1830 Map of Singapore, John Murray.


How has Shakespeare featured in 19th- and 20th-century Singapore? What were 19th-century English touring productions of Shakespeare like? How did individuals from Singapore’s diverse ethnic communities respond to and rework Shakespeare’s plays across the 20th century? Beyond the classroom, how did students and teachers creatively adapt Shakespeare’s texts to better resonate with life in this tropical city?

This digital tour explores the Shakespearean threads within Singapore’s multicultural history, tracing how people in Singapore engaged with Shakespeare as this island transitioned from being a British colony to an independent Southeast Asian state.


P.S.- If you'd like a primer on Singapore itself, head to the 'About Singapore' page.

The Singapore River. Courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board. Accession no. 2000-03733-251.

Tamil Shakespeare