Revel in the Timeless Classics of the Bard in Singapore's Shakespeare in the Park Drama Festival

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It is said that Shakespeare's words and plays always demanded a verdant foreground, an open theatre and an audience that is receptive to the poetic words of the greatest bard the world has ever known. And nowhere do these elements come together as in the Shakespeare in the Park Drama Festival in the island nation of Singapore.Conducted within the magical and verdant landscapes of Fort Canning Park, this one of a kind theatrical offering from the Singapore Repertory Theatre Company has long been considered the hottest theatre ticket in town since its captivating entry into the foray of open-air drama in 2007. Having wowed crowds well over 20,000 with its spirited performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in '07, the production house put up an equally mesmerizing reprisal of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in May, 2008.

A favourite among local and international theatregoers for its open-air alfresco environment, the event takes place under the stars at Fort Canning Park each year with the resounding words and monologues of Shakespeare.  With surreal backdrops and enthralling musical accompaniment, the well-known stage actors of the country's local theatre scene as well as a few international names re-enact some of the most popular plays penned by the great dramatist himself.  Donned in period costumes the players on stage take its audience to a bygone era of poesy and romance with terror and supernatural elements thrown in for good measure.

Previous instalments of the festival has drawn big names the likes of Michael Corbidge, Jason Chan, Julie Wee, Adrian Pang and Wendy Kweh to play key roles, while acclaimed British director Edward Dick, whose credits include work with Shakespeare's Globe and the Sydney Theatre Company was involved in 2008's rendition of Much Ado About Nothing.

Ideal for literature lovers and drama enthusiasts, the event is also a hotspot for picnickers who wish to unwind within the breezy atmosphere of the park with the hallowed words of Shakespeare and a blanket laden with snacks to boot.

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This article was published on 2011/04/06