For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo
What do picnic blankets and timeless Shakespeare classics have in common? Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That’s right! The Singapore Repertory Theatre is back with Shakespeare in the Park! Taking place on Fort Canning Green from late April to May, this year’s instalment features Romeo and Juliet– the enduring tale of two star-crossed lovers. If merely hearing about outdoor theatre isn’t enough to excite you, here are 5 reasons why you need to attend the event!
Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story ever told.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives
Love at first sight. A tale of tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet tells of the passionate but forbidden love between the son of Montague and the daughter of Capulet. As you enjoy the play, reminisce about your first, all-consuming love at the age of innocence. Their romance is, however, short-lived because of their rancorous family feud.
It’s a whole lot of fun!
Image Credits: Singapore Repertory Theatre
Think lush green lawns and checkered picnic mats, and spend an evening under the stars with your family and friends. Be transported to the fair city of Verona and lose yourself in the whirlwind romance between the two young lovers. Shakespeare in the Park promises a magical evening and besides, an outdoor theatre experience will definitely be a memorable and unique one!
This production is a collaboration of big names and local talent.
Fun fact: Did you know the planning of Shakespeare in the Park starts at least 12 months before the premiere?
This year’s production is directed by Daniel Slater, a British theatre and opera director who has gained international recognition as one of today’s leading directors in the scene. Award-winning set designer Francis O’Connor is also on the production’s creative team, designing a bold and contemporary stage set of a modern metropolis. The play features soundscapes and music arrangements by local composer and musician Ruth Ling.
The cast includes Thomas Pang and Cheryl Tan as Romeo and Juliet, and other veteran actors such as Remesh Paniker, Shane Mardjuki, and Daniel Jenkins.
There are various discounts on tickets.
The tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are reasonably priced, starting from $40 (advanced sales) and $50 (standard sales) for a Wednesday show. The prices will vary depending on the ticket category (Picnic, Premium picnic, and Pavilion seats) and the day of show. Students, Mastercard cardholders and staff, Starhub customers and staff, Audi clients and staff rejoice because you get discounts on the tickets!
For the rest of you who don’t belong to any of those groups, fret not because everyone is eligible for the Watch with Friends promotion! You will get one complimentary ticket with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets in a single transaction. Remember to round up your friends and family for a fun night out! Read more about ticketing and the terms and conditions for discounts here.
It’s a celebration of Shakespeare!
With April marking 400 years since his death, the world is celebrating Shakespeare this year. What better way to do so than to relive one of his most renowned works as it goes from page to stage? Marvel at the beauty of his language and the deep human emotions as the Singapore Repertory Theatre tries to portray that breathless quality of Romeo and Juliet’s love story.
Be sure to be part of this outdoor festival! Here’s the rundown once more for you:
Shakespeare in the Park – Romeo & Juliet
Presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre
27 Apr 2016 – 22 May 2016
Tickets are available through SISTIC at 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg