The Winter’s Tale – Directed By Sam Mendes (The Bridge Project )



The Bridge Project is a major new transatlantic venture for director Sam Mendes (Academy award winner for American Beauty), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and The Old Vic in London, which is run by Kevin Spacey (Academy Award winner for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty).

Sam Mendes directs The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare in 2009 starring Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, and Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) from the UK; and Richard Easton, Josh Hamilton, and Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset and Oscar nominee for Training Day) from the US. Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is proud to be one of the five co-commissioners to have created this prestigious production.

Singapore will be the first – and only Asian stop – on the world-tour in 2009, which will be presented in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Approx 2 hr 40 min

Approx 20 mins (Total 3 hours)

The four pictured above gave outstanding performances, they are Simon Russell Beale, Rebecca Hall, Ehtan Hawke and Sinead Cusack.  I loved the play immensely! However I was a little disappointed because I was seated at Circle 3 which is on the third story and though the view was good, the sound quality was in my opinion attrocious!  I mean this is a shakespearean play for crying out loud and the sadly I only got to hear abour 80% of the beauty of the language!!  Couldn’t the casts use mini microphones like the ones used in Notre Dame De Paris? I wonder if the $300 seats were any better? (Mine costs $120 each)

Anyhow my two favourites were Rebecca Hall (What a beauty!) and Ethan Hawke because apart from their fantastic performance both of them had the best diction and carried their voices way up to where I was seated.  And boy does Ethan have pipes on him! I mean he can sing and very well I might add! And we all know what a talented actor or rather artist he is.  His comedic performance in my opinion stole the show! That is saying a lot considering he was along side the heavy weight of plays…..Simon Russell Beale! ( no pun intended)  The rest of the casts too, did extremely well to complement the main leads making ‘The Winter’s Tale’ a MUST SEE!

A big thank you to all who made it possible and brought this show to our shores!


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