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September 5, 2013

Hamlet in Africa

William Shakespeare   (1564 - 1616)

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

by Steve King

On this day in 1607, Shakespeare’s Hamlet was performed on board the merchant ship, “Red Dragon,” anchored off the coast of Sierra Leone; scholars regard this amateur production by the ship’s crew as the first staging of a Shakespearean play outside of Europe, and one which predates any New World Hamlet by about 150 years.

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