‘Lo Mio and Chiu Liet’ — A Malaysian twist on a Shakespearean classic... with chopsticks

‘Lo Mio and Chiu Liet: Forbidden Love in Forbidden City’ is a local adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers ‘Romeo and Juliet’. — Picture courtesy of Sifu Production
‘Lo Mio and Chiu Liet: Forbidden Love in Forbidden City’ is a local adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers ‘Romeo and Juliet’. — Picture courtesy of Sifu Production

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — ‘O Lo Mio, Lo Mio, whyforth mantao’ may not be a typical line from William Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, but this original adaptation of Romeo and Juliet has been given a twist by director/co-writer Freddy Tan and co-writer UiHua Cheah.

Presented by The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat and the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), SIFU Production’s Lo Mio and Chiu Liet: Forbidden Love in Forbidden City (羅妙與邱麗葉:紫禁城禁忌之戀) has been turned into a ‘tragi-dramedy’ set in turn-of-the-century feudal China, where a cultural clash between the westernised House of Chiu and the feudalist House of Lo becomes the wedge between our star-crossed lovers.

Lo Mio and Chiu Liet contains many comedic infusions of its Chinese setting without straying too far from its source material, and will be a bilingual English/Cantonese (with some Mandarin) production with subtitles in both English and Chinese.

Alfred Loh, Amanda Ang, Dylan Yeo, Emily Tan, Fahad Iman, Gregory Sze, Ho Su Chuin Mark Beau De Silva, Shawn Loong, Stefanie Paulus and William Yap make up the talented 11-member cast of the play.

This is the second play to be launched under klpac’s 2016 Shakespeare Festival, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Lo Mio and Chiu Liet: Forbidden Love in Forbidden City will be opening slightly after Chinese New Year, from February 25 until March 6, 2016 at klpac’s pentas 2.

Tickets are priced at RM45 for adults, and RM35 for students, disabled and TAS card members.

For more information on the festival and other upcoming plays, please visit: http://www.klpac.org, call +603 4047 9000 (klpac) or +603 7880 7999 (ticketpro).

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