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Upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

Book and secure front-row seats at these upcoming musicals, plays and dance performances in Singapore
Inala, Sisters Grimm
INALA
By Cam Khalid |
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There's no business like show business. With a plethora of stage takeovers in Singapore, it's fair to say that the performing arts scene here is having a moment. From Broadway and West End international tours to high-quality productions by local theatre companies in our backyard, here are the best upcoming dance performances, plays, musicals and revivals bursting with glittery costumes, catchy scores, captivating choreography, and Grade A entertainment.

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Theatre

The Truth

icon-location-pin KC Arts Centre, Raffles Place
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No one can resist a good story and Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) is bringing the West End play, The Truth, to KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT from April 3. Written by French playwright Florian Zeller, this witty stage production helmed by UK-based, Singaporean director Ng Choon Ping tells the unsettling tale of marital infidelity experienced by two middle-aged couples. Weaving in elements of sex, lies and best friends' wives with humour and profoundness, this clever comedy deals with deceit – whether to oneself or others.

Theatre

Gretel and Hansel

icon-location-pin KC Arts Centre, Raffles Place
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Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company launches its 2019 season with a timeless classic from our childhoods. Written by Suzanne Lebeau and directed by theatre veteran Daniel Jenkin, this production reimagines the beloved Grimm Brothers tale, Hansel and Gretel, by showcasing the perspective of the elder sister who's been feeling rather envious of her little brother ever since his birth. Through their dangerous adventures in the forest together, the two must learn how to look past their differences and get along – which we're sure many of us can relate.

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Bette Davis on the Edge
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Theatre

Bette Davis on the Edge

icon-location-pin The Projector, Kallang
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Relive the entire history of the American Motion Picture industry through the eyes and memories of the legendary Bette Davis in October 1962 in this one-woman show starring London-based actress Christine St John. Follow Bette Davis as she reflects on her acting career from start to present while anxiously waiting for the reviews of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Let her monologue provide insight into what Hollywood was like in its heyday, as well as being one of the best actresses of that generation. 

Theatre

The Studios 2019: The Weight of a Stone in a Pocket

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Like a stone in a pocket, we are all weighed down by some sort of past – sometimes we may forget it, but it is always there. With the 2019 season of The Studios, journey through and explore five different stories from five different individuals, across five different times, as they recollect how significant events have changed or affected their lives. 

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Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

icon-location-pin Esplanade Theatre (Esplanade Theatres on the Bay), City Hall
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One of the finest contemporary dance companies in East Asia, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a bang at the Esplanade Theatre. Spearheaded by writer-turned-choreographer Lin Hwai-min, the company has cemented itself in the world of international dance with its brilliant hybrid of techniques derived from martial arts, calligraphy, qigong, ballet and modern dance. But despite the contemporary take, Lin Hwai-min's sophisticated choreography still embodies the Chinese spirit.

Theatre, Musicals

The Phantom of the Opera

icon-location-pin Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay
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With over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s and four Olivier Awards, The Phantom of the Opera returns to Singapore for the second time. Loyal fans and those who missed it back in 2013 can catch this globally acclaimed musical masterpiece at Sands Theatre from April 24 onwards. Get starry-eyed by the spectacular set, stunning costumes by the late Maria Björnson and sweeping romantic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber as you follow the journey of the Phantom himself, a disfigured musical maven who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. He then eventually falls in love with a gracefully talented and beautiful Soprano named Christine. However, drama and tragedy enfold as feelings of love, jealousy and passion collide.

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Dionysus, SIFA
Photo: Suzuki Company of Toga
Theatre

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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Soak up Singapore’s thriving creative scene as the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) marks its 42nd edition this year. Offering a myriad of programmes spread over 18 days at various locations including the Victoria Theatre, SOTA Drama Theatre and the Drama Centre, the festival presents blockbuster performances from all around the world. Headlining this year is a play entitled Dionysus, a cross-cultural adaptation of the Greek tragedy The Bacchae by Suzuki Company of Toga (Japan) and Purnati Indonesia (Indonesia). Don't miss three new commissioned Singapore works by artist Ho Tzu Nyen, Checkpoint Theatre and Toy Factory Productions as well.

Theatre

Civilised

icon-location-pin The Necessary Stage Black Box, Marine Parade
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The Necessary Stage is taking over the stage with an audacious new production that challenges audiences to examine the complexities of colonialism and colonisation, as well as its traces in our world today. Director Alvin Tan and resident playwright Haresh Sharma explore the ‘legacies’ of colonisers and the identities of post-colonial worlds. With a stellar cast starring Edith Podesta, Ghafir Akbar, Koh Wan Ching, Lian Sutton and Siti Khalijah Zainal, Civilised truly poses the question of whether society has moved beyond the dark past of colonisation.

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Dance

INALA

icon-location-pin Sands Theatre, Marina Bay
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The multi-award winning Zulu ballet INALA is making its way from London's West End to the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands for five special performances. Brought to you by the production company Sisters Grimm, INALA mixes elements of Western ballet, contemporary dance and traditional Zulu song and dance to create a vibrant production featuring two-time Grammy Award-winning South African choral legends, the Soweto Gospel Choir, as well as former and current Royal Ballet and Rambert dancers. It also showcases the work of multi-award winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE to deliver a powerful and elevating experience. 

Paris Opera Ballet
Photo: Sébastien Mathé
Dance, Ballet

Paris Opera Ballet

icon-location-pin Esplanade Theatre (Esplanade Theatres on the Bay), City Hall
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The national ballet powerhouse of France, Paris Opera Ballet, is pirouetting its way to the Esplanade Theatre as part of this year's da:ns series. From June 21 to 23, world-class ballet dancers are honouring legends William Forsythe, Jerome Robbins and Crystal Pite with three awe-inspiring compositions. With a history dating back to more than 300 years ago, the Paris Opera Ballet is the epitome of classical dance. Follow the elegant flow, ethereal movements and impressive techniques as the dance company takes you on a journey through three compositions in one seating. Specially created for the Paris Opera Ballet by post-modern choreographer William Forsythe, Blake Works I sees classical ballet moving into contemporary terrain over seven youthful songs by English electronic musician James Blake. Next is In the Night by one of the most influential figures in Broadway, Jerome Robbins. It showcases three refined duets, where each is choreographed to a different composition by Chopin. One of the most sought after dancers of today, Crystal Pite's The Seasons' Canon is the last of the three. It debuted in 2016 and features 54 dancers performing complex formations to Max Richter's avant-garde version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Whether you're a ballet enthusiast or rookie, it's worth noting that the Paris Opera Ballet rarely tours the region, so catching the dance company in action is a huge deal. Secure your front row seats here. Time Out Singapore in partnership with Esplanade

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Theatre, Musicals

Aladdin

icon-location-pin Sands Theatre, Marina Bay
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Before you catch the live-action adaptation of the award-winning Disney smash hit, strap in for a magic carpet ride to a whole new world this July. The hit Broadway musical Aladdin is making its way to Marina Bay Sands with a chest full of the much-loved music, glittering costumes and jaw-dropping sets to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah including the colourful marketplace, the grand palace and the legendary Cave of Wonders. Catch the talented Gareth Jacobs as the Genie, Graeme Isaako as Aladdin and Shubshri Kandiah as Jasmine. There's no doubt it's going to be shining, shimmering, splendid.  

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