The vibrant theatre scene in Singapore offers a remarkable variety of productions – from musical plays with historical slants to reimagined classics and unique docu-theatre performances. Fancy a night out at the theatre? Whether you’re a seasoned theatre buff or a dilettante keen on discovering the stage, these five plays are must-sees in 2022 – and a great introduction to local theatre!
1. The LKY Musical – Singapore Repertory Theatre
The much awaited LKY Musical, watched by over 50,000 in its first run in 2015, returns in September 2022. This historical musical production tells the story of Singapore’s founding father, spanning from his days as a student to Singapore’s hard-fought independence in 1965. The play is directed by acclaimed West End director Steven Dexter (Forbidden City) and stars veteran actors Adrian Pang (as Lee Kuan Yew) and Kit Chan. Adding to the nostalgic appeal of the play is the music of Dick Lee, who is best known for his patriotic National Day songs.
From 7 September 2022
2. Pulau Ujong / Island at the End – Wild Rice
Pulau Ujong / Island at the End is one of the most unique theatre plays you can catch in Singapore this year because of its unconventional docu-play concept. Written by award-winning playwright Alfian Sa’at and directed by Edith Podesta, Pulau Ujong (which refers to one of the oldest recorded names for Singapore) imagines the city state’s distant past, before steel and concrete dominated its lush jungles and winding rivers. The story features an ensemble cast and incorporates interviews with climate scientists, botanists, zoologists, environmental historians and more – each expressing their laments and hopes for the environment and the importance of addressing climate change.
From 15 September 2022
3. End of the Rainbow – Pangdemonium
The tragic tale of Judy Garland’s last performances comes alive on stage in this poignant tribute to the legendary actress and singer. The play depicts her final years, which were marred by misfortune while the former child star explored her desires to both battle her demons and find love and happiness. Directed by Tracie Pang and written by Peter Quilter, End of the Rainbow features a Singaporean cast lead by Mina Kaye, Shane Mardjuki, TJ Taylor and Andrew Marko.
From 7-23 October 2022
4. A Singaporean in Paris
Be whisked away to the City of Lights in this popular local musical comedy starring and directed by iconic Singaporean playwright and actor Hossan Leong. A Singaporean in Paris sees the titular character travelling to Paris to pursue a life-long dream of performing in in a cabaret. Naturally, hijinks ensue and he learns that the city is not quite what he expected. The musical draws from Leong’s clear love for the French culture, a passion that lead to him being conferred Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Starring alongside him is Gabrielle Rae Sammy, Ethel Yap and Amin Alifin who makes his debut as a singer and actor. The four piece musical ensemble is lead by Elaine W Chan.
From 2-13 November 2022
5. Pinocchio – Wild Rice
Another Wild Rice production worth catching later in 2022 is Pinocchio. This brand new musical adaptation of the classic fairytale features original music by Julian Wong and lyrics by Joel Tan. Pam Oei, best known for her stint as a third of the Dim Sum Dollies, takes the reigns as director while Mae Elliessa, Ebi Shankara and Siti Khalijah Zainal lead the cast as Pinocchio, Gepetto and G-hopper. The First Stage Kids also make their return to the stage after three long years.
From 17 November 2022