In The New York Times Book Review, Stephen Greenblatt reviews Dominic Dromgoole’s “Hamlet Globe to Globe.” Greenblatt writes:
“Hamlet Globe to Globe” is a compulsively readable, intensely personal chronicle of performances in places as various as Djibouti and Gdansk, Taipei and Bogotá. The book is in large part a tribute to the perils and pleasures of touring. The Globe troupe had to possess incredible stamina. Keeping up an exhausting pace for months on end — Lesotho on the 1st of April, Swaziland on the 3rd, Mozambique on the 5th, Malawi on the 8th, Zimbabwe on the 10th, Zambia on the 12th, and on and on — they would fly in, hastily assemble their set, unpack their props and costumes, shake hands with officials, give interviews to the local press, and mount the stage for two and a half hours of ghostly haunting, brooding soliloquies, madcap humor, impulsive stabbing, feigned and real madness, graveside grappling, swordplay and the final orgy of murder. Then after a quick job of disassembling and packing, they were off to the next country.
On this week’s podcast, Dromgoole talks about “Hamlet Globe to Globe”; Judith Newman discusses new books about sex and relationships; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; and John Williams and Gregory Cowles on what people are reading. Pamela Paul is the host.
Here are the books mentioned in this week’s “What We’re Reading”:
“Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann
“Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give” by Ada Calhoun
“American War” by Omar El Akkad
“A Good Life” by Ben Bradlee
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