SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean theaters have launched a series of reinterpreted Shakespearean plays for the fall-winter season of 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the globally revered British poet and playwright.
The theaters have introduced classical Shakespearean plays with a variety of witty tweaks from different angles, shedding new light onto how these world classics relate to modern lives and values.
One such homegrown Shakespearean variation is “Coriolanus,” presented by Seoul-based performing arts company Imagineatre. Shakespeare’s original play of the same name portrays the fall of a great Roman hero after becoming mired in a political power struggle.
Imagineatre’s reinterpreted play sets the story in an imaginary modern-day Roman Republic. Amid political unrest due to civil protests, state-led persecution, terrorism and corruptive media, the play’s characters are confronted with a tarnished view of representative democracy and are ultimately left to question the validity of the ideology as a general principle of civil values.