The Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is known for producing Shakespeare hits year on year, with their renditions of Shakespeare in the Park, and even acclaimed director Sam Mendes and The Bridge Project earlier on. Shakespeare in the Park is on a break this 2019, but that isn’t stopping The Bard from leaving his mark on SRT, as for three nights only, the company presents RSC Live!, featuring film screenings of three modern interpretations of Shakespeare’s works as performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Each performance will also be followed by a complimentary sharing by a Shakespeare theatre veteran. See what’s in store below:
RSC Live! kicks off with Polly Findlay’s The Merchant of Venice on Wednesday, 12th June, following the tale of best friends Antonio and Bassanio as they become entangled in the affairs of the Jewish moneylender Shylock. Trade gets bloody as a contract between Bassanio and Shylock goes wrong, and racial tensions run high, while Shylock’s own daughter gets caught in the action. To what extents will this wronged father go to for justice, as he attempts to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood?
RSC Live! continues on 13th June with Simon Godwin’s Hamlet, casting the royal Danish family as black (as opposed to a traditional white cast), and is almost certainly the most tragic of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Young teenager Hamlet has it all, but when his father suddenly dies, he returns to Denmark to find that his home is utterly changed, with a new world order in place, a new stepfather, and nefarious traitors and liars lying in every corner. Brooding, Hamlet must find a way out of this, as he tussles between trying to find an ingenious solution and exacting bloody revenge on this imperfect world.
Finally, RSC Live! 2019 ends with Iqbal Khan’s Othello on 14th June, as our story follows the Moorish warrior, husband, and Venetian defender Othello against enemies. But Othello faces plenty of enemies of his own, as men are prejudiced and jealous enough to want to destroy him completely. His opponents plot in the shadows, and before long, it becomes far too late to realise that it is his own pride that will eventually lead to his downfall. Othello will be played by film and TV veteran Hugh Quarshie, alongside Lucian Msamati in the role of Iago.
RSC Live! screens at the KC Arts Centre from 12th to 14th June 2019. Tickets available here