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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 8:51 p.m.

LONDON — Shakespeare's Globe theater is about to take the Bard's words literally — “All the world's a stage.”

The London theater announced on Tuesday that it plans to tour a production of “Hamlet” to every country in the world, some 205 nations and territories in all.

The small-scale production, performed by a cast of eight, will tour the world between April 2014 and April 23, 2016 — the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

“By train, coach, plane and boat, we aim to take this wonderful, iconic, multifarious play to as many fresh ears as we possibly can,” said Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole.

The target of 205 nations and territories could vary a little, and exactly what constitutes a country is in some cases contested. The United Nations has 193 member states, while there were 204 teams in the London Olympics.

“We are aware that it is insanely ambitious,” said Globe spokeswoman Emma Draper.

Venues have yet to be determined, but will include Helsingor in Denmark — also known as Elsinore, where Shakespeare's tragedy is set.

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