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Those Who Can't, Teach
"(Those Who Can't, Teach) stays true to the contradictions of adolescence: its explosive loves and hates, brashness and shyness. And it shows as humanly as possible, what a pain and joy it can be to deal with them."
—The Straits Times Life!

The Necessary Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with the return of Those Who Can't, Teach!

First staged in 1990 and subsequently in 2010 to full houses at the Singapore Arts Festival, Those Who Can't, Teach is a Singaporean theatre classic by Cultural Medallion winners Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma.

Set in a secondary school, the play looks at the madcap lives of teachers and students—with often hilarious results. As the teachers struggle daily to 'nurture and groom', the students prefer to hang out and chill. In the meantime, they all have to deal with the dreaded 'parents'.

With upskirting and texting, teaching and politicking, school has never been the same. Join the rambunctious cast of characters as they struggle to prove that Those Who CAN, Teach.

Written by Haresh Sharma 
Directed by Alvin Tan

Featuring a star-studded cast including: 
Ghafir Akbar 
Joshua Lim 
Karen Tan 
Lian Sutton 
Siti Khalijah Zainal

With award-winning designers:
Wong Chee Wai - Set
Max Tan & Yuan Zhiying (MAX.TAN) - Costume
Yo Shao Ann - Light
Start Sales Date
2 Nov 2016, 9am

Other Channels:
2 Nov 2016, 10am
Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
(15 minutes interval)
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Rating / Age Limit
  • Rating: Advisory 16 (Some coarse language)
  • No admission for infants in arms and person below 13 years old.
  • Patron 13 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.

Photography / Video Recording Rules
  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event .
Through All SISTIC Channels
20% Discount for Local & Overseas Students / Senior Citizen (55 years old & above) / NSF
[Valid from 2 Nov 2016 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid Student Pass / ID / 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 eligilibilty are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

20% Discount for Person With Disabilities (PWD)
[Valid from 2 Nov 2016 onwards]
[Verification: Present valid Concession Card issued by TransitLink]
Event Date
Thu, 9 - Sun, 19 Mar 2017
Wed - Fri: 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)
Standard: S$45, S$36, S$28
Seating Plan