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Shakespeare in Singapore

Performance, Education, and Culture, 1st Edition

By Philip Smith


224 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Shakespeare in Singapore provides the first detailed and sustained study of the role of Shakespeare in Singaporean theatre, education, and culture.

This book tracks the role and development of Shakespeare in education from the founding of modern Singapore to the present day, drawing on sources such as government and school records, the entire span of Singapore's newspaper archives, playbills, interviews with educators and theatre professionals, and existing academic sources. By uniting the critical interest in Singaporean theatre with the substantial body of scholarship that concerns global Shakespeare, the author overs a broad, yet in-depth, exploration of the ways in which Singaporean approaches to Shakespeare have been shaped by, and respond to, cultural work going on elsewhere in Asia.

A vital read for all students and scholars of Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Singapore offers a unique examination of the cultural impact of Shakespeare, beyond its usual footing in the Western world.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: A Taste of Home – 1819 to 1900 Part 2: ‘A great and perceptive love’: 1900 to 1942 Part 3: Shakespeare in the Final Days of British Rule – 1942 to 1963 Part 4: Playing Balthazar 1963 – 1980 Part 5: ‘Not pukka’ – 1980 to 1990 Part 6: ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand’ – 1990 to 2000 Part 7: ‘To shake the head, relent, and sigh’ – 2001 to 2016 …and exits Bibliography Index

About the Author

Dr. Philip Smith teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong. He has served as fight choreographer for the Shakespeare in Paradise Festival and was co-founder, co-director, and teacher at the Shakespeare behind Bars program at Nassau’s Department of Corrections Facility. He has written on Shakespeare and on Singaporean literature for numerous journals, as well as authoring Reading Art Spiegelman (2015).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / Asian
DRAMA / Asian / Japanese
DRAMA / Shakespeare
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting