One of Asia’s most unique stories, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress is coming back to the stage in August 2017!
Love what you’re seeing? Here’s why you should book your tickets, pronto!
Originally staged in 2002, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress is one of the most successful Singapore-made musicals ever made, has sold more than 100,000 tickets to date and has three immense runs under its belt.
Based on historial events and crafted for an international audience, it tells the story of China’s legendary Empress Dowager Cixi through the eyes of Kate Carl, an artist who is commissioned to paint the Empress’s portrait. The performance explores the trials and tribulations Cixi faces over the course of 50 years, from her days as a concubine to a ruthless leader and revolves around the recurring themes of love and betrayal.
A stellar creative team and cast helm this gripping musical, a collaborative effort between the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and Esplanade: the lyrics and music were penned and composed by Cultural Medallion Recipient Dick Lee and the Olivier award-winning Stephen Clark respectively, while the role of Empress Cixi will be played by Singapore’s very own Kit Chan.
Other cast members include Sebastian Tan, Cheryl Tan, ST Life! Theatre Award winner Benjamin Chow, West End sensation Earl Carpenter and Broadway star Steffanie Leigh.
Gaurav Kripalani, SRT’s artistic director says, “In many ways, it defines what SRT is and what Singapore is becoming – a place where the best artistic talent from Singapore and abroad congregate, collaborate and create. The musical is a unique Asian story and is emphatically stamped with a ‘Made in Singapore’ label.”
From The Finder (Issue 285), July 2017
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