Shakespeare's Globe returns to Singapore

Shakespeare’s Globe previously performed the tragedy Hamlet (above) at Capitol Theatre in Singapore in 2015.
Shakespeare’s Globe previously performed the tragedy Hamlet (above) at Capitol Theatre in Singapore in 2015. PHOTO: BRONWEN SHARP

The group will stage three of the Bard's plays in September

Shakespeare's Globe is returning to Singapore in September with three of the Bard's plays: comedies Twelfth Night, The Merchant Of Venice and The Taming Of The Shrew.

The shows, to be staged at the School of the Arts Concert Hall from Sept 18 to 22, are part of the British company's world tour that will also have stops in countries such as Austria, Spain and Germany.

In Singapore, the final two shows to be held on Sept 22 will be known as "audience choice" performances - which means that the audience will get to pick the play out of the three that itwishes to see that day, just before the show begins.

This harks back to how theatre companies toured back in the day, with actors trained to take on a variety of roles in multiple plays.

Michelle Terry, artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe, said in a press release: "Our merry band will have three plays up their sleeve and leaving the responsibility to choose the entertainment to the most powerful person in our household: the audience.

"It's experimental, it's experiential, it's Shakespearean, it's shared and it's at the heart of all that we do. I'm excited to see what the people of Singapore will be picking."

  • BOOK IT / TWELFTH NIGHT/ THE MERCHANT OF VENICE/ THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

  • WHERE: School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive

    WHEN: Sept 18 to 22

    ADMISSION: From $88 to $148 (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg). A 15 per cent early-bird discount is available until June 30 for all shows except The Taming Of The Shrew (Sept 21, 7.45pm) and "audience choice" (Sept 22, 2.30 and  7.45pm).

Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the 1599 open-air theatre, in London, a resource dedicated to the exploration of English playwright William Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote.

It had previously performed the tragedy Hamlet at Capitol Theatre in 2015.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'Shakespeare's Globe returns to Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe