Titus 2.0

Tang, Shu-wing 2009

This minimalist 2009 adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloody and violent play Titus Andronicus is directed by Hong Kong theatre director Tang Shu-wing. Read More

Hamlet Q1

Lee, Hyon-u 2009

Hamlet Q1 is a Korean production by director Hyon-u Lee, who translated the first quart of Hamlet for this production which faithfully follows the original English text. The setting however is different: it is set in the late Chosun Dynasty (~1900) during the time when there was political turmoil between the Japan and China. Read More

The Tempest

Tsui, Hark; Wu, Hsing-kuo 2008

In Putonghua (or Mandarin) with Chinese and English surtitles. See also the 2004 staging of The Tempest directed by Tsui Hark and Wu Hsing-kuo.

News article about The Tempest production scheduled for the 2008 New Vision Arts Festival, held from Oct. 23 to Nov. 23, 2008.

More details about the October 24-25 performances of The Tempest at the 2008 New Vision Arts Festival.


Asari, Keita 2008

In summer 2008, famed Japanese director Keita Asari revived his adaptation of Hamlet and staged a new production with a Chinese cast from the Beijing People’s Art Theatre Company. The production premiered in October 2008 at the Beijing Capital Theatre. Read More


Lin, Zhaohua 2007

Coriolanus was co-directed by Lin Zhaohua and Yi Liming and performed by the Beijing People’s Arts Theatre. Created in 2007, the production starred Pu Cunxi (as Coriolanus) and Xue Shan and was staged again in 2013 for the Edinburgh Festival.




Romeo and Juliet

Oh, Tae-suk 2006 | One Comment

Romeo and Juliet is Oh Tae-suk’s first adaptation of Shakespeare. His choice was deliberate: Two lovers caught in between warring families in a divided community — a pretty good analogue for the Korean situation. Oh’s adaptation is designed as an apology to Korea’s youth from the older generations for their failure to resolve their country’s troubles. Read More


Kurita, Yoshihiro 2006

Ryutopia Noh Theatre (Niigata): 31/1/06-3/2/06, Umewaka Noh Theatre (Tokyo): 4/2/06-12/2/06, Nagoya Noh Theatre (Nagoya): 14/2/06-15/2/06 Read More


Kurita, Yoshihiro 2007

Ryutopia Noh Theatre (Niigata): 29/3/07-31/3/07 (In the memory of Niigata City, becoming the ordinance-designed city), National Noh Theatre (Tokyo): 3/4/07-5/4/07 (In the memory of Niigata City, becoming the ordinance-designed city) Read More

The Winter’s Tale (International Version)

Kurita, Yoshihiro 2008

In 2008, Ryutopia’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale directed by Kurita Yoshihiro went on an international tour and was performed at Shakespeare festivals in Romania, Hungary, Poland and Germany. Read More

The Winter’s Tale -Barcarolle-

Kurita, Yoshihiro 2005

In 2005, Ryutopia debutted its adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Niigata City Performing Arts Center. This production directed by Kurita Yoshihiro went on an international tour in 2008 and was performed at Shakespeare festivals in Romania, Hungary, Poland and Germany. Read More

Romeo and Juliet

Chen, Lincang 2008

In the Spring of 2008, visiting director Chen Lincang of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing worked with students at the Binghamton University Theatre Department to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet. The result was a new interpretation of the play performed in English, but in the beijing opera style. Read More


Kurita, Yoshihiro 2004

23/5/04-30/5/04 – Ryutopia Noh Theatre, Niigata, Japan and 5/6/04-6/6/04 – Tessenkai Noh Theatre, Tokyo, Japan Read More

Timon of Athens

Deguchi, Norio 1996

Performance dates: 10/1/1996-16/11/1996

Performers: Timon: Yoshida Kotaro, Flavius: Uzawa Hideyuki, Alcibiades: Otsuka Eiichi, Apemantus: Hosoya Ken, and Lucius: Yoshizawa Ken

Translator / Scriptwriter: Odashima Yushi

Producer: Shakespeare Theatre

Designers: Lighting Designer: Omura Yoshiaki, Set Designer: Kuramoto Masanori, Costume Designer: Higuchi Ai, Music Composition: Fukushima Kazuyuki, and Sound: Toyoguchi Kenji

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Miwa, Elica 2006

This production of Midsummer Night’s Dream was directed by Miwa Elica in 2006 and produced by the Theatre Company Subaru. The script was written Fukuda Tsuneari. Read More


Raju, R. 2001

Iruthiattam, a 2001 Tamil-language adaptation of King Lear. The production was directed by R. Raju from a script by Indira Parthasarthy. Read More

Samrat Lear (King Lear)

Brown, John Russell 1997

Samrat Lear, a March 1997 Hindi-language adaptation of King Lear by the National School of Drama in New Delhi. Directed by John R. Brown from a script by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Read More

