By: J.Raven Yep
Are you in the mood for some Shakespeare but not in the mood to pick up that published edition and reading through it? Then the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and The Bridge Project has something for you.
SRT is proud to be one of the five co-commissioners of The Bridge Project, a major new venture run by Kevin Spacey (Academy Award winner for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty) for director Sam Mendes (Academy Award winner for American Beauty), Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic in London.
Also probably known to be the most prestigious global theatrical event this year, The Bridge Project is also co-commissioned with with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, THE EDGE®, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Teatro Español de Madrid.
With SRT presenting the Singapore leg of The Bridge Project with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore has the honour of being the first and only Asian stop on its world-tour in March 2009. “This will be the most important theatrical event anywhere in the world in 2009,” says SRT’s Artistic Director Gaurav Kripalani, “To have Singapore Repertory Theatre listed as one of the co-commissioners on every poster and newspaper ad around the world is incredible.”
The Shakespeare piece, The Winter’s Tale, comprises of a star-studded cast from both the United Kingdom (Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack and Rebecca Hall) and the United States (Richard Easton, Josh Hamilton and Ethan Hawke) with Sam Mendes as its director.
So all Literary Buffs and Shakespeare Fans, grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and get some tickets!
** Read our review of The Winter’s Tale here. [MORE]
The Bridge Project – Winter’s Tale
26th to 31st March 2009
Thursday to Tuesday 8pm/ 3pm matinee Sat, Sun and Tuesday
Tickets From: $40 to $325, Available from SISTIC
The performance I saw yesterday will remain fresh in my memory for a long time. It was a spectacular presentation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Truth be told, I got the tickets for the play because of the names like Rebecca Hall and Ethan Hawk. But the play had much more to offer than just two well-known faces from the movies.
The first thing that struck me was the stage design and perfect lighting. For the complete three hours, I sat mesmerized by the magical lighting on the stage. The nimble transition between scenes, the stage and the secreen, was another thing that left me very impressed. I realize the credit for the over all effect that I found so spectacular goes to the set designer, lighting designer, illusionist, sound designer, costumes, makeup, hairstylist etc. But whatever magic all these people weaved together, left my visual senses very pleased.
The second thing that impressed me was the voice acting. I understand the play had all acclaimed theater personalities like Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Rebecca Hall, Ethan Hawk, Richard Easton, and Josh Hamilton. Maybe because I sat a little too far from the stage, it was their dialogue delivery, their dialect, and the varying pitch of their voices that struck me first.
For someone who is not a fan of Shakespearean English, the dialogues were very lucid. I also found some much-unexpected elements of mirth in the play that had the audience clapping with joy. Until the intermission, the play’s tone is serious and even tense, but the audience is in for a happy surprise when the curtain lifts post drinks. There is music, there is dance, and there is much frolicking around (mostly by Ethan Hawk, but others give company.)
The ending of the play is most gorgeously done. The lighting, the acting, and the sounds are all well mingled to produce a lasting image that stays with you even after the lights of the car park blind you on your way home.
– Anupma Sharma
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