“Hello weather angels! Please clear the rain for the next three hours…”
Positive believing definitely has its merits, as evident in how the audience at the preview night (1 May) of Shakespeare in the Park – The Tempest managed to will away drizzling clouds mere minutes before the start of the show. Little did they know, casting away the rain was just an appetiser to the magic about to unfold on stage before their very eyes.
A highly anticipated annual event in Singapore’s cultural calendar with lavish sets by an impressive creative team and seasoned cast, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s annual picnic-styled Shakespeare in the Park season returns for the ninth time to Fort Canning Park from April 29th – May 24th 2015.
This year’s stunning production of The Tempest will be the grandest to date. Not only does The Tempest boast of having the tallest stage set ever built in Singapore, it also happens to be one of Shakespeare’s most significant plays.
Scholars believe that The Tempest was the last play written in Shakespeare’s career (contested with The Winter’s Tale). The Tempest is filled throughout with references to some of his most significant works, such as Romeo & Juliet and Othello, evident in the portrayal of series of events in The Tempest.
Critics argue that the wizard in The Tempest, Prospero (played by Simon Robson), is a symbolic representation of Shakespeare himself. Throughout the play, Prospero uses his skills as a magician to control events and characters in the play, akin to Shakespeare as a skillful playwright determining the fate of his various fictional characters.
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands:
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. – Act V Scene I, The Tempest
Dates: Friday 1st May through Sunday 24th May 2015
Prices: From $45 (student and group concessions available)
Ticketing: SISTIC at 6348 5555 or www.sistic.com.sg
Special Thanks: Singapore Repertory Theatre
Cover Photo: SRT Facebook