British Council kicks off events in Singapore to commemorate the 400 death anniversary of Shakespeare by involving local talent in Singapore
The bard passed away 400 years ago but his reputation is solid as ever and his popularity is as great as ever. To commemorate this English legend’s 400 anniversary, following a call by British Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the life and works of Shakespeare, the British Council has a launched a year-long programme to bring Shakespeare’s work and legend to the local community.
On 23 April, the British High Commission and British Council will commemorate Shakespeare Day with a series of events and talks, involving local talents and institutions such as libraries, museums, educators and theatre groups.
‘Even 400 years after his death, we still see the impact of Shakespeare around the world,’ said HE Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner in Singapore, addressing the media on 9 March. ‘Love, hatred, jealousy, corruption–whatever you want to find in human emotion, it is all there in Shakespeare. The bard still speaks directly to us, no matter where we live.’
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Singapore Repertory Theatre to present Romeo & Juliet as part of Shakespeare in the Park series
Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) will present Romeo & Juliet as the ninth production in the Shakespeare in the Park series, the theatre group announced on 9 March. Some past productions from the series include The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.
“2016 is an extra special year for Shakespeare in the Park, as the world marks the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare with celebrations of his life and works,” a SRT spokesperson said. “To join in on the celebrations, SRT has chosen to stage what is probably Shakespeare’s most well-loved play, which has had a profound influence on music, film, theatre and debates over the years.”
According to SRT, its production of Romeo & Juliet will be the biggest Shakespeare production in this part of the world in 2016. It will be a stunning contemporary production created by some of the best theatre practitioners on and off stage.
“Our production of Romeo & Juliet focuses on the breathless quality of the play, of love tragically cut off before it ever really begins,” said Daniel Slater, Director of Romeo & Juliet. “Set in a modern dystopia, our production presents a heartbreaking tale of forbidden love, fatal choices and passion bigger than life itself. Come to the park to recapture the feeling that never leaves you: first love.”
The annual tradition of Shakespeare in the Park attracts up to 30,000 people from all walks of life and is an anchor event in the cultural calendars of many.
The young lovers will be portrayed by Thomas Pang (Tribes) and Cheryl Tan (Beauty World and Red Riding Hood), with Remesh Panicker, Shane Mardjuki and Daniel Jenkins in other leading roles.