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Emily of Emerald Hill

Ivan Heng is one of Singapore’s most acclaimed actors. Glen Goei is one of Singapore’s most celebrated directors. Together, they bring to life one of Singapore theatre’s most iconic characters: Emily Gan, an abandoned girl who overcomes all odds to emerge as the matriarch of a distinguished Peranakan household.

Evoking the golden age of Straits-Chinese culture from the 1930s, this new production promises to be the most immersive version of Stella Kon’s enduring classic yet. Step into our theatre and become one of Emily’s guests in her opulent, meticulously kept mansion...

In this decadent world, fulfilment for a woman can only be found in her roles as a daughter-in-law, wife, mother and home-maker. So what must she do to succeed? And at what cost? Is Emily a woman trapped by tradition, or a feminist ahead of her time?

In 2000, Ivan Heng founded WILD RICE with an electrifying production of this landmark play, in which he first made Emily Gan his own. We can think of nothing more appropriate to commemorate WILD RICE’s new home.

“A moving, funny and accomplished piece of theatre.” - The Age, Melbourne

“This was a funny, camp, and touching performance, quite deserving of its full house.” - South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

“When Glen Goei and Ivan Heng come together in the name of Art, any play can be expected to deliver wit and sensitivity.” - 8 DAYS, Singapore

Start Sales Date

Priority Sales  (WILD RICE Angels)
3 Jun 2019, 9am - 9 Jun 2019, 11.59pm

Other Channels:
3 Jun 2019, 10am - 9 Jun 2019, 8pm

Early Bird Sales (General Public)
10 Jun 2019, 12am - 3 Jul 2019, 11.59pm

Other Channels:
10 Jun 2019, 10am - 3 Jul 2019, 8pm

Public Sales:
3 Jul 2019, 12am

Other Channels:
3 Jul 2019, 10am





Approximately 2 hours
with a 20-minute interval

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Rating / Age Limit

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

Late Seating Advisory:

  • Please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
  • There will be no admission into the venue once the performance has commenced.
  • Admission may only be permitted during a suitable pause, depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

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

WILD RICE ANGELS [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]
15% Discount for Season Pass
[Applicable with purchase 2 or more different titled shows from Emily of Emerald Hill, Merdeka and Peter Pan]
[Available through All SISTIC Channels, except SISTIC Mobile]

WILD RICE ANGELS [Valid till 29 Dec 2019]
15% Discount for Standard Ticket
[Available through All SISTIC Channels]
[Verification: Quote valid passcode upon purchase of tickets]

General Public [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]
15% Discount for Season Pass
[Applicable with purchase 2 or more different titled shows from Emily of Emerald Hill, Merdeka and Peter Pan]
[Available through All SISTIC Channels, except SISTIC Mobile]

Singtel Mobile Customers [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]
15% Discount for Singtel Mobile customers
[For online purchase, go to singtel.com/Emily]
[For purchase at SISTIC authorised agents, flash your latest Singtel bill or operator logo on your phone]

American Express® Card Members [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]
10% Discount for American Express® Card Members
[Verification: Upon purchase of tickets payment via American Express Card]
[Available through All SISTIC Channels]

CapitaStar Members [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]

10% Discount for CapitaStar Members
[Verification: Quote valid passcode upon purchase of tickets]

PAssion Card [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]
10% Discount for PAssion Card
[Verification: Present PAssion Card upon purchase at SISTIC authorised agents or Quote first 4 digits of PAssion Card Number upon purchase]
[Available through All SISTIC Channels]

SAFRA Card [Valid till 28 Sept 2019]
10% Discount for SAFRA Card
[Verification: Present valid member card upon purchase of tickets at SISTIC authorised agent]
[Available through SISTIC authorised agents and Online Link only]

Student / Senior Citizen / NSF [Valid till 29 Sept 2019]
10% Discount 
for Student(Local/Overseas) / Senior Citizen (aged 55 & above) / NSF
[Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patron unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession ticket to full price tickets] 
[Available through All SISTIC authorised agents and hotline only]

WILD RICE @ Funan welcomes all audience members with different needs.


Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) Performance: 14 September 2019, Saturday, 7.30pm

Sign Language Interpreted performances are for patrons from the Deaf community. A trained interpreter will be placed in a visible position on or near the stage. The interpreter will sign all auditory elements of the show using Singapore Sign Language. 

Captioned Performance: 21 September 2019, Saturday, 2.30pm

Captioned performances are for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss. An electronic text display will be placed near the stage. It will provide a real-time description of what the actors are saying or singing, as well as the sound effects and music used on stage.

Audio-Described Performance: 22 September 2019, Sunday, 2.30pm. Touch tour will begin at 1.30pm

Audio-Described performances are for patrons who are Blind or Visually Impaired. The performance is verbally described in real time by a trained audio describer. This audio commentary will be transmitted to audience members through their own mobile phone devices with earphones.

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Event Date
Wed, 4 - Sun, 29 Sep 2019

Wed - Fri, 7.30pm
Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun: 2.30pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

S$20, S$30, S$50, S$60 (Preview Shows 4 & 5 Sep, 7.30pm)
S$30, S$40, S$60, S$70 (Wed-Thu, 7.30pm)
S$35, S$45, S$70, S$80 (Fri-Sat, 7.30pm & Sat-Sun, 2.30pm)

Seating Plan