Podcast 24: Singapore Repertory Theatre’s “Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress”

Duration: 30 mins

Matthew Lyon and Naeem Kapadia are back in the studio again to discuss yet another Singapore-bred musical: Singapore Repertory Theatre’s re-staging of the acclaimed Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. Having run from 8 to 27 August 2017, this year’s production is its fourth iteration since its premiere at the Opening Festival of the Esplanade Theatre in October 2002.

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Production Photography
courtesy of Singapore Repertory Theatre

Scribe (Dwayne Lau), Emperor Kuang Hsu (Dwayne Tan), and Empress Dowager Cixi (Kit Chan)
Prince Tun (Benjamin Chow) and company
Emperor Kuang Hsu (Dwayne Tan) and company

Jointly presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress ran from 8 to 27 Aug 2017 at the Esplanade Theatre. Original book by Stephen Clark and Dick Lee; music by Dick Lee and lyrics by Stephen Clark. This 2017 production was directed by Stephen Dexter and stars Kit Chan as the Empress Dowager Cixi and Cheryl Tan as the young imperial concubine, Yehenara, together with Earl Carpenter, Steffanie Leigh, Sheila Francisco, Juni Goh, Dwayne Lau, Bright Ong, Dwayne Tan, Sebastian Tan, Tan Shou Chen, Benjamin Chow and Edward Choy.

Podcast Guest Naeem Kapadia is a finance lawyer and passionate advocate of the arts. He has acted in and directed student drama productions in both London and Singapore. He has been writing about theatre for over a decade on his personal blog Crystalwords and publications such as London student newspaper The Beaver, Singapore arts journal The Flying Inkpot and Singapore daily newspaper TODAY. Naeem enjoys cooking, travel and running.

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