Events to Look Out For in 2017


M.C.Escher exhibition at ArtScience Museum

Artscience Museum

Opens now till 26 February 2017

Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder showcases the works of M. C. Escher, one of the world’s most famous graphic artists.

Featuring over 150 original works, the exhibition is a retrospective of his enigmatic sketches and paradoxical designs. The display begins with his early prints and naturalistic drawings inspired by Italy’s landscape. The exhibition further explores M.C. Escher’s work on tessellation and transformation of shapes, illustrating how metamorphosis became a unique feature of his art, blending fantasy and geometry. Pursuing his mathematical research, he created boundless images executed with incredible detail and precision in an attempt to represent infinity.

Until today, the international scientific community praises M.C. Escher’s work as a symbol of the interrelationship of Art and Science. Despite his understanding of mathematics being mainly visual and intuitive, he played with architecture and perspective to invent infinite and immersive worlds of wonder. M.C. Escher’s artwork continues to and inspire generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers, fond of his playful fantasies and fascinating constructions.

Ticket Pricing: $17



Artscience Museum

Opens now till 19 March 2017

NASA – A Human Adventure is a thrilling journey through mankind’s exploration of space. See the progression of NASA’s remarkable achievements in manned space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the world’s most amazing accomplishments in space technology.

Ticket Pricing: $11



Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands

Opens 8 to 26 February 2017

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO’s sexy, sassy score includes “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, CHICAGO truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” – The Times.

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.

Ticket Pricing: $65 – $175




Centre 42, Black Box Singapore

Opens 15 to 19 February 2017

Every single day, we make choices – from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat. But, once in a while, we make the kind of big decisions that change everything. Step into the world of Crossings and get to know characters who have arrived at that critical crossroads in their lives. The choices they will make in this bold double-bill of original plays will change their journeys forever: setting them on the road to self-discovery… or self-destruction.

Bold, inventive and thought-provoking, young & W!LD’s Crossings is a celebration of new Singapore voices and talent, brought to you by W!LD RICE and directors Rodney Oliveiro and Serena Ho.

Ticket Pricing: $30



Drama Centre Theatre

Opens 23 February to 5 March 2017

Aman, an Urban Redevelopment Board official, is faced with the task of evicting 33000 residents of “The Surrounding City”, as an impending demolition looms over the city’s oldest heritage. Aman has to face the wrath of the city, despair of her dwellers and ultimately his own ambivalence about the spiritual price of material gains.

How long more could a man with a heart of stone be able to withstand before breaking down?

Ticket Pricing: $42 – $75

Web Link: PRISM

The Pillowman

Victoria Theatre

Opens 24 February to 12 March 2017

Winner of two Tony Awards and Olivier Award for Best Play, The Pillowman opens in a prison cell where a writer is being questioned about the stories he has written — grim tales that bear semblance to killings in the streets outside. As the interrogation progresses, tensions mount and the divide between real and fictional worlds blur. The result is a vicious whirlpool of dazzling story-telling and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

The Pillowman celebrates the raw, vital human instinct to invent fantasies, to lie for sport and to con for one’s own end. This sinisterly funny nail-biting thriller will have you squirming in your seats even as you howl with laughter.

Ticket Pricing: $30 – $65

Web Link: The Pillowman


KC Arts Centre

Opens 8 to 25 March 2017

Do you believe in parallel universes?
Would you love the same person in a parallel world?

A love story set in the landscape of string theory, Constellations by Nick Payne defies the world as we know it.  Join Marianne and Roland on their spellbinding romance that repeats over a course of vignettes. One a physicist, the other a beekeeper, their lives play out in an infinite number of realities. Watch how their relationship moves along different trajectories in a multiverse that spans time and space.

Ticket Pricing: $35 – $60

Web Link: Constellations


Kallang Theatre

Opens 10 to 17 March 2017

IMPOSSIBLE, the most exciting magical show the United Kingdom has ever seen, embarks on its first tour to Asia. The show features the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages.

Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast- paced breath-taking performance; IMPOSSIBLE reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth.

