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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)


Alumni Association 125th Anniversary Events

Shakespeare Company "Hamure〜Hamlet in the Closing Days of Oshu"

"To be or not to be, that is the question."

The Shakespeare Company is a famous, popular Sendai theatrical group known for bringing the Tohoku dialect and history into its versions of Shakespeare.

On June 19, the troupe performed "Hamure - Hamlet in the Closing Days of Oshu" at the Okuma Auditorium.

This is the Shakespeare Company's major work, set in the history-changing final days of Oshu, where the turmoil and insanity of the Sendai lord's eldest son are delivered strongly and somberly in the Sendai dialect. Before the performance, troupe leader Kazumi Shimodate gave a special address, talking about Shoyo Tsubouchi, pioneer of Shakespeare translation in Japan, making the performance all the more deeper.

As this event brought together Waseda graduates to celebrate the 125th year of the establishment of the alumni association, in April, graduate Mansaku Nomura also gave a performance of "Waseda Kyogen Evening."