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Kim Cattrall, Jamael Westman and more in Shakespeare's Globe film for World Refugee Day

The short film sees performers speak Shakespeare’s speech at the Globe

Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
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Stars including Kim Cattrall, Jamael Westman, Noma Dumezweni and Lena Headey have come together to star in a short film to mark World Refugee Day.

Both professional actors and refugees from Syria, Sierra Leone and South Sudan speak lines from Shakespeare's speech "The Stranger's Case" from Sir Thomas More.

Filmed in the Globe's main stage and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the speech is one of the earliest defences of a compassionate immigration policy. The original play was written and edited by several playwrights including Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker and Shakespeare.

Michelle Terry, artistic director of the Globe said: "The Stranger's Case is Thomas More's sadly still relevant plea to the rioting masses as they attack and reject the "wretched strangers, their babies at their backs and their poor luggage, plodding to the ports and coasts for transportation."

"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 kinds of stories."

The film is presented with the International Rescue Committee, an organisation which responds to humanitarian crises by helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being and power.