Theatre fans are in for a treat! Get a load of this lineup of award -winning musicals and shows...
We have seen the likes of West Side Story, The Lion King, Mamma Mia and Legally Blonde on our sunny shores over the years and this year has been nothing short of an amazing lineup. From experiencing Agrabah in Aladdin to immersing yourself in Parisian opulence with Phantom of the Opera, it has been a good year for theatre buffs. There are still a few musicals to catch before the year comes to an end – we have also thrown in a stand-up comedy show that you ought not to miss.
Singapore’s most iconic drag queen comic, Kumar, needs no introduction. His stand-up shows are studded with political gags and dirty jokes. Now, he’s back with a show in support of Beyond Social Services, a charity dedicated to nurturing disadvantaged families. All proceeds will go to the charity, so do good and get some laughs while you’re at it.
Kumar Konnects, Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178907
A Spoonful of Sherman
20 – 30 November
The West End’s hit musical revue (a rarity in Singapore!), A Spoonful of Sherman is making its Asian premiere here on our shores! This feel-good musical is replete with stunning, renowned tunes like Let’s Go Fly A Kite!, It’s A Small World (After All), A Spoonful Of Sugar and Feed The Birds alongside jazz hands (yes!) and stunning sets. Perfect for the whole family and is bound to put a smile on your face.
A Spoonful of Sherman, SOTA Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Dr, Singapore 227968
Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
28 November – 8 December
Tony Award-winner and OG Disney queen Lea Salonga transforms into Mrs Lovett in the award-winning musical thriller Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. We’re all familiar with Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal in Tim Burton’s movie version but with her serious acting chops and pipes, we’re confident that Salonga’s going to crush it.
Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, various timings, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
17 December – 5 January
Andrew Lloyd Webber fans are in for a treat. After The Phantom of the Opera’s successful run earlier this year, fans will get to witness another record-breaking musical. Cats, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, is coming to Singapore! Watch the Jellicle Cats prance around and belt out popular numbers like ‘Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats’, ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’ and of course, ‘Memory’.
Cats, various timings, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
What you missed
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
1 – 2 March
Heads up, Potterheads: here’s a show that’s all kinds of magic. You can catch the third of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series in 2019. More than 100 musicians will be performing live as you watch Harry, Ron and Hermione meet escaped prisoner Sirius Black in the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. Dementors and werewolf aside, you’ll be entranced by John Williams’ incredible score, which takes reliving this film to whole new levels.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
The Phantom of the Opera
24 Apr – 12 May
Can you believe it’s been over three decades since this musical first opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London? Gaston Leroux’s novel comes to life once again and we’re sooo ready for its return. With Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal score, you’ll feel your emotions rise and fall with the haunting love triangle that ensues.
The Phantom of the Opera, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973
Matilda the Musical
21 February – 10 March
This is the musical of the hour for anyone who has grown up with Roald Dahl’s classics. This award-winning musical brings a coming-of-age tale of a bookish little girl with the courage and the smarts to stand up for herself and others. We highly recommend digging up your decades-old copy of Matilda and giving it a read once again before catching this musical!
Matilda The Musical, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973
Watch: Inala – a Zulu Ballet
19 – 22 June
This one’s a sight to behold. Straight from London’s West End, Inala is the multi-award-winning Zulu ballet that everyone’s raving about. The Southeast Asian premier With only five performances from 19 – 22 June, it’s your only chance to catch Grammy award-winning South African choral legends Soweto Gospel Choir with award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE.
Inala – a Zulu Ballet, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973
Andsoforth’s 22 Stories
1 May – 30 June
We love an immersive, theatrical, artsy and OOT experience and Andsoforth’s got it all. Spread across 22,000 sq ft, navigate through 22 Instagrammable rooms and travel through ‘four lands’ – Grimmsneyland, Land of Nights, Storyland and Wonderland. You might just bump into characters and scenes from your favourite childhood stories.
Andsoforth’s 22 Stories, various timings, PeopleUp @ Pandan 200 Pandan Gardens, Singapore 609336
Story Party Singapore | True Dating Stories
Guys, dating is hard. And turns out… hella funny too. Kilo Lounge at Tanjong Pagar Road is hosting a Story Party where you’ll hear true dating stories that’ll make you fall off your chair and maybe even feel better about your life. Professional storytellers (part of the Story Party Tour) will be sharing true tales. So you’ve got a horror-mystery-tragic tale to tell too? Take to the stage or drop an anonymous confession slip that will be read out. It’s okay – it’s a safe space!
