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March 2019—The award-winning Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre Company makes its international debut in Manila direct from the UK, and is brought to you by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, producers of some of Manila’s best-loved shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music and Cats, to name just a few.

Two of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays – Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – will deliver a thrilling and intimate theatrical experience with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and side-splitting moments. The two plays will play over one week for nine shows only from 17th to 22nd September.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One of Shakespeare’s funniest and most delightful comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a riot of criss-crossed love and feuding fairies, with clod-hopping amateur actors and a magical potion adding to the confusion and mayhem!

Macbeth 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.

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 Globe, 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 William 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.

Now Philippine audiences can enjoy these two spectacular productions, which come direct from the summer season at Blenheim Palace, performed by an outstanding British cast in their first international season at Theatre at Solaire.

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 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.”

Artistic Director for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre and Director of Macbeth will be Damian Cruden, who worked with the company last year, and was Artistic Director at York Theatre Royal for over 20 years. Directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Juliet Forster who was the original Director for the play and will also be directing other titles in the UK season this summer.

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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