My wife, my mother, my lover

Real-life couples take the stage together in the 17th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival Of Arts, from Chinese actors Hu Jun and Lu Fang in an edgy take on Hamlet to Singapore’s Nelson Chia and Mia Chee in epistolary romance Love Letters. Taiwanese group M.O.V.E. Theatre pushes boundaries in the deconstructive dance-cum-music work Dear John, while singers such as Khalil Fong and Yoyo Sham from Hong Kong return to Singapore for solo concerts. Huayi, organised annually by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in celebration of Chinese New Year, runs this year from Feb 15 to 24.

The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark stars Hu Jun and Lu Fang (both left), who are a real-life couple.
The Tragedy Of Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark stars Hu Jun and Lu Fang, who are a real-life couple.PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

Few theatregoers are strangers to Hamlet, one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays.

But this modern Chinese adaptation by acclaimed Beijing theatre director Li Liuyi aims to reframe this revenge tragedy - by having a number of characters played by the same actors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline 'My wife, my mother, my lover'. Subscribe