Noma Dumezweni and Kim Cattrall star in refugee film for Shakespeare’s Globe
Game of Thrones actors Lena Headey and Indira Varma star alongside refugees in a video produced at Shakespeare’s Globe to mark World Refugee Day.
Other performers who feature include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child actor Noma Dumezweni, Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall and Hamilton’s Jamael Westman.
The video was produced by Shakespeare’s Globe in London and humanitarian charity the International Rescue Committee to stand in solidarity with refugees.
Actors and refugees recite ‘the stranger’s case’ speech from Shakespeare’s play Sir Thomas More in the short film, which also features Harry Potter actor Alfred Enoch, actor Sophie Thompson, and singer-songwriter Yasmin Kadi.
They perform alongside Mohand Hasb Alrosol Badr, who is from South Sudan, as well as architect Sawsan Abou Zeinedin, Sana Kikhia and Rayan Azhari, who are all from Syria.
Dumezweni said: “World Refugee Day is a unique opportunity to celebrate the contributions that refugees make to societies around the world.
“Having lived in Uganda, I feel deeply connected to the issues facing refugees and people on the move, as Uganda itself hosts around 800,000 refugees. I agree with Shakespeare – it’s important that we show our humanity and welcome them.”
The film launches the Globe’s programming for Refugee Week, and will be screened across the site throughout the week.
Michelle Terry, artistic director at the Globe, said: “If Shakespeare is our greatest humanist writer, then it is our humanitarian duty to respond to his own clarion call.
“Where better than the embrace of our wooden O, or the warmth of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, in an organisation that was conceived of and created by Sam Wanamaker who himself sought refuge in this country after being blacklisted by his own, to tell these kind of stories.”
David Miliband, chief executive, of the International Rescue Committee, said: “Shakespeare knew that refugees needed help and so should we.
“In his time it was the Lombards fleeing their homes and communities. Today people are fleeing their homes and communities in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar.”