Ticket Pricing: $38 – $138



Drama Centre Black Box

Opens 23 March to 16 April 2017

Ashley and Daphne are Secondary 5 Normal Academic students struggling to cope with the pressure to perform. When idealistic teacher Sarah Hew joins the school, Ashley and Daphne find the courage to face their hidden fears, hurts and dreams. The education system tries to build people up — but what happens when it breaks people down? Sharply written and profoundly affecting, Normal explores the world of students who fail to fit the mould.

Normal premiered in 2015 to a sold-out run with audience members and critics alike eagerly awaiting its return. Opening Checkpoint Theatre’s 15th anniversary season, the encore staging of Normal will bring this contemporary classic to a wider audience.

Ticket Pricing: $45

Web Link: Normal

Tropicana the Musical

Capitol Theatre

Opens 13 to 30 April 2017

A Brand New Show about Sexy! Sixties! Singapore!

It’s 1968. A grand world-class Las Vegas style nightspot opens its doors in the heart of Orchard Road. Tropicana is born and Singapore was never the same again. This show will break your heart and bust your gut as you laugh, cry, discover and remember people, stories and music from in and around this one-of-a-kind establishment in 60’s Singapore. Based on real and imagined people and places, Tropicana The Musical is about how independent vision and creative courage makes giants of mere individuals in a tiny nation bursting with possibilities, during what was probably Singapore’s last era of freedom.

Ticket Pricing: From $58 (Early Bird Discounted)

Web Link: Tropicana the Musical


Victoria Theatre

Opens 19 April to 13 May 2017

Winner of 11 Tony Awards and one of Broadway’s biggest hits, W!LD RICE’s La Cage Aux Folles was staged in 2012 to standing ovations and was awarded the Straits Times Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Production of the Year’.

This new production is directed by Glen Goei and features a star-studded company led by Ivan Heng. With a glorious score featuring songs like I Am What I Am and The Best of Times, La Cage Aux Folles is a funny and heartwarming musical about one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and, above all else, stay true to themselves!

Ticket Pricing: $50 – $120



Venue TBC

Opens 23 June to 22 July 2017

One of W!LD RICE’s greatest hits, this classic comedy will be flying back on stage in June 2017. This brand-new revival will be directed by Pam Oei, one of our original stewardesses now taking over the cockpit as our pilot!

Ticket Pricing: TBC

Web Link: TBC


Big Top Tent, Outside Marina Bay Sands

13 July to 13 August 2017

Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore with an awe-inspiring production presented in the intimate setting of the blue and yellow Big Top. Seen by over 7 million people around the world, KOOZA pays homage to Cirque du Soleil’s roots by combining thrilling, heart-stopping acrobatic performance with the art of clowning.

The KOOZA story follows “The Innocent” who represents the child within us all, as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises. Presented in a colorful medley of costumes and characters, KOOZA springs open like a bejeweled toy box to capture the audience’s imagination and set pulses racing.

Ticket Pricing: $88 – $318


Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress

Esplanade Theatre

Opens 8 to 20 August 2017

Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, invite you to join us for the restaging of the most successful original musical ever to be produced in Singapore – Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. Following three sold-out runs and over 100,000 tickets sold, this epic musical promises to be the cultural event of the year.

The musical stars Kit Chan as the Empress Dowager Cixi, with Cheryl Tan as the young imperial concubine, Yehenara, and features music by Cultural Medallion winner, Dick Lee. The cast will also include West End star Earl Carpenter (Les Misérables) and Broadway star Stephanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as well as Singapore’s very own Sebastian Tan (Broadway Beng).

Ticket Pricing: $38 – $138

Web Link: Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress


Venue TBC

Opens 28 September to 22 October 2017

A sold-out smash at the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, Thomas Lim’s funny, insightful play explores identity and language through a young man’s struggles to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother.

Ticket Pricing: TBC

Web Link: TBC


Venue TBC

Opens 24 November to 16 December 2017 

Directed by Pam Oei and written by Alfian Sa’at, Mama White Snake is a playful re-telling of classic Chinese folk tale Madam White Snake. A young man suffers an identity crisis when he discovers that his mother and her best friend are really the magical White Snake and Green Snake of legend. Long-time collaborators and best friends Glen Goei and Ivan Heng will play the celestial sisters in this funny and moving musical about what it means to raise a child and what makes a family.

Ticket Pricing: TBC

Web Link: TBC


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