Story Party Singapore | True Dating Stories, 7pm, Kilo Lounge 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088444
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities
6 – 21 July
You’ve not seen anything until you’ve witnessed Cirque du Soleil’s spellbinding shows. Not only does it set the bar really high, but you’re also immersed into a world of acrobatic acts. Cirque du Soleil drops by Singapore for its most acclaimed touring show, Kurios. Celebrating the greatest inventions of the 19th century, step into the works of an ambitious inventor and forget everything you know about the laws of time, space and dimensions. Rest assured, you will be #mindblown.
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, various timings, Under The Big Top, Bayfront Avenue, Beside Marina Bay Sands
Three Fat Virgins Unassembled (3FVU)
10 – 14 July
How has female identity in work, education, marriage and parenthood changed over the years? Or has it even changed at all? Witness four talented women Chanel Ariel Chan, Munah Bagharib, Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai and Zelda Tatiana Ng, along with director Grace Kalaiselvi as they give a modern spin to the hilarious 1990s play, Three Fat Virgins Unassembled, directed by Ovidia Yu.
Three Fat Virgins Unassembled (3FVU), various timings, TheatreWorks Singapore, 72-13, Home of TheatreWorks, Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239007
Aladdin the Musical
21 July – 1 September
A whole new world will unfold before your eyes, magic carpet and all. Brought to us from the producer of The Lion King, we’re expecting nothing but an awe-inspiring rendition of Jasmine and Aladdin’s story. Don’t miss singing along to your favourite classics like “Friend like Me” and “Arabian Nights”! (Check out our review here!)
Aladdin the Musical, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973
10 September – 6 October
Imagine this: you arrive at the gallery and get a drink. You take in a specially curated exhibition and meet fugitive Lin Bo. So what’s his crime, you ask? A mere work of art. After listening to his story, you’re the only way his story can live on… and so the evening begins! Be prepared to be tested on figuring out what’s fact and what’s fiction. After all, there are two sides to every story, isn’t it? For Caught, Singapore Repertory Theatre has commissioned award-winning director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar to create this acclaimed immersive evening featuring this exclusively curated art exhibition. You do not want to miss this one!
Caught, Miaja Gallery 9 Muthuraman Chetty Rd, Aps Building, Singapore 238931
Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience
29 August – 5 September
Look who’s walking! Dinosaurs roamed the Earth 65 million years ago and now they are making an appearance in Singapore… using state-of-the-art technology, of course. Based on the award-winning BBC Television series, 18 life-sized dinosaurs will keep you on the edge of your seat. Catch the prehistoric creatures in one of the biggest and best dinosaur live shows in the world from 29 August to 5 September.
Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Experience, Singapore Indoor Stadium 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Alaska – Live in Singapore
We love a good drag show around here and now that the iconic and hilarious Alaska is stopping by, we’re counting down the days. Watch Rupaul’s Drag Race All-Stars season 2 winner live as she brings her wittiness, comedy and chart-topping hits to the scene. Can’t wait till then? Check out these other great drag shows in Singapore.
Alaska – Live in Singapore, 8pm-9.15pm, Shine Auditorium Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road, Singapore 189702
Elephant in the Room
An acclaimed play from India is making its way to Singapore for one-night-only. Watch Yuki Ellias in a one-woman show as she plays over eight characters in a humorous and touching reimagination of the tale of the Hindu god Ganesha. Follow the story of a bewildered protagonist who wakes up in a forest with the head of an elephant!
Elephant in the Room, Drama Centre Black Box Level 5 National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
Emily of Emerald Hill
4 – 22 September
One of Singapore theatre’s most iconic characters is taking to the stage once again. Book your tickets to witness the life of Emily Gan, an abandoned girl who eventually took her place as the matriarch of a distinguished Peranakan. Catch a glimpse into the 1930s – widely regarded as the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture – as actor and founder of Wild Rice Ivan Heng makes the role of Emily his own. See you at her mansion…
Emily of Emerald Hill, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @Wild Rice, Kallang