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Hamlet takes to the stage at the United Nations

Published on Aug 5, 2014 6:28 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - A special performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet takes to the stage on Monday at a venue that often seeks to address human tragedy worldwide - the United Nations.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre brought its world tour to the UN's New York headquarters for performance on a specially constructed stage inside one of the General Assembly's many committee chambers.

Hamlet also kicked off the month-long British presidency of the 15-member Security Council, the UN's top decision-making body, with conflict in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Libya and east Ukraine set to be major bones of contention.

"It's a play that deals with the human condition, essentially, so that's shared with every nation in the world," said Miranda Foster, who plays Hamlet's shadowy mother, Gertrude.

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