After a one-year hiatus in 2017, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) well-loved annual outdoor series, Shakespeare in the Park, is back with a bang. After a string of successful productions — Romeo & Juliet (2016), The Tempest (2015), The Merchant of Venice (2014), Othello (2013), Twelfth Night (2012), Macbeth (2011), Much Ado About Nothing (2009), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007), Hamlet (1997) — the SRT is now presenting a spanking new, unique take on the Bard’s popular dramatic tragedy Julius Caesar.
From 2 to 27 May, Fort Canning Park will once again be transformed into a spectacular set that will delight and amaze loyal fans and first-time theatre-goers alike. Get ready for a thrilling evening of political intrigue and dramatic betrayals in director Guy Unsworth’s modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s 400-plus-year-old play — ambitious supreme leader Caesar has been reimagined as a woman (played by veteran thespian Jo Kukathas) and the story is set in a contemporary alternate universe (R.O.M.E 7 and its issues cast current global politics in a very interesting light; think G20 and N.A.T.O.).
For their production of Julius Caesar, the SRT has teamed up with The Providore to supply show-goers with a selection of gourmet picnic baskets, so you can get your dose of culture, while feasting through items like cheese, charcuterie, antipasti, grilled chicken and quinoa salad, and gourmet popcorn. Each basket also comes a bottle of red or white vino; and mixed chocolates and biscuits for dessert. Want some hot food? Burgers, hot dogs and pizzas will also be on sale.
Shakespeare in the Park is probably the biggest production of its kind in Asia. It being the only play you can dress down for (yes, shorts and flip-flops are OK if they make you happy), and during which you can eat and drink without compunction, also makes it great for attending with any combination of loved ones of all ages — romantic partners, family members, friends.
Make the Most of Your Night Out
- Pre-order food and drink from The Providore when buying your tickets, and enjoy special pre-order prices.
- Pack a suitably sized picnic mat, bug spray, and a couple of emergency ponchos in case of light rain.
- Plan and pack your picnic basket ahead of time, if you’re bringing your own food and drinks.
Remember to clean up and dispose of your trash after!
- Make sure you prepare sufficient cash.
The Providore will have a full bar and kitchen operational onsite from 6pm, so no worries if you haven’t the time or desire to bring your own food and drink — or if you forgot to order early. The nearest ATM is quite a distance away.
- Dress comfortably.
It might be cool or breezy, or hot and muggy. Best to keep to light fabrics, and bring a light jacket or a shawl.
- Arrive early to chope a good spot.
- Don’t forget your tickets!
We’re giving out a pair of tickets + a picnic basket for Julius Caesar!
One winner will be chosen to receive a pair of tickets for 12 May (Saturday)’s showing, and a gourmet picnic basket from The Providore.
Contest closes 9 May, 2359hrs. Winners will be contacted directly through Facebook. All prizes won must be accepted as rewarded and are not transferable, exchangeable for cash or kind or extendable in validity.