By Express Features Service
Theatre director Sunil Shanbag’s Maro Piyu Gayo Rangoon, a Gujarati adaptation of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, became a runway hit after it opened in the UK’s Globe theatre in 2012. The play, whose setting has been shifted to Gujarat, Bombay and Myanmar at the turn of the 20th century, will now be staged in Hindi, titled Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, in Mumbai this weekend. It will travel to Delhi in July.
Set against the backdrop of the flourishing opium trade, the play follows a young girl Heli, who is in love with Bharatram, her guardian’s son and goes to a great length to win him over. Talking about the process of adapting the play, Shanbag says, “We took a classic Shakespeare play and placed it in the context of a rich chapter in Indian mercantile history. We replaced the world of nobles and royals with one of trade and commerce between Saurashtra, old Mumbai and Rangoon at the turn of the last century. We incorporated the Bhangwadi tradition of performance that was popular in Mumbai in the 1900s. It is distinctive in its use of music, painted curtains and an old world playhouse effect.”