Aye, ‘tis been four hundred an’ four years
since the Bard lay sweet in the earth.
A literary genius – blood, murder, revenge
Love, romance, magic – we celebrate today.
From ten of his famous plays,
Let the wisdom of Shakespeare
Influence your day.
Adrian Pang (Hamlet) | Shakespeare in the Park - Hamlet (1997)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in our philosophy.”
Polonius, Act 1 Scene 3 - Hamlet
Jason Chan (Lysander) & Joanna Montefiore (Hermia) | Shakespeare in the Park - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007)
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
Lysander, Act 1 Scene 1 – A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Adrian Pang (Benedick) & Wendy Kweh (Beatrice) | Shakespeare in the Park - Much Ado About Nothing (2009)
“Well, everyone can master a grief, but he that has it.”
Benedick, Act 3 Scene 2 – Much Ado About Nothing
Adrian Pang (Macbeth) & Patrica Toh (Lady Macbeth) | Shakespeare in the Park - Macbeth (2011)
"False face must hide what the false heart doth know."
Macbeth, Act 1 Scene 7 – Macbeth
Adrian Pang (Feste) | Shakespeare in the Park - Twelfth Night (2012)
“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
Fool, Act 1, Scene 5 – Twelfth Night
Daniel Jenkins (Iago) & Stephen Whiley (Cassio) | Shakespeare in the Park - Othello (2013)
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
Iago, Act 3, Scene 3 – Othello
Daniel Jenkins (Antonio), Remesh Panicker (Shylock) & Gerald Chew (Salanio) |
Shakespeare in the Park - The Merchant of Venice (2014)
“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
Antonio, Act 1 Scene 3 – The Merchant of Venice
Simon Robson (Prospero) & Julie Wee (Miranda) | Shakespeare in the Park - The Tempest (2015)
“Look thou be true. Do not give dalliance
Too much the rein. The strongest oaths are straw
To th'fire i'th'blood. Be more abstemious
Or else, goodnight your vow!”
Prospero, Act 4 Scene 1 – The Tempest
Cheryl Tan (Juliet) | Shakespeare in the Park - Romeo & Juliet (2016)
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2 – Romeo & Juliet
Ghafir Akbar (Brutus) & Tia Guttensohn (Portia) | Shakespeare in the Park - Julius Caesar (2018)
“As I love the name of honour more than I fear death.”
Brutus, Act 1 Scene 2 – Julius Caesar
Shakespeare in the Park these ten did play.
And one more in February Twenty Twenty-One will slay
Of audience young and old, lovers, friends, and families.
Onto the green they troop, their picnics display.
Shakespeare in the Park, February 2021, h’rray!