May 09 2011
“Ai yah! Out damn spot! Out I say, lah!”
Ok, it’s not that extreme, but there is a distinct Singlish lilt to the voice of Lady MacBeth in the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s latest production for Shakespeare in the Park. They’ve taken a couple other liberties and turned up the drama Hollywood-style with bloody battle scenes, creepy costumes, and some pyrotechnic blasts. Combined with the eerie setting of the empty park after dark, this modern interpretation of MacBeth would give you goosebumps if it weren’t so hot outside!
MacBeth runs until May 22nd at Fort Canning Park. Tickets are available through SISTIC and range from S$38 for a standard ticket to S$75 for a VIP package that includes a seat, canapés, two glasses of wine, and a souvenir programme. Standard tickets are for free-seating on the grass. Theatre-goers are allowed to bring blankets or mats to sit on, but lawn chairs are not allowed.
The play starts at 19:30 and gates open an hour earlier so there’s time for a pre-show picnic in the park – bring your own picnic basket or grab some snacks to-go from one of the nearby restaurants on Orchard Road.
The play runs about two and a half hours with one 15 minute intermission. Shakespeare in the Park is an entirely outdoor event and will be cancelled if there if heavy rain. Refunds will not be given, but the tickets can be reused for admission on a different day.
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