The Tempest set to stir up a storm in April

Guest Writer

Following rave reviews which greeted its first production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ last year, The Bridge Project returns to Singapore this April with ‘The Tempest’, widely considered to be the bard’s final play.Starring Ethan Hawke and Rebecca Hall, and produced by Sam Mendes of ‘American Beauty’ fame, ‘The Winter’s Tale’ was brought to Singapore last March by the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, as part of the Bridge Project series.The Bridge Project is a partnership between The Old Vic in London, under the direction of Artistic Director Kevin Spacey, Academy Award winner for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty; the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), run by Joe Melillo; and Neal Street Productions, the production house set up by Sam Mendes.In the celebrated classic ‘The Tempest’, which will be from 2 April to 10 April at the Esplanade – Theatres On The Bay, Sam Mendes and company will explore outcasts, power, and magical lands.SRT is one of the five co-commissioners of The Bridge Project, which involved investing seed money in its creation.”It is a major coup for Singapore and SRT to be involved in this international tour of what is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To have Singapore Repertory Theatre listed as one of the co-commissioners on every poster and newspaper ad around the world is incredible,” says SRT’s Artistic Director, Mr Gaurav Kripalani.He added, “Bringing shows of this scale and calibre to Singapore would not be possible if we did not have a venue and a partner like the Esplanade. Working with them has opened a lot of doors for us.”Mr Benson Puah, CEO of the Esplanade, continues, “We have been pleased to collaborate with the Singapore Repertory Theatre over the last two years to first bring in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘King Lear’ followed by last year’s presentation of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ – the inaugural production in The Bridge Project.”The presentation of works like ‘King Lear’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’ help bring theatre works of exceptional quality to our local audiences. At the same time, it helps to put Singapore on the map as a choice location to present international works and further cement SRT’s reputation as a serious presenter of note on the international stage. We have enjoyed working with them and look forward to another successful partnership in the year ahead.”

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