In case you missed last year’s Notorious World Tour, comedian Russell Peters is returning to Singapore. The popular Canadian has been inducing belly laughs across the US and the United Arab Emirates, surpassing Madonna in record ticket sales. Catch the sharp-tongued joker on 25 March at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Heckler note: this tour features almost the same material as last year’s performance. Tickets from $98.
The Timbre Rock and Roots Festival has secured musical royalty for its fourth year. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters will perform, as will country crooner Bonnie Raitt, reggae icon Jimmy Cliff and folk singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Notable “popera” singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Florida-based blues and rock outfit, The Tedeschi Trucks Band,are two other must-sees at Fort Canning’s two-night festival on 21 and 22 March. General admission is $165 ($220 for a two-night pass). Premium tickets ($210) provide views, cool air, private food and drink stalls, and amenities. VIP tickets ($280) include all the trimmings plus a welcome drink and buffet dinner.
Local company Wild Rice brings back its gender-bending version of Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Importance of Being Earnest . An all-male ensemble tells the story of how buddies Jack and Algernon risk jeopardising what matters most, in theatre and film director Glen Goei’s provocative take on Wilde’s high society play. Catch nightly performances (8pm) from Tuesday to Saturday, with a 3pm matinee on Saturday. At the Drama Centre Theatre, National Library, from 10 April to 4 May. Tickets from $40 to $75.
Down and Dirty
Eighties film classic Dirty Dancing did for ballroom dancing what Saturday Night Fever did for disco in the seventies. In Eleanor Bergstein’s tale of one-sided summer love, Francis “Baby” Houseman falls for unattainable dance instructor Johnny Castle. The West End version of the popular film has a 26-strong cast, supported by a live orchestra, performing hits from a multi-award-winning soundtrack that includes “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and “The Time Of My Life”. Catch the nightly (8pm) and weekend matinee (2pm) performances at Marina Bay Sands from 24 May to 16 June. Tickets from $55; dirtydancingontour.com.
Acclaimed French choreographer and director Philippe Decouflé’s dance troupe, Compagnie DCA, presents Octopus, a homage to love, beauty and the body. Eight leggy dancers and two dexterous musicians explore various themes in a performance enhanced by masterful lighting and projection. Experience this ingenious “visual poetry” at the Esplanade Theatre on 19 and 20 April (8pm). A post-performance discussion follows. Rating: 16 years and older, due to partial female nudity. Tickets from $25 to $75.
With a reputation for sourcing provocative productions (The Pillowman and Blackbird), Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) presents the adults-only play Venus in Fur . David Ives’ erotic drama explores the multi-layered worlds of jaded playwright Thomas and wannabe-actress Vanda. Just when he despairs of finding the right actress to cast in a play that he has adapted from the novel by Sacher-Masoch (which spawned the term masochism), she bursts in – and gives the audition of a lifetime. From 15 March at DBS Arts Centre. Guaranteed to sell like the proverbial hot cakes, tickets are priced from $30 (Category B) to $60 (Category A).
The eighth NUS Arts Festival spans three weekends from 9 to 23 March. This year’s theme, Open Questions, will explore our innate curiosity, innovativeness and adaptability. The diverse programme, featuring 36 productions, includes everything from dance and theatre to music and film.
Larger-than-life cartoon characters take to the rink in Disney On Ice ’s 20th anniversary production, Princesses and Heroes. The Singapore Indoor Stadium will be converted into a world of wonder for three full days with elaborate staging and costumes, daring choreography and acrobatic skaters. Tickets from $20 (Category 4) to $90 for rink-side seating. Opening night is 14 March at 7pm, with twice- and thrice-daily performances between 15 and 17 March.
TICKETS: Secure tickets to all the above performances through Sistic. Call 6348 5555 or visit www.sistic.com.sg.