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20/02/01
National in 'Bomb of Emotion' on Serbia
- Hamlet lights cigars in Belgrade

THE ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE'S acclaimed version of Hamlet has transferred to Belgrade for a four day run. Two years after Britain bombed Belgrade and four months after Serbs overthrew Milosevic tyranny, the Yugoslav capital greeted the peace gesture with as much enthusiasm as the end of Serbian isolation.

Tickets for the British Council-funded production sold out in just two hours. Young Serbs openly disregarded fire and safety regulations as they crammed into the overhead balcony, and the new British ambassador to Belgrade prefaced the show with a speech of thanks.

Directed by John Caird of Les Miserable fame, the tale of one man's struggle to avenge his father's death transcended the language barrier and made front-page news. "Then, we had a bombing. Now we are experiencing a bomb of emotion," said Nevenka Aleksic, deputy director of the British Council in Belgrade.





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