Sunday, September 3, 2017

Shakespeare in Paradise 2017

SiP 2017 opens October 2!!

Opening on October 2nd, Ringplay Productions will present its 9th Annual Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival. 

This year's festival features 5 shows, 2 touring productions, 3 special events, 1 workshop, and 50 artists in 12 days.


Our Signature Shakespeare Production is Othello, Shakespeare's tale of love, race, and jealousy. It features Mark Humes as Othello and David Burrows as Iago, and introduces Amanda Pavan as Desdemona. 

Director: Philip A. Burrows

Dates: 4-7 October, 8P
Winston V. Saunders Theatre, Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

Once on This Island

Our Signature Caribbean Work is the musical Once On This Island by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Inspired by the story of The Little Mermaid, this musical takes Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love: Or, The Peasant Girl, a tale about a young woman who falls in love outside her class, and sets it dancing.

Dedicated to the memory of the late Bryan Thompson, who introduced this musical to Nassau in 1996, this musical features some of the most talented singers in the country.

Director: Philip A. Burrows 
Musical Director: Adrian Archer

Dates: 11-14 October, 8P
Winston V. Saunders Theatre, Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

Small Axe

We are pleased to present the premiere of Small Axe, a new Bahamian political play written and directed by Nicolette Bethel. Jonico Pratt and Sekani Nash play rival cousins, and Rukenya Nash plays the woman who comes between them. Small Axe examines history, culture, politics and foreign investment in the contemporary Bahamas.

Written and directed by Nicolette Bethel 

Dates: 2-7 October, 8P
Philip A. Burrows Theatre, Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.
From abroad, we welcome Sardia Robinson from the US and Jamaica with her one woman show From A Yardie To A Yankee which also plays in the Philip A. Burrows Black Box Theatre. Performances are Monday, October 9, Wednesday, October 11, Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14.

Returning from Grand Valley State University are Bard To Go with their new production, The Wonder of Will: This is Your Afterlife! This show will tour high schools and will also have a public performance, details to be announced.
Primary school students are in for a treat with the return of internationally renowned storyteller Derek Burrows, who will visit schools throughout New Providence.

Solo special events will also take place in this year's festival.

We're proud to present Judah The Lion in concert on Tuesday, October 3, and Tebby Burrows in concert on Tuesday, October 10.

We will be partnering with the Folger Shakespeare Library to offer a one-day Shakespeare workshop for student teachers and teachers of English on Friday, October 6.

The screening of Derek Burrows' documentary film Before the Trees Was Strange, an exploration of the experience of race in a Bahamian family, with a talkback with the filmmaker afterwards, will take place on Thursday, October 12.

Discounts and Tickets

We're offering a special season ticketany five shows for just $100, a saving of $50.

Select your shows using this form:
Early reservations will begin September 4.

SiP's Box Office will officially open September 18 at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

Telephone 393-3728 or 394-7179, or email us at

A total of 10 student matinee performances (11A weekdays) will also be offered during the festival as a part of the festival's ongoing student outreach program.

Student and senior discounts and group rates are also available.