Sandaime Richard

Sandaime Richard      
Performed in Japanese, English and Bahasa Indonesia, with Japanese and English subtitles
Singapore, Japan, Indonesia

Sandaime Richard is written by Hideki Noda, described by revered Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa as 'the most talented playwright of contemporary Japan'. Noda effortlessly parallels the Wars of the Roses in England with the intrigue in an ikebana clan in Japan. From Noda’s script, Director Ong Keng Sen creates an extravaganza of comic turns with his signature style of juxtaposing Asian traditional performance forms, including the modern tradition of Takarazuka, a popular all-female entertainment revue. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Richard III but very different, Sandaime Richard opens in Singapore this September before heading to Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre for a two-week run and later embarking on a Japanese tour of four cities.

In the year that celebrates the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016 takes a spin on the international multitude of productions commemorating this iconic playwright of all times. In Ong’s production, games of gender surround Shakespeare, a male writer besieged by his 'female' characters. In comic turn after comic turn, Ong casts rising star, kabuki onnagata (female impersonator), Kazutaro Nakamura as Richard Sandaime.

Produced by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). Co-produced by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC). In association with Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) / Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / SPAC / Kumamoto Prefectural Theater / May Theatre / The Museum of Art, Kochi / Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion. Supported by Shochiku. With assistance from Bali Purnati Center for the Arts.

Written by: Hideki Noda
Directed by: Ong Keng Sen
Performed by: Nakamura Kazutaro, Shigeyama Doji, Janice Koh, Jajang C Noer, I Kadek Budi Setiawan, Emoto Junko, Takii Miki, Kuze Seika

Set Design: Kato Chika
Lighting: Scott Zielinski
Costume: Yanaihara Mitsushi
Video: Takahashi Keisuke
Music: Yamanaka Toru   

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