, and notably to Hamlet.

According to Biographyonline.net, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets. His early plays were mainly comedies (e.g. Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer’s
Night Dream) and histories (e.g. Henry V). It is generally thought that during the 1590s he wrote the majority of his sonnets. This was a time of prolific writing and his plays developed a good deal of interest and controversy.

By the early Seventeenth Century, Shakespeare had begun to write plays in the genre of tragedy. These plays, such as Hamlet, Othello and King Lear, often hinge on some fatal error or flaw in the lead character, and provide fascinating insights into the darker aspects of human nature. These later plays are considered Shakespeare’s finest achievements.

The plays of Shakespeare have been studied more than any other writing in the English language and have been translated into numerous languages. He was rare as a playwright for excelling in tragedies, comedies and histories. He deftly combined popular entertainment with a rare poetic capacity for expression which is almost mantric in quality.

One of the most quoted verses of William Shakespeare comes from the play, Hamlet, spoken by the character, Lord Polonius (Act I, Scene 3):

“This above all: to thine ownself be true; And it must follow, as the night the day; Thou canst not then be false to any man. Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!”

On the evening of the Hamlet production, there will be pre-show performances beginning at 5:30pm, including Liberian singers, rappers, dancers, youth drama from B4 Youth Theatre Gbarnga troupe, Mt. Barclay troupe and presentations from Montserrado Student Association Hamlet Book Club participants.

This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a performance of Hamlet by Shakespeare’s own legendary theatre company. ‘It is a world-class event which will help introduce and endear millions of people to Shakespeare, to classical literature and the performing arts in general, and notably to Hamlet,” stated B4 Theater.

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