Not many people knew I took Literature all the way up to University. For my GCE ‘O’ Level Literature text, it was none other than Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. So when I heard that Singapore Repertory Theatre is presenting Romeo & Juliet in this year’s ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ series, I was stoked. I was even more pleased when I saw that the young lovers will be portrayed by Thomas Pang (Tribes) and our favourite Cheryl Tan (from Beauty World, Three Billy Goats Gruff and Red Riding Hood), with Remesh Panicker, Shane Mardjuki and Daniel Jenkins in other leading roles. This is THE production of the year that theatre-lovers should not miss.
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 Singapore’s cultural calendar. But 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.
David has always been a fan of Shakespeare in the Park. I still remember one year in our early marriage days, he surprised me by turning up at the school I was teaching in after work on Valentines’ Day evening and surprised me with tickets to Otello. We rushed directly to Fort Canning Park famished and flustered from the peak hour traffic (it was then that the hubby learnt I am not a big fan of surprises). This year, with ample time and planning, I hope to make it a more enjoyable date night, preferably with a well-stocked picnic basket, with tips from this website – Heading to Shakespeare in the Park? Here’s what to pack in your picnic basket
Head over to http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/park0516 for more details now!
Past productions from the Shakespeare in the Park series include The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. SRT’s production of Romeo & Juliet will be the biggest Shakespeare production in this part of the world in 2016.
Our production of Romeo & Juliet focuses on the breathless quality of the play, of love tragically cut off before it ever really begins. 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.” – Daniel Slater, Director of Romeo & Juliet
Performances: Wed, 27 Apr – Sun, 22 May 2016
Prices: From S$40 (student and group concessions available)
Venue: Fort Canning Park
Timing: 730pm Wed to Sun (Park opens at 6.30pm)
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (inclusive of 15 minutes interval)
For Tickets and Discounts: Please call SISTIC’s Ticketing Hotline at 6348 5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg
Thanks to our sponsor SRT, we want to give you a chance to spread your picnic blanket under the stars and relish in the greatest love story ever told. Two lucky readers will each win a pair of tickets to watch Romeo & Juliet on Thurs 28 April 2016, 7.30pm at Fort Canning Park.
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The giveaway ends 17 April 2016, 11.59pm and is open to readers in Singapore. The winners will be contacted using the contact particulars provided when entering this draw and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. Tickets are to be collected at the Gothic Gates at least half an hour before the show starts on the day of performance. No requests for change of dates will be entertained. All incomplete and unverified entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winner is announced. Please note that all fake Facebook and Instgram accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no authentic posts or very few real friends) will be disqualified. All the best!