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Forbidden City - Portrait of an Empress

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 and Broadway star Earl Carpenter (Les Misérables) and Broadway star Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as well as Singapore's very own Sebastian Tan (Broadway Beng).
Two of the greatest icons of China’s ancient history come to life before your eyes in a spectacular musical of epic proportions. Come step into the cloaked world of the Forbidden City and the legendary Empress Dowager Cixi. You’ll be mesmerized by this soulful tale of dark secrets, whispered rumours, love, betrayal and power. Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress explodes on stage with stunning sets, costumes and the ever-haunting question of the truth.
What really happened in the Forbidden City over a century ago?  Who was the real Dowager Empress? The Dragon Lady of myth? Or a misunderstood victim of circumstance?
Experience Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress…then you decide.

*The role of The Empress Dowager Cixi will be played by Kit Chan and Sheila Francisco depicting different stages of her life. Cheryl Tan will play the young imperial concubine, Yehenara.

Start Sales Date

26 Jan 2017, 9am

Other Channels:
26 Jan 2017, 10am


Approximately 2 hours
(with 20 minutes interval)

Promoter Name
Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 6 years old
  • Children 6 years and above must purchase ticket for entry
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Late Seating Advisory:

  • You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time
  • No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced
  • Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event

Through All SISTIC Channels
15% Discount for Early Bird
[Valid till 9 Feb 2017]
[Applicable for Cat 1 & Cat 2 only]
[Applicable for 8 Aug - 20 Aug shows only]
15% Discount for Family Package of 4 
[Valid from 26 Jan 2017 onwards]
[Applicable for Cat 1 - Cat 4 only]
[Applicable for Sat and Sun matinees shows only]

Watch with friends Packages
Plan a great evening at Forbidden City for friends, colleagues or family – and you will come as our guest. Special "Watch with Friends" packages available for groups of 6 for all shows.
Applicable for Cat 1 & Cat 2 only.

Mother’s Day Special
Receive a P+ Phyto Laser and Radiance Light treatment from NOVU Medical Aesthetic Clinic for each WATCH WITH FRIENDS or FAMILY PACKAGE purchased from 11 May –20 May.

Terms & Conditions Apply

  • This promotion is valid with the purchase of a FAMILY PACKAGE and a WATCH WITH FRIENDS PACKAGE from 12 – 20 May 2017
  • The packages are applicable for Cat 1 & 2 tickets only
  • Limited to the first 100 packages bought. While stocks last.
  • A FAMILY PACKAGE is applicable for Saturday and Sunday matinee shows only
  • Redemption is applicable at all NOVU outlets at www.iamnovu.com
  • Redemption is valid until 27 August 2017
  • Not applicable with other promotions, offers, discount cards or vouchers
  • This privilege cannot be exchanged for cash
  • NOVU reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without prior notice
  • A valid Forbidden City: Portrait of An Empress ticket stub must be presented to enjoy this promotion
  • The Esplanade Co Ltd reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of this promotion at any time and is subject to change without notice

15% Discount for Student, Child aged 2 to 12, Senior Citizen aged 55 & above and NSF
[Full Time students with valid student pass]
[NSF personnel with valid SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]
[Applicable for Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday shows]

15% Discount for National Day Special
[Applicable for Cat 1 to Cat 4  only]
[Applicable for 9 Aug 2017, 2pm shows only]

Through SISTIC Authorized Agents Only
S$15 tickets for SRT YOUth
[Valid from 20 Apr 2017 onwards]
[Verification: Present Singapore Citizen Identification Card (Pink IC) upon purchase at any SISTIC Authorized Agents]
[Patron must be 15 years old but no older than 25 years old on the day of the performance]
[Applicable for Cat 1 only.]
[One ticket per performance only]
Saturday and Sunday matinee performances ]
[Limited tickets]

For group bookings of 20 tickets and more, kindly contact Emmanuel at 6733 8166 or email emmanuel@srt.com.sg

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Please note that several roads around Esplanade will be closed due to the National Day Parade and the rehearsals and previews preceding the actual parade, on the following days:

Every Saturday from 24 June to 29 July 2017, except for 1 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

NDP 2017 on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

As traffic congestion is expected and may cause significant delays, we would advise you to arrive with a comfortable lead time on the day and to please use public transport to access Esplanade.

Please note that patrons who arrive after the performance commences will only be admitted into the venue at suitable breaks or during intermission, if any.

For information on road accessibility to Esplanade, please call +65 6828 8377.

Friends of SRT Programme
BE A FRIEND OF SRT TODAY! If you have always loved theatre and wished there was something you could do to show your support, why not be our Friend? As a non-profit organisation, SRT relies on the generosity of donations from supporters like yourself to support the production of quality theatre. With your help, we can continue to nurture local talent both on and off stage and produce the best theatre for young and old. In return, you will be the first to hear about our upcoming shows, receive tax benefits for your donation, tickets to our shows and so much more. Another benefit of being a Friend is the invitations you will receive to masterclasses and talks with our directors and actors. INSPIRING FUTURE GENERATIONS Theatre is a strong education platform that inspires the imagination and unlocks creativity.Your support helps fund programmes for over 70,000 children, teachers & parents annually. CHAMPIONING ASPIRING TALENT With your contribution, we can continue nurturing local talent like young actors, directors,and musical composers through SRT’s The Young Company and our Residency programmes. CREATING THE BEST ORIGINAL WORK Your donation allows us to partner with some of the best international and local talent to produce great theatre.Such partnerships help create a vibrant society with a thriving arts scene for all to enjoy.For more information, please contact us at friends@srt.com.sg or visit http://srt.com.sg/supporting-srt/friends-of-srt.html.
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Event Date
Tue, 8 - Sun, 27 Aug 2017

Tue - Fri: 8pm (except 9 Aug Wed, 2pm)
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 1.30pm & 6pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Preview Show (8 - 10 Aug 2017)
Standard: S$108, S$78, S$68, S$48
VIP: S$118
Premier Box A & B: S$118
Restricted View: S$28

Tue - Thu Evening / Sat & Sun Matinee / Sun Evening Shows
Standard:S$118, S$98, S$78, S$58
VIP: S$128
Premier Box A & B: S$128
Restricted View: S$38

Fri & Sat Evening Shows
Standard: S$128, S$108, S$88, S$68
VIP: S$138
Premier Box A & B: S$138
Restricted View: S$38


Seating Plan