arts 06.3.09

BAM: $25 Tickets to Shakespeare's Machiavellian Masterpiece
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Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

"A punchy, irreverent makeover that retools Shakespeare for the world of Saddam, the CIA, and the House of Saud." – The Guardian (UK)

In an oil-rich kingdom, a dictator's bloody rise to power becomes an allegory of our own times in Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al-Bassam's groundbreaking remake of Shakespeare's Machiavellian masterpiece. Grainy TV confessions, sophisticated propaganda, and a wealth of Arabic music and ritual lend themes of leadership, religion, and foreign intervention an uncanny relevance, turning this classic play into a cautionary contemporary tale.

This work was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the Complete Works Festival.

See the video preview and read more about Richard III: An Arab Tragedy at

Jun 9–12 at 7:30pm
BAM Harvey Theater
$25, 35, 45

Sabab/Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre (Kuwait)
Adapted and directed by Sulayman Al-Bassam

Performed in Arabic with English titles

This event is part of Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas. Presented by Asia Society, BAM, and NYU Center for Dialogues, Muslim Voices is a city-wide festival celebrating the artistic diversity of the Muslim world.

Bloomberg is the presenting sponsor of BAM 2009 Spring Season

[Photo by Ellie Kurtz]


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