Singapore Repertory Theatre

8 Aug – 27 Aug 2017 I Esplanade Theatre

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).

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.


Earl Carpenter, Kit Chan, Benjamin Chow, Edward Choy, Sheila Francisco, Juni Goh, Dwayne Lau, Steffanie Leigh, Bright Ong, Cheryl Tan, Dwayne Tan, Sebastian Tan, Tan Shou Chen


Tanya Ang, Gordon Choy, Peps Goh, Benjamin Harris, Benedict Hew, Xavier Kang, Abby Lai, Ann Lek, Leslie Leow, Alyssa Lie, Tan Rui Shan, Millicent Wong, Natalie Yeap, 

Young Emperors:

Gratus Aw, Emiliano Cyrus, Kevin Huang, Matthew Loo, Neo Le Yang, Aloysius Sin, Ryan Tan, Ryan Wiluan

Creative Team:

Music: Dick Lee

Book: Stephen Clark, Dick Lee

Lyrics: Stephen Clark

Idea Development: Stephen Clark, Dick Lee, Steven Dexter

Director: Steven Dexter

Music Director: Joel Nah

Music Consultant: Sydney Tan

Music Arranger: Bang Wenfu

Choreographer: Nick Winston

Original Staging: George Chan

Set Designer: Francis O'Connor

Costume Designer: Yang Derong

Original Lighting Designer: Chris Ellis

Lighting Designer: Rick Fisher

Sound Designer: Mike Walker

Vocal Coach: Wendy Tan

Associate Choreographer: Seong Hui Xian

Fight Choreographer: Gordon Choy

Hair & Accessories Designer: Ashley Lim

Make up Designer: The Make Up Room