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Danish prince killed above BeirutAudience members are still looking for their seats in the Emile Bustani auditorium when several onstage musicians stop their pre-performance tuning ritual and burst into song. Once the tune is done, actor Tom Lawrence welcomes the audience to the troupe's 156th performance of this evening's play. Before you can say "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," the violins, accordion and percussion have melted into the background, and Lawrence and two colleagues begun the play's opening scene. "Hamlet" is among Shakespeare's best-known works. Before the curtain rose Monday evening, actors Amanda Wilkin and Naeem Hayat and producer Malu Ansaldo sat down to chat about this energetic face of "Hamlet" and the Globe to Globe project that, between 2014 and 2016, will have seen this cast perform "Hamlet" in just about every country on earth.Hayat, Wilkin and Ansaldo say they appreciate the Globe's version of Shakespeare for its irreverence to Shakespeare's text.The Globe's "Hamlet" is an impressive contemporary theater production.
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