After weeks of anticipation which saw lots of celebrities take to social media to channel their inner Hamlet by reciting lines from the play, the Shakespeare’s Globe to Globe production was staged at the Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos on March 4, 2015 to a standing ovation.
The day started with a press conference held at “The Love Garden” of the MUSON Centre with local and international press keen to get a glimpse of Nigeria’s very own, Ladi Emeruwa who in the shared role of Hamlet, later thrilled fans alongside an impressive international cast and crew of seventeen.
Nigeria’s very own Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, welcomed the international Globe Theatre a in an email;
“l extend an unabashedly nepotistic welcome to "he that place the prince"- OUR OWN SON! - as we say in these parts - on loan to your company until we have completed the restoration of our own Globe Theatre if only we could find it's location.”
The tour continued on Thursday 5 March 2015, with an abridged performance at the St. Saviours School, Ikoyi, Emeruwa’s alma mater.
The Hamlet Globe to Globe tour opened at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.
Directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, the first African performance was at Algeria's National Theatre.
After the Nigeria, the company will continue their tour on to the Republic of Benin.