Shakespeare adaptation

Coming next week to The Place, a UK-Korean dance collaboration reworks Shakespeare. After the Friday performance there will be an informal chat with the company. Rosalind A Shakespearean Heroine. A Modern World. The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | London WC1H 9PY | www.theplace.org.uk Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017, 8pm £18 (£12 concessions) […]

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Korean theatres celebrate Shakespeare

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2016
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“South Korean theaters have launched a series of reinterpreted Shakespearean plays for the fall-winter season of 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the globally revered British poet and playwright.” Full story on Yonhap

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Fringe visit: The Song of Beast (after Hamlet)

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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Imagine Hamlet scripted / co-directed by Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), Ryu Seung-wan (Veteran / Unjust) and Yoon Jong-bin (Nameless Gangster), with dialogue input from Yang Ik-joon (Breathless), and music by Cho Young-wook (Oldboy) and you’re starting to get close what this production is like. The setting is moved from Denmark to an abattoir which has a […]

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Event news: Korean Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

by Events Editor 31 July 2016
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An interesting workshop focusing on Korean Shakespeare adaptations, of which we have seen a fair number in the UK over the last decade. For those planning a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe, there’s an opportunity to catch one of the performances in London before going up, with EDP’s version of Taming of the Shrew, described […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Events Editor 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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Report from the KCC Artist Talk: Shakespeare interpretations in East Asia

by Shouvik Datta 28 July 2014
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I hadn’t been to any of the events for Seoul in the City, part of this year’s City of London festival. The symposium at London’s Korean Cultural Centre for Shakespeare’s plays in contemporary East Asian languages seemed particularly interesting to me. My previous experience of Shakespeare in East Asia was confined to Ran, Akira Kurosawa’s […]

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Artist Talk – Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2014
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This is the third talk presented in connection with the Seoul in the City strand of this year’s City of London Festival. And check this link to find out about an offer of free tickets to Yohangza Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet this Saturday. Beyond Borders: Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet Monday 14 July 2014, 19:00 to […]

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Korean performances at the City of London Festival

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2014
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This year’s City of London Festival has a Korean focus. And although most of the performances in the festival are of Western classical music, there is a Korean Hamlet from Yohangza Theatre Company (who do a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream), fusion music from Ensemble Sinawi and contemporary and street dance too. Sunwook Kim (piano) Wednesday […]

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Here’s what Hamlet sounds like in Korean

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2014
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In 2012, as part of their Globe to Globe festival, the Globe Theatre invited numerous theatre companies from around the world to perform their Shakespeare adaptations in London – and Yohangza Theatre Company from South Korea brought their Midsummer Night’s Dream [LKL review here]. For phase two of the project, the Globe Theatre is taking […]

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Edinburgh Fringe visit: Othello – two men

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2013
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Othello – Two Men is a retelling of the Shakespearean play, in the space of one hour and played by, as suggested by the title, two men. It’s a cut-down version in a cut-down set – simply a free-standing frame to stand in for a prison wall (see image at the bottom of this page). […]

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Theatre visit: A Korean Midsummer Night’s Dream in the perfect venue

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2012
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One of the features of Korean theatrical performance is the interaction with the audience. A venue such as the Globe is therefore doubly well suited to a Korean Shakespeare adaptation. Performers could easily mingle with the audience, surprise them from behind with a crash of the small 꽹과리 gong. And the audience standing in front […]

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A Korean Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe – and a discount for LKL readers

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2012
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In Summer 2005 the Yohangza Theatre Company came to the Edinburgh Frings to perform their Korean version of the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and brought it to London’s Barbican the following year. It was amazing. As part of the London 2012 round of special events the Globe Theatre is putting on Globe to […]

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Festival visit: Mokhwa Repertory Company – The Tempest

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2011
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At his press conference in London last Monday, Oh Tae-seok spoke about his work with the Mohkwa Repertory Company. One of the priorities of Master Oh, who had spend many years as director of Korea’s National Theatre company, is to nurture the next generation of actors. And one of the pleasures of working with his […]

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A Korean Tempest: Sympathy from Mr Vengeance

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2011
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Those who are familiar with Korean cinema will not need to be told that vengeance is a familiar topic, and indeed forms the theme for Park Chan-wook’s unplanned trilogy of films of which the best known is Oldboy. And probably many an essay has been written in Film Studies classes as to why Korean directors […]

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Master Oh’s apology to Korean youth

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2006
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Romeo & Juliet – adapted by Oh Tae-seok (Oh T’ae-sŏk, 오태석) Mokhwa Repertory Company 23 November 2006 – 9 December 2006 / 19:00, 19:45 The Pit, Barbican, Part of bite06 Oh Tae-suk, born in 1940, had a traumatic start to his life. When I was 11, the Korean War broke out. One day a car […]

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Event news: Shakespeare and Asian Theatre, Saturday morning at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 1 December 2006
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If anyone’s planning on going to the symposium on Saturday morning (10:30 at Asia House), and I know three of you who are, how about breakfast beforehand? I’ll be at Villandry, Great Portland Street, from about 9:15. (Asia House opens at 10, giving half an hour to have another look at the Through the Looking […]

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Yohangza’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Go see it.

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2006
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Go see it. It’s outstanding. And to all of you who turned down my offer of a free ticket, you missed out. It’s on for the rest of the week at the Barbican. I can’t add anything to what Colin Bartlett had to say. And like him, I have nothing to do with the production […]

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