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Korean performances at Edinburgh Fringe 2019

A quick wordsearch of the 2019 Fringe catalogue provides the following items of Korean interest at the Fringe this year. LKL’s reviews of eight of the shows can be found here. The Happy Prince Children’s Shows (theatre, puppetry) Venue 21 | C venues – C aquila – temple 13:15 | Aug 1-11, 13-18, 20-26 | … [Read More]

Event news: James Cousins Company — Rosalind

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 | Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017, 8pm £18 (£12 concessions) … [Read More]

Fringe visit: The Song of Beast (after Hamlet)

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 … [Read More]

Brief review: Taming of the Shrew, at the KCC

It was a great treat to see a shortened version of ‘Taming of The Shrew’ at the Korean Cultural Centre recently, performed in English by EDP, student drama club of Soon Chun Hyang University. Even if the academic talks that preceded it were not quite as lively, one valuable outcome of attending the seminar was … [Read More]

Event news: Korean Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

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 … [Read More]

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

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 … [Read More]

Artist Talk – Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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 … [Read More]

Korean performances at the City of London Festival

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 … [Read More]

Here’s what Hamlet sounds like in Korean

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 … [Read More]

A Korean Tempest: Sympathy from Mr Vengeance

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 … [Read More]