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.
Be the star of your own fairytale with Andsoforth's latest immersive theatre production. Bring your childhood dreams to life at 22 experiential rooms decked with Instagrammable backdrops. Trek the desert with Ali Baba, fall down the rabbit hole with Alice, slide down the beanstalk with Jack, go under the sea with The Little Mermaid and more. Not only does your Instagram feed get a load of feeding – you can refuel at the dedicated rest area, Wonder Foodland, where meals are freshly prepared by Farm Appetit.
Written by playwright Ken Kwek, this sensitive yet socially relevant piece is inspired by the #MeToo movement. Expect to be served with the harsh but honest truth of our current day society with interviews-made-scripts of stories from those who experienced sexual assault.
The Necessary Stage dares you to examine the complexities of colonialism and its lingering traces. Director Alvin Tan and resident playwright Haresh Sharma explore the ‘legacies’ of colonisers and the identities of post-colonial worlds in this local production.
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.
Commemorate the bicentennial year through song and dance. Let this original dance-drama production take you into the mystical world of the Dragon's Teeth Gate, uncovering the forgotten stories of Singapore's past. This stage extravaganza features influences from renowned Indonesian choreographer Didik Nini Thowok, as well as local touches by historian Kua Bak Lim, playwright Han Laoda, and Peranakan costume designer Raymond Wong. It's also a great way to understand Singapore's journey from an island of immigrants to a modern metropolis forged by the multi-ethnic cultures.
Think out of the box and let your imagination run wild at Flipside. Esplanade's ten-day playful festival returns from May 24 to June 2 with a host of whimsical performances, larger-than-life installations, and pop-up arts and technology experiences that embrace eccentricity.
While Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) hits the pause button on Shakespeare in the Park this year, the local theatre company is bringing another set of Shakespeare goodness. Experience theatre through a screen instead of on stage as SRT presents screenings of The Bard's iconic plays – The Merchant of Venice (June 12), Hamlet (June 13), and Othello (June 14) – all produced and performed by the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
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.
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
Wag the Dog Theatre's ensemble returns to stage this summer with Paula Vogel's ground-breaking and critically acclaimed play How I Learned to Drive. Directed by Warren Baumgart Jr., this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama focuses on a young woman's experience of childhood trauma and her various attempts to steer to a safer path to adulthood. It also explores taboo themes which are brought to light and life with humour and sensitivity through Vogel's writing.
Let your imagination run wild at StoryFest. The annual festival celebrates the various styles, repertoire and cultural arts from Singapore and around the world through the power of storytelling. See the life of Frida Kahlo unfold through a special performance, catch a theatrical retelling of the ancient epic tale about the Sumerian king Gilgamesh, and sit tight for a night of magical myths from North America, Scotland, Brazil and Italy. Families can also gather around The Storyteller's Fire, immerse in Jungle Adventures, and indulge in a musical storytelling experience. There are also plenty of masterclasses, workshops and public activities to check out.
Cirque du Soleil presents its most acclaimed touring show written and directed by Michel Laprise. Time comes to a complete stop in Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities and everyone is invited to step into a fantasy world where the possibilities are endless. Get ready to be transported into the latter half of the nineteenth century, and follow a scientist – aka The Seeker – in his search for a hidden world, a place where the craziest ideas and grandest dreams await. Witness an international cast of 47 artists from 17 countries – we're talking a troupe of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, clowns, actors, musicians, and more – come together to The Seeker’s world, all guided by the sweet sounds of jazz and electro-swing.
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.
To celebrate the opening of its new theatre, W!ld Rice is launching its Housewarming Season, featuring the sold-out smash hits from the Singapore Theatre Festival 2018. An Actress Prepares, Faghag, and Supervision will all be reimagined to fit the new space, promising a fresh, new and exciting return of these must-see, socially relevant pieces.
If the mention of Cats got you humming to the tune of Memory rather than of kitties meowing, then get your paws (or claws) on tickets to Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Cats The Musical. One of the longest-running shows on the West End and Broadway, the fantasy tale follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles that only come out to play on one special night of the year. They share stories of their old and wise leader who must then choose one of the Cats to take on The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle life. With synth-heavy songs, captivating choreography, and fur-tastic costumes, it's a spectacle for the cool cats.