Shakespeare’s Globe have announced a performance of Hamlet at the Calais jungle, where thousands of refugees are currently camped.
The performance on February 3 will take place at the temporary theatre in the jungle Good Chance.
It is believed around 6,000 refugees and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere across the world are currently based in the camp.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “This performance will be yet another wonderful example of this ground-breaking tour’s ability to reach displaced people across the world.
“It’s a privilege that our Hamlet company have been able to perform in the Calais Jungle and our thanks go to Good Chance for enabling this.”
Good Chance have already seen a number of performances and events put on for the displaced people, including dance workshops, shows and even a catwalk.
The Hamlet company from Shakespeare’s Globe have performed around the world to displaced people, with shows in Jordan for Syrian refugees, and the Democratic Republic of Congo refugees in Cameroon.
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, Artistic Directors of Good Chance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet to the jungle.
“As a production which has travelled to audiences all over the world, it is fitting that it visits the camp here in Calais, where the fault lines of over 20 different nations meet.
“The Good Chance Theatre welcomes people of all ages and nationalities to share in the different cultures and traditions that provide the only positive aspect of this situation.
“The production is a message of solidarity with the people here, and testament to the power of theatre to unite.”
This performance is part of Shakepeare’s Globe’s programme marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Hamlet will be performed at the jungle refugee camp in Calais on February 3. For more information, click here.
Image: Good Chance Theatre