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What’s on stage in Singapore in May 2014: Theatre, kids’ shows, concerts and more

May is jam-packed with all sorts of theatre experiences – check out what’s coming to Singapore over the next few weeks in the handy round-up below.

Yes, Prime Minister

Cheeky Fun
The UK’s popular BBC series has been brought to the stage and, this month, it’s coming to a theatre near you. Set at Prime Minister Jim Hacker’s country estate, Yes, Prime Minister takes a satirical look at modern-day British politics. The play follows Jim and his cabinet secretary, Sir Humphrey Apppleby, as they work to please their houseguest, the Foreign Minister of oil-rich country Kumranistan – Britain’s only beacon of hope in a weak economy – who has demanded a wild party be thrown at the residence in exchange for a billion-dollar oil contract. Even if you’ve never seen the series, you’ll still enjoy this tongue-in-cheek show, fresh from London’s West End. See it from 8 to 18 May at Raffles Jubilee Hall Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.

The Inside Job 

The City’s Your Stage
A new, interactive theatrical experience, The Inside Job gives audiences the chance to become part of the show. Part theatre, part treasure hunt, this fictitious crime drama unfolds in real time on the streets of Singapore, with improv actors placed at bars, restaurants and other pre-selected locations along the way. The experience begins when you buy a ticket online for a specific date and time. You’ll receive an SMS 24 hours prior to show time, indicating the secret meeting spot for the start of your three-hour adventure. On the day, you’ll receive a short backstory and, armed with clues to guide you and your group of up to 10 people, you’ll travel in search of the next camouflaged character – perhaps a stranger on the street, the bartender who hands over your beer or an uncle who rides past on a rickshaw – until the finale is revealed. Shows run every Saturday and Sunday at 3, 4 and 5pm until 13 July. Tickets are $70, inclusive of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks.

The Merchant of Venice

Theatre at the Fort
Pack your picnic blanket and a bottle of wine, and grab a seat under the stars for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park, The Merchant of Venice. If last year’s Othello was any indication – over 30,000 people watched it – this outdoor production is not to be missed. Catch this classic tale of revenge and mercy until 25 May. 7.30pm at Fort Canning Park. Tickets from Sistic.

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Aussie Tunes
Pete Murray has been making plenty of waves in Australia over the past ten years (and, as a keen surfer, riding plenty, too). The prominent singer, songwriter and guitarist released his debut album, Feeler, in 2003, and has had a string of number-one hits since then. Now he’s coming to Singapore to play a show for the first time, on the back of a sold-out tour to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Feeler. For the benefit of anyone who hasn’t heard Pete’s stuff, here’s what he said to us in an interview: “I’ve been told my voice is a little like Jack Johnson and my live show is like Bruce Springsteen… but hey, no one comes close to The Boss!” Read the full story here, and don’t miss the live show, which (appropriately) is at Wave House, Sentosa, on 17 May. Tickets are available now from Sistic.

Dotty the Dragon 

Culture Kids 
Back for its fifth year, this year’s Long Ago and Far Away-themed ACE! Festival will feature a collection of performances, interactive workshops and enrichment programmes for three- to 14-year-olds, plus their grownups. Stage productions include Puss in Boots, Spot the Difference, Starbird, Under the Dragon Moon and Dotty the Dragon. 21 May to 8 June at Drama Centre Theatre and Black Box Theatre, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street. Tickets from Sistic. For workshop bookings, call 6341 5960.

Peter and Blue's Forest Adventure

Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure
Back by popular demand, Singapore Dance Theatre will be restaging the whimsical tale of Peter and his dog, Blue, from 5 to 8 June. Created by SDT’s Artistic Director Janek Schergen, this hour-long ballet combines moral lessons with enchanting fun for children aged three and up. Families can enjoy a meet-and-greet with the characters following the performance. 11am and 2pm at Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets from Sistic.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding
Following her sold-out show at Esplanade Concert Hall last year, the British chart-topping singer will return to Singapore for a one-night-only performance, this time at The Star Theatre on 13 June. Concert-goers can look forward to performances of hit singles such as “I Need Your Love” and “Burn”. Tickets from Sistic.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
While the Grammy-winning singer’s one-night-only performance has already sold out, there’s no harm in joining the wait-list in case tickets become available for the 12 June show. Visit the site for details.