Raja Lear

Bhuthiadia, Sharad 1993

Raja Lear, a 1993 Marathi-language adaptation of King Lear. Directed by Sharad Bhuthiadia from a translation by Vinda Karandikar. A faithful translation, this production was performed in a manner ‘faithful’ to the tradition of realist staging of Shakespeare. This has been the most common staging practice for Shakespeare in India. Read More

The Winter’s Tale (Bow Shakepeare Series #1)

Kodama, Akiko 1999

Takarazuka Revue staged an adaptation of The Winter’s Tale in 1999-2000 which was performed by the Flower Troupe at the Takarazuka Bow Hall, 3/4 – 3/14 and 1/28 – 2/6, and at the Nippon Seinenkan Hall, 2/12 – 2/18. The show was directed by Kodama Akiko. Read More

Twelfth Night

Perng, Ching-hsi

Part of the Shashibiya Mingju Donghua (Animated Shakespeare) series.

Taitasu Andoronikasu (Titus Andronicus)

Ninagawa, Yukio 2006

Taitasu Andoronikasu was performed in England in June 2006, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, United Kingdom. This production was directed by Yukio Ninagawa.



Billington, Michael. Review of “Titus Andronicus,” The Guardian, 22 June 2006.

Curtin, Sean. Review of “Titus Andronicus,” The Japan Society.

Kirwan, Peter. “Titus Andronicus (Ninagawa Company) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre,” The Bardathon, University of Nottingham, 24 June 2006.



Titus Andronicus

Wang, Chia-ming 2003

In 2003 the Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Company performed its adaption of Titus Andronicus under the direction of Wang Chia-ming at the Shakespeare in Taipei Festival. Director Wang worked with the puppeteer Shih Pei-Yu and the rock singer Ying Wei-min. Read More

The Tempest

Perng, Ching-hsi

Part of the Shashibiya Mingju Donghua (Animated Shakespeare) series.

The Tempest

Ninagawa, Yukio 1992

The Tempest directed by Yukio Ninagawa was performed at the Barbican Theatre, London in 1992.


Director: Yukio Ninagawa
Translator: Yushi Odashima
Set Designer: Toshiaki Suzuki
Lighting: Tamotsu Harada


Sho Shinohara as Adrian
Makoto Yuasa Alonso as King of Naples
Yoshisada Sakaguchi as Antonio
Yukihiro Miyauchi as Boatswain
Hiroki Okawa as Caliban
Yoji Matsuda as Ceres/Ariel
Noriihiro Inoue as Ferdinand
Tatsumi Aoyama as Gonzalo
Hirokazu Aoyama as Iris
Tokusaburo Arashi as Juno
Yukio Tsukamoto as Master of a Ship
Mariko Fuji as Miranda
Haruhiko Joh as Prospero
Kazuhisa Seshimo as Sebastian
Goro Daimon as Stephano
Kenichi Ishii as Trinculo

Production stills taken by Donald Cooper are available through Photostage.

For more information, visit the RSC Performances archive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


The Tempest

Tsui, Hark; Wu, Hsing-kuo 2004

Co-directed by Wu Hsing-kuo and the Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark, the Tempest combined jingju, kunju, and Taiwan’s aboriginal dance, with a cinematic visual language to comment on the tension between the aboriginals and mainland Chinese immigrants to the island of Taiwan. Read More

Wayang Tempest

Jenkins, Roger 2001

3.14 Company’s Wayang Tempest was a 2001 adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest directed by Roger Jenkins which incorporated Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets), Javanese dance, and Gamelan music. Read More

Ang Pagpapaamo sa Maldita

Abad, Ricardo 2001

This adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew is one of three significant Filipino productions based on Shakespeare’s works. The other two are a 2004 A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Ron Capinding as Nick Bottom and the 2011-12 version of Romeo and Juliet called Sintang Dalisay.

Ang Pagpapaamo sa Maldita is set in 1910 Bicol during the colonization of the Philippines by the United States (1898 – 1946). Katherina is portrayed as a headstrong Bicolana while Petruccio is an arrogant and pompous American.

(Reference: https://www.ateneo.edu/ls/soh/finearts/news/pure-love-and-wondrous-tale)



The Taming of the Shrew

Chung, Hsing-lin Tracy 2003

The English version of Hsing-lin Tracy Chung’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew premiered April 11-12 and 15-19, 2003 at the Ace Morgen Theatre in Granville, Ohio. Read More

Shakespeare in Tempo Year 12

Ninagawa, Yukio 2005

Tenpou Juuninen no Shakespeare / Shakespeare of the Year 1841


Tanaka, Nobuko. “The Bard in abundance in Edo Japan.” The Japan Times, 22 September 2005.

After four hours rejoicing in my seat as I watched “Tempo 12-nen no Shakespeare (Shakespeare in the 12th year of Tempo)” at the Theatre Cocoon, had I been wearing one I would have taken off my hat to the team who delivered the marvelous, grand-scale production — director Yukio Ninagawa, writer Hisashi Inoue, music director Ryudo Uzaki and the entire, accomplished cast.

