Singapore’s Most Successful Musical: Forbidden City

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Singapore’s Most Successful Musical: Forbidden City

July 24, 2017

Catch the restaging of the most successful original musical ever produced in Singapore – Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. Presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade, the epic musical had three sold-out runs, with over 100,000 tickets sold.

It stars home-grown singing sensation Kit Chan as Empress Dowager Cixi, with local actress Cheryl Tan as the young imperial concubine Yehenara, and features music by Singapore Cultural Medallion winner Dick Lee, with lyrics by Olivier Award winner Stephen Clark.

The cast also includes West End and Broadway star Earl Carpenter (Les Misérables), Broadway star Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as well as Singapore's very own Sebastian Tan (Broadway Beng).

Featuring stylised sets and stunning costumes, the musical tells the tale of a young concubine in love, a dying emperor, a heartless traitor, an idealistic artist and an empire that stands to fall. Told through the eyes of Kate Carl who is commissioned to paint the empress’ portrait, the musical recounts Cixi’s trials and tribulations from an ingenious concubine to a ruthless ruler to unmask the woman behind the painted face.

Be mesmerised by this soulful tale of dark secrets, whispered rumours, love, betrayal and power. Find out what really happened in the Forbidden City over a century ago, who the real Dowager Empress was, and whether she was the Dragon Lady of myth or a misunderstood victim of circumstance.

8 – 27 August 2017

• Tuesday to Friday (except 9 August): 8pm
• Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
• Sunday: 1.30pm & 6pm
• 9 August: 2pm

Esplanade Theatre

$28 to $138 from SISTIC

Photo courtesy of Singapore Repertory Theatre

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