Qatari and UK drama students share stage at Shakepeare’s Globe

As part of the Qatar-UK 2013 Year of Cultural exchange, Qatari and UK drama students will perform together on stage at Shakespeare's Globe.
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As part of the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, 42 students from UK-accredited drama schools will join together in a performance. They will be joined by two students from Doha as part of the Qatar-UK 2013 Year of Cultural exchange between the two countries.

‘The Sam Wanamaker Festival is always an exciting and festive celebration involving the UK’s most promising classical actors,’ Patrick Spottiswood, Director of Globe Education, said.

‘This year we are delighted to welcome two students from Qatar as part of Qatar-UK 2013 celebrations.’

The festival offers an invaluable opportunity for aspiring performers. Several past participants have jigged their way straight into the Globe theatre company and begun their professional careers on the Globe stage.

They include David Oakes, who went on to perform in the 2009 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost; Ella Smith from Bedlam in 2010; and Chris Starkey and Nathan Medina who appeared in the 2012 production of Henry V.

‘Sam Wanamaker first saw a Globe Theatre in Chicago when he was a student. He spent 23 years working tirelessly to rebuild Shakespeare’s Globe on the banks of the river Thames,’ Spottiswood commented.

‘He would be thrilled to see student actors from across the world making the Globe their home in this way.’

The Sam Wanamaker Festival is supported the Leverhulme Trust and is presented in association with Drama UK. 

Tickets for the performance priced £10 seated or £5 standing, are available from the Box Office at Shakespeare’s Globe on 020 7401 9919 or at

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