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Philippine Productions of Shakespeare

Disclaimer: none of the photos are mine and they were collected from several sources.

 

The following stage plays are a testament to how the Filipinos are actively participating in the Shakespeare universe. According to socialbakers.com, the fans of Shakespeare in the Philippines hit a little over the 499.5k mark and is growing as time passes. [see: http://www.socialbakers.com/statistics facebook/pages/detail/286588754736563-william-shakespeare?country=philippines]

There is no doubt that the works of William Shakespeare has reached far and wide across the globe and has transcended different mediums. Hence, the existence of this blog. It is then not surprising that the Philippine stage would take a knack at his masterpieces. Without further ado, I’d like to present some interpretations of Shakespeare works by different institutions in the Philippines.

 

  1. Haring Lear

A first. This play featured Shakespeare’s King Lear in the country’s own language, Filipino. Produced by the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA). The text was translated by Bienvenido Lumbera, a national artist of the Philippines.

Image from Pep.ph

Image from Pep.ph

Image from spotlightphilippines.com

Image from spotlightphilippines.com

Image from PETA

Image from PETA

 

2. Hakbang sa Hakbang

An opening production for Dulaang UP’s 39th season. A retelling of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. It features the Filipino adaptation of Ron Capinding. It was presented in Filipino AND English (Measure for Measure). The play was regarded as evidence that “Shakespeare is truly global” [read: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/169364/measure-for-measure-in-filipino-because-shakespeare-is-truly-global]

Image from gmanetwork.com

Image from gmanetwork.com

Image from upd.edu.ph

Image from upd.edu.ph

Image from panitikan.com.ph

Image from panitikan.com.ph

Image from Dulaang UP

Image from Dulaang UP

 

3. Romeo and Juliet

This adaptation transcends not just Time, but also place. Set in 21st century Manila, this version of Shakespeare’s classic star crossed loved story aims to make it closer to the hearts of the Filipino youth. This play was produced by Manila Shakeaspeare Company in early 2015.

Photo from Manila Shakespeare Company

Photo from Manila Shakespeare Company

Photo from thoughtsandtheact.com

Photo from thoughtsandtheact.com

Photo from philstar.com

Photo from philstar.com

4. Tinarantadong Asintado

For Dulaang UP’s 36th season they offered yet another Shakespeare classic with a twist. Also set in the Philippines, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. It is rumored to be one of the bloodiest plays to set on stage.

Photo from Dulaang UP

Photo from Dulaang UP

 

If you haven’t seen a Filipino adaptation of Shakespeare classics, you’re missing out. Although productions can be found in the many theatre companies in the Philippines, so it is never too late.

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