Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress

Forbidden City Portrait of an Empress

“A Boardway standard local musical of mother’s love, betrayal and power in a mesmerising 2 hours’ performance”- Our Parenting World

Fans of locally produced musicals always wondered when can Singapore produce a Broadway standards musical? Well, fret not, judging from the performance of this musical produced Singapore Repertory Theatre, we believed this musical can now be rank of equal to international names like “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Cats”, “The Lion King” etc.

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The musical is based on the history of Empress Dowager Cixi in China at the turn of the 20th century. There are 3 different actresses acting the role, Cheryl Tan as the young concubine who was pregnant with the Emperor’s son, Kit Chan as the Empress Cixi during the earlier years when she was running the country and Sheila Francisco as the elderly Empress who invited an American lady painter Katharine Carl to paint her portrait and in the process told Katharine her life story.

All three actresses who acted the role of Empress Dowager Cixi were exceptional in their acting and singing. Most of us are familiar with Kit Chan as she is one of the top female singers Singapore has ever produced and credit should also go to Dick Lee, Singapore Cultural Medallion winner who is in-charge of the songs.

The supporting international casts include Steffanie Leigh who acts as Katharine and Earl Carpenter as her journalist boyfriend whom we last seen his powerful vocal performances as one of the phantoms at “A Night At The Musicals With Three Phantoms” at MES Theatre, Mediacorp and our very own local Sebastian Tan who used to act in “Boardway Beng”. 

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The audience were mesmerised by the strong vocals of the performers, a minimalist background props which allows the focus on the performers instead of distracting audience and the good supporting orchestra. Certainly, having this musical in the Esplanade Theatres is the best choice as there is nowhere better in Singapore to showcase this locally produced musical than this national theatre.

This musical was first produced in 2002 and for those who are like us and did not manage to watch it then, do not miss this opportunity to watch it now. This is certainly a Broadway standard local musical of mother’s love, betrayal and power in an enjoyable and captivating 2 hours’ performance!

Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress

Show Dates:
Tuesday, 8 – Sunday, 27 August 2017Tuesday – Friday: 8pm (except 9 August Wednesday, 2pm)
Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
Sunday: 1.30pm & 6pm
Ticket Pricing:
(Excludes Booking Fee)

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

Tuesday – Thursday Evening / Saturday & Sunday Matinee / Sunday Evening Shows
Standard:S$118, S$98, S$78, S$58
VIP: S$128
Premier Box A & B: S$128
Restricted View: S$38

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

To find out more and to purchase the tickets, please go to

Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor and Family Packs Tickets Giveaway!

Thomas and Friends Journey Beyond Sodor

Our Parenting World’s Giveaway Alert: Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor and Family Packs Tickets Giveaway! - Please scroll down to the bottom of this website post to participate :)

JOURNEY BEYOND SODOR is the most action-packed to date and features an exciting plotline full of twists and turns, as well as several musical pieces, that will captivate and capture the imaginations of young Thomas fans and parents alike! 

Thomas & Friends movies stay true to the powerful messages that parents and children love; that is celebrating friendship, inclusiveness and camaraderie – the same core values that have served it well for over the past 70 years and will continue to do so.

Be the 1st to catch Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor in Singapore! 

The movie premiere will be held on 26th August and there will be some fun themed activities such as wacky photo booth, craft activities and opportunities to win prizes for the families at 11.45am to 12.30pm before the movie starts. 

Location :  GV Grand, Great World City *
Date :  26 August, Saturday
Registration & activities : 11:45am – 12:30pm  
Movie Screening Time: 12.30pm – 1.45pm 
Language: English
Duration: 1 hour 10 mins
Recommend age: 2+ & Above

Thomas & Friends : Journey Beyond Sodor is brought to you by Snap! Entertainment. 

Good News!

Thanks to Snap! Entertainment! Our Parenting World has  3 x Family Packs (12 Tickets) for THREE lucky families to watch the coming Thomas & Friends : Journey Beyond Sodor movie at GV Grand, Great World City!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

1) LIKE and FOLLOW Our Parenting World Facebook Page and Snap! Entertainment Facebook Page    

2) LIKE and SHARE Our Parenting World Facebook Post on Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor and Family Packs Tickets Giveaway!

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4) COMMENT on this website post at the Comment Box below, where is the movie premiere, Thomas & Friends : Journey Beyond Sodor event held at?

Hint: Answers is at the sign marked *

Hurry, giveaway will close on 18 August 2017 at 23:59Hr. Winners will be announced through Website and Facebook.

Please ensure that Step 1, 2, 3 and 4 are completed in order to qualify for the giveaway. 

Winners please kindly confirm your prizes within 24 hours of announcement of your winning on our Website and Facebook page or another winner will have to be chosen. 

Thank you and Good Luck! :) 

Snap! Entertainment’s Terms & Conditions apply:

-Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable for other dates/times

– Movie is recommended for 18 months and above

– Winner to collect tickets at our ticketing desk at GV Grand (Great World City) on the day of performance, thirty minutes before the start of event. Valid identification (ie: NRIC) must be presented to claim tickets

-Children 1 year old and above must purchase a ticket for admission.

-Strictly no admission without a ticket

-The movie is approx. 70 minutes with no interval


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