Globetrotting circus company Cirque du Soleil is turning the Big Top next to Marina Bay Sands into a whimsical steampunk dream – think cool combos of metal and leather, clunky machines, futuristic inventions, and acrobats that break the laws of physics. Time stops in this alternate Victorian era, transporting the audience to a fantasy world where the possibilities are endless.
Strap in for a magic carpet ride to a whole new world with this hit Broadway musical. It’s a chest full of catchy songs from the Disney classic, plus fourth wall-breaking humour, glittering costumes and lavish sets to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah. There’s no doubt it’s going to be shining, shimmering, splendid.
Prior to the official opening of its Funan theatre in September, Wild Rice invites all to catch returning shows and a brand new production, at its swanky new digs. It's the perfect opportunity to observe the new space and facilities including Singapore's first-ever thrust stage, all while enjoying shows like Thomas Lim's Supervision. The premiere of Anything Can Happen/Something Must Happen is set to perform at Aliwal Arts Centre.
The Orange Production returns to turn on your lightbulb with another thought-provoking piece. Written by emerging theatre practitioner Ellison Tan Yuyang and directed by Alvin Tan, We Were So Hopeful Then sheds a light on the issues that are often overlooked within the theatre industry. It's also a nod to the industry personnel who stands backstage, observing the invisibility at the workplace and the unfairness in public accolades.
Gather the little ones for The Little Company's take on the Roald Dahl classic, Fantastic Mr Fox. Jam-packed with family-friendly humour and action, the Mandarin musical adaptation follows the brave and clever Mr Fox who outsmarts three villainous farmers with the help of his family and friends.
If there's one thing The Necessary Stage nails, it's schooling theatre-goers about mental illness. Under The Orange Production, Acting Mad is based on the text by Haresh Sharma (who also directs this) and SOTA graduates Harris Albar and Maryam Noorhimli. Based on verbatim texts of interviews with local theatre actors who experience mental health issues, this production highlights the mental illness and stigma found within the industry and how theatre can aid such individuals.
Big Brother is watching you. Performed by Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Young Company as part of its graduation show, George Orwell’s critically acclaimed dystopian fiction 1984 follows Winston Smith who is physically and mentally under the watchful eye of Big Brother. The novel may have been written during the late 40s but the theme of control over information, history and technology is more relevant now than ever before.
One for the whole family, catch the stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish, as well as companion titles, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites, at the Victoria Theatre. Brought to you by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, feast your eyes for a kaleidoscope of puppetry spectacle that follows the Rainbow Fish as he explores the deep blue sea.
One of Singapore theatre's most iconic characters is taking over the stage. Cue Emily Gan – a feminist who overcomes all odds, including carefully smashing the patriarchy, to claim her place as the matriarch of a notable Peranakan household. This immersive, reimagined version of Stella Kon's classic invites the audience to step into the golden age of Straits-Chinese 1930s as the theatre transforms into Emily's impressive, opulent mansion.
Unless you've been living under a rock, this year sees the Singapore Bicentennial commemorated islandwide. And Wild Rice is acknowledging the event with an Alfian Sa'at and Neo Hai Bin collaboration that trails a group called Raffles Must Fall that examines the country's colonial heritage through forgotten texts, historical documentation and artefacts, even going beyond to re-enact scenes from the past for a better understanding.
Who says comedy can't be challenging and insightful too? This Wild Rice production explores the expectations and the roles of men and women, as well as the inequalities faced by either gender. Fair Play starts off with Boy and Girl who are each assigned scripts by a Playwright before making their debut into our world. This is then followed by the launch of the Theatre-In-Education (TIE) programme which aims to ignite discussions among the youth in terms of the play's themes as well as issues faced in everyday life and the world we live in.
Go on a musical adventure with the boy who never grows up – with a local twist. Due to the pressures of school and growing up in Singapore, Wendy and her brother crave for an escape. After meeting Peter Pan, they journey towards Neverland where no adults are allowed. But little do they know that the wicked, buaya-fearing Captain Hook and his gang of pirates are just around the corner to stir things up.
The demon barber of Fleet Street is finally making his way to our shores. The Singapore production of the acclaimed musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim stars Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress Lea Salonga, best known for giving voice to Kim in Miss Saigon, as well as Disney characters Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. Catch the legendary songstress play the role of Mrs Lovett, Sweeney's accomplice who bakes his victims into pies at her bakery. But it's not all blood, murder and catastrophe, the musical explores themes of human interaction that are still relevant in today's political landscape: how people can move around the world with impunity, how dark human desires can be and the lengths people are willing to go to in order to survive.
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.