Beforehand, this production had always been one to look forward to, though I had worried whether such a deluxe lineup of talents would be able to combine successfully to realize their potential. But from the very start, it was obvious that the world-renowned 69-year-old Ninagawa had worked his magic on 70-year-old Inoue’s epic — a single play that combines all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays into one story. Read full article.



Meili de Shashibiya (Beautiful Shakespeare)

Quintero, Craig 2003

Meili de Shashibiya (Beautiful Shakespeare), directed by Craig Quintero, is the fifth show in the Shakespeare in Taipei series. The production was performed in the 2003  Shakespeare in Taiwan Theatre Festival at the National Experimental Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan. Read More

36 Chowringhee Lane

Sen, Arpana 1981

In post-independence India an Anglo-Indian teacher, Violet Stoneham (Jennifer Kendal), lives a quiet and uneventful life at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, now Kolkata. Her brother Eddie (Geoffrey Kendal, Jennifer’s father in real life) is senile and ailing in a nursing home. After the marriage of her niece Rosemary (Soni Razdan), she is alone except for her cat, Sir Toby. Her only joy in life is teaching Shakespeare, despite the lack of interest from her students. Read More


Kapoor, Raj 1973

Bobby is a Bollywood adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Raj, the son of strict, wealthy parents, falls in love with Bobby, the daughter of a poor Christian fisherman — a romance his parents oppose. Read More

Mr. Romeo

Mukherjee, Subhash 1974

When Pal’s son kills a police constable, his best friend, Saxena, the only witness to this murder, comes forward and as a result Pal’s son is arrested and charged with murder. Pal pleads with Saxena to change his witness statement, but Saxena refuses to do so, and as a result Pal’s son gets convicted and is sentenced to death. Pal swears to avenge his son’s death. Years later, Saxena’s sons, Ramesh and Suresh, have grown up. While Suresh, the younger son, is serious, studious, and business-minded, Ramesh is quite the opposite. Pal’s son, Prem, befriends Suresh and gets him hooked-up with a gorgeous looking girl, and drugs his drinks, thus making him an addict. He falls in love with this girl and wants to get married to her. His parents and Ramesh are opposed to this, and Ramesh goes to the extent of threatening to kill her. Shortly thereafter, the girl is killed, and a drug-induced Suresh immediately believes that Ramesh is the killer. He abducts Ramesh’s to-be bride, Sheetal Batra, and takes her with him to his hideout. Now the climax is set between the two brothers – with Pal and Prem watching delightedly – as they know only one will survive, and the other will be arrested by the police, and get the death sentence, thus leaving the Saxena family childless and without any heir.

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For more information, visit IMDb.



One Husband Too Many (Yi qi liang fu)

Chan, Anthony 1988

In One Husband Too Many, Anthony Chan plays a b-grade stage actor whose wife has just left him. His brother (Kenny Bee) is a successful advertising man, whose wife has left him as well. Chan moves back in with Kenny, and they bemoan their lack of woman-holding skill. In an odd turn of events, they become entangled with the same woman (Cherie Chung). When Kenny seems to be winning the fight, Anthony uses dirty tactics. Read More

Flower from the Other Shore

Zhang, Jian 2001

Flower from the Other Shore is a production of Romeo and Juliet performed by the Holo Taiwanese Opera Troupe in 2001.



University of Laughs (Warai no daigaku)

Mamoru, Hoshi 2004

University of Laughs (Warai no Daigaku) is a story by Japanese dramatist Kōki Mitani which began as a play in 1996 starring actors Masahiko Nishimura as the Censor and Yoshimasa Kondo as the Playwright. The play won the Best Play Award at the 1996 Yomiuri Theater Awards. Read More


Khan, Mansoor 2000

Josh was a 2000 film directed and co-written by Mansoor Khan and inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The movie takes place in 1980 and is set in Goa, India. The story is centered around two rival gangs. The younger brother of one gang leader falls in love with the twin sister of the other gang leader. Read More

Chicken Rice War

Cheah, C.K. 2000 | 3 Comments

Chicken Rice War (Jiyuan qiaohe, dir. Chee Kong Cheah [CheeK], Mediacorp Raintree Pictures, 2000).

Supported by the Singapore Film Commission (SFC) and shot as a mockumentary with MTV-style rapid cuts and whooshing camerawork, the comedy film is Mediacorp Raintree Picture’s first movie primarily in English and the first feature-length work by CheeK, editorial director of MTV Asia (headquartered in Singapore). It frames and trivializes the feud in Romeo and Juliet by reducing the generations-old dispute between the aristocratic Montague and Capulet families, leading to bloodshed, to the rivalry between the Wong and Chan families, who own competing chicken rice stalls next to each other in a hawker center (semi-open-air food court) in the prosperous city-state.

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Romeo and Juliet

Perng, Ching-hsi

Part of the Shashibiya Mingju Donghua (Animated Shakespeare) series.