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On Stage in Singapore: Swan Lake, Jazz legend Pat Metheny, theatre for kids and more

From live music and magic to thrilling theatre, there are plenty of productions to keep you entertained this month in Singapore.



A Festival of Footwork
Back for its ninth edition, the da:ns festival presents renowned works by some of the most accomplished choreographers in the world, including Tony Award-winner Matthew Bourne (UK), The Royal Ballet’s Wayne McGreogor (UK) and the “Queen of Flamenco”, María Pagés (Spain). During the 11-day festival, audiences have the opportunity to experience nine different ticketed productions that incorporate a range of dance forms – from ballet to pole-dance to traditional Indonesian, Thai and Filipino dance. Highlights include I Carmen, a fresh take on the famous femme fatale tale, explored through flamenco dance; the anatomy-defying production, FAR; and a contemporary interpretation of the classic ballet, Swan Lake. Tickets from Sistic and the Esplanade box office. See it from 9 to 19 October at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive. For the full festival line-up, visit dansfestival.com.



Hope and Heartbreak
Drawn together by horrific circumstances, three individuals – the mother of a missing child who has retreated to a state of “frozen hope”, a psychiatrist with a controversial theory on serial killers, and a loner with a deadly obsession – embark on a tangled, twisted journey, uncovering one another’s skeletons along the way. A shocking and sensitive study of the fragile human psyche, Frozen is a haunting, emotional thriller that explores the meaning of grief, hope, retribution and forgiveness. Nominated for four Tony Awards, this psychological drama by Bryony Lavery is sure to resonate with audiences and stay with them long after they’ve left the theatre. See it from 23 October to 9 November at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets from Sistic. pangdemonium.com



Jazz Royalty Returns
Renowned American jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny returns to Singapore this month to perform his signature brand of jazz fusion, as part of the Mosaic Music Festival; he last visited the Lion City back in 2006. The 20-time Grammy winner’s trademark sound involves elements of progressive, contemporary and Latin jazz and post-bop, with strong influences from Brazilian music and pop. Known for incorporating innovative technologies and developing new instruments and guitar models, Pat has continued to redefine the genre throughout his career. 27 October at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic and the Esplanade box office. mosaicmusicseries.com



An Enchanting Evening
After entertaining audiences here with Incanto last year, Swedish illusionist Joe Labero is back with another awe-inspiring show, A Night of Magic at Raffles, which promises a fresh batch of mesmerising illusions and death-defying tricks. Whether you believe in magic or not, one thing’s for sure – you can count on an entertaining night out. See it until 28 October at the Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. Tickets from Sistic. labero.se


Queens in drag at Priscilla the Musical 

Make Way for the Queen
Based on the 1994 movie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Tony Award-winning stage version, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical tells the story of three eclectic friends who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla in search of friendship and self-discovery, and end up finding more than they ever dreamed of. This funny, uplifting show features over 500 dazzling costumes, 200 colourful headdresses and a plethora of dance-floor favourites to sing along to. Tickets from Sistic. See it from 16 to 26 October at Resorts World Theatre. rwsentosa.com



Musical Merriment
If you fancy some opera served with a side of laughs, this one’s for you. Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow – one of the most celebrated and successful operettas of its kind – hits the stage this month, offering both music and merriment. The operetta, which premiered in Vienna in 1905, tells the story of widowed heiress, Hanna Glawari, and her countrymen’s attempt to keep her riches within the principality of Pontevedro by finding her the right husband – namely, Count Danilo, an embassy diplomat. As the comical plot unravels, all does not go according to plan. Famous songs such as “Vilja Lied”, “The Merry Widow Waltz” and “You’ll Find Me at Maxim’s” will be performed by international opera singers from the UK and Australia, as well as local singers, and the production will also feature the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus and the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra. See it from 24 to 26 October at the Esplanade Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. esplanade.com



Living on the Edge
Behind every National Geographic story is an explorer who travels to the wildest places on the planet to bring back epic tales of adventure and discovery. This month, audiences of all ages have the chance to hear stories firsthand from one such explorer, Bryan Smith, when he heads to Singapore for Extreme Adventure on the Edge – part of the National Geographic Live presentation series. Adventure-seekers, travel lovers and adrenaline-junkies alike can look forward to fascinating, behind-the-scenes footage from Bryan’s assignments, as he recounts extreme feats in the world’s most challenging environments – braving the raging whitewater in British Columbia, paddling steep rivers in India and sharing space with grizzlies in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, where throngs of voracious mosquitos are also rampant. Tickets from Sistic. 9 October at 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive.


For kids


Stick Around for This One
Stick Man
is a quirky tale with a title character who is first mistaken for just an ordinary stick, then taken far away and used for all sorts of things, from a flag mast to a cricket bat, and from a snowman’s arm to firewood (well, almost!). Eventually, a very lost Stick Man wonders if he’ll ever make it back to his wife and children in the family tree. Passing through all of the seasons and culminating in a Christmas celebration, this touching and witty production, complete with live music and instruments, is sure to delight both kids – especially aged three and above – and their grownups, no matter the season. See it from 9 to 12 October at SOTA Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive. Tickets from Sistic. aba-productions.com



A Barking Good Time
This month, youngsters can look forward to joining Hairy Maclary and Friends for canine capers and animal adventures, as they jump off the pages of the much-loved children’s series and onto the stage in this live production featuring live music, singing and colourful costumes. Kids can meet characters like Hercules Morse, who’s as big as a horse, Bottomley Potts, who’s covered in spots, Schnitzel von Krumm with the “very low tum” and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town. See it from 10 to 12 October at the Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building. Tickets from Sistic. aba-productions.com



Fairytale Mash-up
The folks over at I Theatre have dreamt up a new family-friendly musical, Hop and Honk, which puts a fresh spin on two beloved classic fairy-tales, merging them into one. Audiences aged four and up can look forward to songs and laughs as characters from The Frog Prince and The Ugly Ducking work together to overcome obstacles, dodge danger and help one another along the way. See it from 29 October to 15 November at the Drama Centre Theatre, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building. Tickets from Sistic. itheatre.org


Next month


All Aboard
Party animals, prepare – there’s a mega music festival on the horizon. Next month, music fans can set sail with It’s the Ship, a five-day, four-night international music festival at sea – the first-ever in Asia. Embarking from Singapore, Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas cruise-liner will cross the straits of Malacca to tropical Langkawi for a beach party of epic proportions, featuring performances by international and regional headliners including hip hop artist, Lil’ Jon, and indie and electro-pop acts like Crookers, Chvrches, Rave Republic and Alex Metric, among others. More fun includes on-board rock-climbing, ice-skating and a dip in one of the ship’s 10 pools. For reservations and details, visit itstheship.com.