Saturday, February 10, 2018

SRT's Shakespeare In the Park Returns in May 2018 with Julius Caesar

In 2017, something was sorely missing in the local theatre scene. Due to the lack of funds, Singapore Repertory Theatre's (SRT) Shakespeare in the Park was cancelled.

The large-scale production held at the historical Fort Canning Park has never failed to provide memorable moments from the Bard's plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and the Tempest. Red Dot Diva has attended all of them, except for the first one, Hamlet.

Being part of Shakespeare in the Park is a wonderful and magical experience. When you are sitting out on the lawn and enjoying a picnic under the stars, one is easily enraptured by SRT's brilliant performance of Shakespearean stories that have stood the test of time.

Despite the financial obstacles, SRT was undeterred. Last year, the theatre company started a crowdfunding campaign for the next Shakespeare in the Park. Thanks to several generous supporters, SRT has enough funds to kick off the production, and Shakespeare in the Park will be BACK in May 2018! *punches fist in air!*

The play selected is Julius Caesar, a political thriller about friendship, betrayal, honour and the struggle for power that is still so relevant in today's current times. The re-imagined production will take place in modern-day settings inspired by the G20 and N.A.T.O. summits, and features an ambitious female Caesar by actor Jo Kukathas (Romeo & Juliet). The rest of the talented cast include Ghafir Akbar (Disgraced), Daniel Jenkins (Hand to God, Romeo & Juliet), Thomas Pang (Hand to God, Romeo & Juliet) and Julie Wee (The Merchant of Venice). Guy Unsworth (Hand to God) helms the production as director.




To ensure that fans will be able to enjoy the visual spectacle as in past years, SRT still needs some financial help in their crowdfunding campaign. They have almost reached their goal but needs a bit of a booster. If you want to help out the local theatre scene, do head to this link: https://www.giving.sg/singapore-repertory-theatre/keep_shakespeare_in_the_park_alive.

SRT has Institute of Public Charter status, so all donations are tax deductible. If you donate SGD 200 or more, you can claim for a 250% tax deduction.

On behalf of SRT, Red Dot Diva hopes you can help to keep Shakespeare in the Park alive, and if you know of anyone who loves theatre and would like to donate, do send them this blog article or the crowdfunding link.


It's not too early. Mark your calendar for Shakespeare in the Park - Julius Caesar, start gathering your friends for a picnic, and expect to be wow-ed! The ticket information for the play is as follows:


Dates: From 2nd to 27th May 2018  
Prices: From $45 (group concessions and F&B packages available)
Venue: Fort Canning Park
Ticketing: SISTIC at 6348 5555 or http://www.srt.com.sg/show/juliuscaesar


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