Pop-up Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Brings MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Manila, 9/17-22
Manila, Philippines--Europe's first-ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, makes its international debut in Manila. Two of William Shakespeare's most popular plays MACBETH and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, performed by an outstanding British cast, will play at The Theatre at Solaire from September 17 to 22, 2019.
MACBETH, directed by Damian Cruden, is bloody, fast-paced, action-packed and psychologically tense. Populated by witches, ghosts, and haunting apparitions, it tells the story of over-reaching ambition, a toxic marriage, a kingdom in crisis, and a man's encounter with his own darkest self.
One of Shakespeare's funniest and most delightful comedies, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, directed by Juliet Forster, is a riot of crisscrossed love and feuding fairies, with clod-hopping amateur actors, and a magical potion adding to the confusion and mayhem!
Shakespeare's Rose Theatre made its first appearance in the historic city of York, UK, last year. Inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse built in 1587, 12 years prior to the Shakespeare's Globe in London, the 13-sided pop-up Elizabethan theatre was constructed from state-of-the-art scaffolding, corrugated iron and timber, and comprised three tiers of covered seating with an open courtyard for standing "groundlings."
Set in a bustling Elizabethan village, the stunning theatre hosted vibrant productions of some of Shakespeare's most popular plays, in the setting for which they were written.
In its debut season last year, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre garnered popular and critical acclaim, as well as awards for Best Cultural Experience and Best Attraction. Nearly 80,000 people enjoyed the Bard's work in this traditional setting. This year, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre will return for a second season in York, while simultaneously a second theatre will make its debut at Blenheim Palace in Oxford UK.
The originator of the project and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall, said "As with all the productions we bring to Manila, we are thrilled to have yet another first for the country and an outstanding cast and creative team to deliver it. While Manila audiences will be seated in the comfort of The Theatre at Solaire rather than an open-air scaffolding structure, the two productions will be innovative, immersive, and fun, with the actors making some of their entrances and exits through the audience. We will have dramatic sword-fights, bubbling cauldrons, wayward fairies, comic love scenes, gruesome murders, grand poetry, and no shortage of fake blood! I believe Shakespeare's Rose Theatre offers something for everyone and will showcase heritage theatre at its best."
MACBETH: Tues., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Wed., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m.
Get tickets (P1,619.75 to P6,270) from TicketWorld.com.ph.