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‘Act 3 Scene 4’ Staged in Singapore Festival

‘Act 3 Scene 4’ Staged in Singapore Festival‘Act 3 Scene 4’ Staged in Singapore Festival

The Singapore Theatre Festival staged ‘Act 3 Scene 4’ co-directed by Ashkan Kheil Nejad and Yusef Bapiri on Sunday (June 7).

The story and dialogues are based on Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. In the play, the queen awaits Hamlet’s arrival. He storms into the room and asks his mother why she has sent for him and questions her attitude to him.

The play is the latest work by Tazeh theatre group performed by Hootan Shakiba and Setareh Pesyani, Mehr News Agency reported.

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of “seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others”.

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, was written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. The play dramatizes the revenge of Prince Hamlet on his uncle Claudius. Claudius who murders his own brother, Hamlet’s father King Hamlet, subsequently seizes the throne. He marries his late brother’s widow, Hamlet’s mother Gertrude.

Iran’s entry to the festival was sent by the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center in Iran and sponsored by the UNESCO International Theatre Institution (ITI) located in the Fine Art Faculty of Tehran University.

The festival is not competitive, Kheil Nejad said. One of the features of the event is that it is scientific, with seminars and workshops included.

The June 5-12 event is attended by 19 theatre groups and students from Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Taiwan and Thailand.

The play has also been presented to Tehran City Theatre to be performed at Qashqai Hall.

Born in 1988, Ashkan Kheil Nejad, received master’s degree in theatre from Teacher Training University of Tehran. He has directed many shows including ‘Whispers Behind the Front Line’, ‘Whose Is This Life?’ and ‘The 21st Night’.