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HistoriaSG: Shakespeare & Singapore, 1900−1975

05 Mar 2020
The Salon,
Level 1
7.30pm – 8.30pm
$5 per participant [FULLY SUBSCRIBED]
What role did Shakespeare play in 20th-century Singapore? How did individuals from Singapore’s diverse ethnic communities respond to, and rework, the plays of this English Renaissance playwright? Beyond the classroom, how did students and teachers creatively adapt Shakespeare’s texts to better resonate with life in this tropical city?

This talk by Research Fellow Dr Emily Soon explores the Shakespearean threads within Singapore’s multicultural history, tracing how people in Singapore engaged with Shakespeare as the island transitioned from being a British colony to an independent Southeast Asian state.

Limited spaces available. $5 per pax includes light refreshments.

Image in thumbnail: Poster for the Stage Club’s production of Twelfth Night, 1964. Courtesy of the National Museum, National Heritage Board.

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!