Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress
Cast size: 24
“A huge success”- Opera Now, cover story
“The very entertaining music, the gorgeous costumes and the lighting that flowed into the most fantastic color
combinations for a changing décor…”- The Jakarta Post
“…strong story, well presented.”- The Business Times
“There has surely never been a more handsome musical seen in Singapore." - The Arts Magazine
Empress Dowager Tzu Hsi - adored, revered, feared and hated. The life of one of the most controversial figures in Chinese history is explored in Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. Starring the dynamic Singapore singer/actress Kit Chan as Tzu Hsi, this musical features the creative talents of Olivier award-winning lyricist Stephen Clark, London-based director Steven Dexter and Singapore composer Dick Lee.
Just who is the real Tzu Hsi? A young concubine scheming for survival and love amidst the political intrigue of the Forbidden City rises to become Empress, only to end her days as an aging Dowager fearing for her safety.
What of her relationships with the men in her life? Three Emperors, the powerful head Eunuch and a journalist all feature in her fascinating story as seen through the eyes of an American artist, who was the first Westerner invited to China to paint her portrait.
All vividly brought to life with a stirring score and sumptuous costumes designed by London-based Singapore designer Yang Derong.