Happy Birthday, Will!
‘Fun-packed’ isn’t a phrase you often hear associated with ‘Hamlet’. However, I think the Globe theatre has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek (at least I hope so) because it’s advertising a special day on Sunday April 19th to celebrate Will’s birthday.
And in classic Shakespearian style they’re planning ‘to mark the mid-point of our two year Globe To Globe Hamlet tour’ with this year’s party ‘themed around the world’s most famous tragic prince.’ What are they going to do, I hear you ask? Stage duels? Open a herb garden? (‘Here rosemary…for £1.50!’) Almost. Here’s what they’re suggesting you come along and do.
‘Jump around on Elsinore bouncy castle, dig for skulls in the grave diggers’ ball pit, try your luck at our skull coconut shy or enjoy a spot of face painting or cake decorating.’
Thank God it’s not ‘Macbeth’ is all I can say.
As well as various funfair-type events like ‘Mocking Polonius’ and the ‘Get Thee To A Nunnery’ driving skill game there’ll be free movies;
‘The screenings include Laurence Oliver’s masterful 1948 adaptation, Zeffirelli’s Oedipal interpretation starring Mel Gibson, Glenn Close and Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh’s seminal, star-studded and completely unabridged version and Disney’s award winning family reimagining, The Lion King.’
Did I miss something in that last bit? Was ‘Hakuna Matata’ lifted from a Hamlet speech? Actually I kind of liked Zeffirelli’s two-fisted fighting Hamlet. No namby-pamby indecision for Mel! It was certainly better that Kenneth Branagh reimagining Elsinore as Westfield.
Looks like I’ll be heading to the Globe then…see you there!