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Globe cast to tour Hamlet to 'every country on earth'

Shakespeare's Globe is set to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birth by taking a production of Hamlet to every country on earth.

The Globe Theatre, central London. Credit: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

The "unprecedented theatrical adventure" will travel across seven continents by boat, sleeper train, 4x4, tall ship, bus and plane to some of the world's most inaccessible places.

Shakespeare's Globe said it aimed to perform the production at venues ranging from village squares and beaches to palaces and national theatres in 205 nations

The cast of eight actors will begin the tour in 2014 on April 23 - thought to be Shakespeare's birthday and complete it by April 23 2016 - believed to be the 400th anniversary of his death.


400 year old Shakespeare signature

William Shakespeare Credit: PA

A 400-year old property deed, signed by William Shakespeare, is the highlight of a new exhibition at London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. The deed is one of only six documents in the world to bear his authenticated signature.

Shakespeare and London, which opens next Tuesday, explores the relationship between the bard and the capital, and how his plays have lived on through London's performers, streets and theatres.