Country South Korea

Discipline Theater

Recomended for +6

Duration 90 minutes

Language Korean with Spanish subtitles

Dates January 7 and 8, 20.00h

This excitingly fast and loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet tells its tale with a noticeably sunny slant

London Evening Standard

After putting on the play The Tempest at Santiago a Mil in 2016, the South Korean company Mokwha Repertory returns to Chile with its original adaptation of an all-time classic: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. With complete creative freedom, this renowned group reinterprets this story and sets it in Korea, a country rich in tradition and culture. In their unique theatrical style, bringing together elements such as dance and Korean rituals, touches of humor, martial arts and live music, the company offers a fresh take on this well-known love story. A legendary company in Asian theater, Mokwha Repertory adapts Shakespeare’s most universal piece to create a colorful, quick-witted and intense spectacle, in which East and West and past and present fuse with the most famous love story of all time.

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Company

Compañía Mokwha Repertory

The Mokwha Repertory Company is a prestigious South Korean theater company founded in 1984 with the aim of restoring the country’s identity and culture at a time when it was under increasing foreign influence. Their repertoire, with which they have toured countries such as England, Germany, Chile, Italy and the United States, adapts original plays, such as The Tempest by Shakespeare. Their style is a fusion of Western contemporary and traditional Eastern theater.

By William Shakespeare | Cast Jingak Chung, Youngkwang Song, Jeeyoung Jeong, Jaeyeun Yoo, Seungyeol Lee, Bong Hyun Kim, Youjin Cho, Wonjun Jang, Jooeun Lim, Byungyong Lee, Keunhwan Lee, Hyun wo Shon, Hyunjeong Bak, Ja Yeon Kim, Boyeon Hwang, Ji eun Shin, Jeonguk Yun, Seulgi Kim, Narin Park, Jaeseon Kum, Soonwook Jeong, Sa Bean Hwang, Chahyeon Kim, Kayoko Sato | Musicians Dahye Cha, Hagyeong Kim, Seung Ryoul Jung, Daehyun Lee | Company General Manager Jeeyoung Jeong | Planning Manager Byungyong Lee | Lighting Designer Kyungcheon Lee | Costume Designer Seung Moo Lee | Choreographer Eun Ji Kang | Company Production Manager Jun Oh | Producer Hyejeong Lee | Props Designer Jaeyeun Yoo | Marketing manager Hyunjeong Bak | Subtitle Operator Jaeone Choi

  • Romeo and Juliet is a universal classic and a story that never gets old, becoming a play as original as it is recognizable. The director uses the rivalry between the Montagues and Capulets to evoke the political divisions in Korea from the middle of the twentieth century onwards.

  • Premiered in 1995, the Mokwha Repertory Company has toured this South Korean version of Shakespeare’s classic worldwide, performing at important venues and theater festivals in Germany, Japan, England, China, India and Taiwan. At the Barbican Pit in London in 2006, it was a sell-out.

  • It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about South Korea, a country that has become more well-known in the last few decades thanks to its music, movies, cuisine and literature. With Romeo y Julieta, Oh brings a vast repertoire of Korean traditions and culture to Chile, including dance, music and martial arts.
  • South Korea. Also known as the Republic of Korea, this Asian country came into existence when Korea was politically and geographically divided into two states - North and South Korea - after the Second World War. From 1948 onwards, the latter had its own government and constitution. The relationship between the two Koreas is tense: technically, they are always at war, although dialogue has recently been reestablished through a series of summits between its leaders to agree on peace and denuclearize the peninsular.

  • Korean theater. Korea has a rich theatrical history, mainly originating from the masked dances that were the most popular form of theater until the nineteenth century. These involved dance performances, rituals and circus acts in which the actors used masks, sang, acted and danced. At the end of the nineteenth century, foreign influence led to them putting on plays by Western playwrights such as Shakespeare and Chekhov, with Korean theater becoming more modern and diverse. Nowadays it mixes traditional Korean, classical Western and experimental and avant-garde theater with a more popular kind of theater similar to that of Broadway.

  • Romeo and Juliet. This William Shakespeare classic tells the tragic love story of young Romeo and Juliet. Set in Verona (Italy) in the sixteenth century, they belong to two rival families, the Montagues and Capulets and, forced to live apart, they prefer to die. It is Shakespeare’s most popular play after Hamlet and its two main characters have become a universal symbol for star-crossed lovers, condemned as they were to be apart by forces far greater than them.

  • Shakespearean tragedy. The English playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616), master of drama with a universal appeal, developed the genre of tragedy from the start of his career, with pieces such as Tito Andronico, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. All had admirable but flawed protagonists whose decisions lead inevitably to a tragic end.

«Korean director Oh Tae Suk works his magic on Shakespeare's enduring love story»

Official London Theatre

«Oh’s highly stylized approach is apparent in the opening street brawl between the gangs of Capulet and Montague toughs, which becomes a ritualized martial arts dance in which the adversaries face the audience rather than each other as they go through a series of graceful, exhilarating, synchronized moves»

The Stage, United Kingdom

«Master Oh's production brings a refreshing and unique interpretation, full of the traditional comedy and tragedy of the piece but also dance and movement in a style particular to the Korean and Asian cultures»

Broadway World

This excitingly fast and loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet tells its tale with a noticeably sunny slant

London Evening Standard

«Korean director Oh Tae Suk works his magic on Shakespeare's enduring love story»

Official London Theatre

«Oh’s highly stylized approach is apparent in the opening street brawl between the gangs of Capulet and Montague toughs, which becomes a ritualized martial arts dance in which the adversaries face the audience rather than each other as they go through a series of graceful, exhilarating, synchronized moves»

The Stage, United Kingdom

«Master Oh's production brings a refreshing and unique interpretation, full of the traditional comedy and tragedy of the piece but also dance and movement in a style particular to the Korean and Asian cultures»

Broadway World