Obama visits Globe on Shakepeare’s 400th anniversary


The US President Barack Obama visited the Globe theatre on his last day in London, marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s day of death in 1616.

When touring in the theatre, the US President was asking questions about the performances and seating as well as spend several minutes observing the architechture of the open-air theatre dedicated for Shakespeare’s work.

Mr Obama also watched a brief performance of a collection of scenes of Hamlet, including the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy.The talented actors performing Hamlet for Mr Obama have played for more than 100 000 people in 197 countries during their two-year-tour. At the end of the play Obama described the play as “wonderful”.

The artistic director of the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole was touched by Mr Obama’s visit saying that his famous phrase ‘Yes we can’ has “inspired the entire spirit of the tour”.


Before touring in the Globe theatre, Mr Obama had visited London’s Royal Horticultural Halls, where he encouraged young British people to reject pessimism, cynicism and isolationism. The President made clear in his speech that he does not want the UK to leave the EU. On Friday Obama also discussed about the EU topic when meeting David Cameron and later the Queen. On Friday night the President had dinner with her wife Lady Michelle, the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge in Kensington Palace. Obama was also deligted to see Prince George who stayed up in his pyjamas to meet the US President.

There are various celebrations across the country throughout the day to celebrate Shakepeare’s anniversary. The Globe is screening short scenes from all together 37 of Shakespeare’s plays shown on massive screens along the banks of the Thames River between Westminster and Tower Bridge. There will be a BBC live celebration tonight hosted by David Tennant at the Royal Shakespeare Thetre. Prince Charles and the Dutchess of Cornwall are set to attend the celebration as well.