“The Nightingale” is a famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the Emperor is near death, the nightingale’s song restores his health. The story has been adapted to opera, ballet, musical play, television drama and animated film all around the world.
SRT’s The Little Company (TLC) continues its 2014 season with a new original children’s musical, adapted from this well-loved tale. With book and lyrics by internationally acclaimed writer Mike Kenny and music by Singapore’s Young Artist Award winner Ruth Ling, this is a refreshing retelling of the plain looking, brown Nightingale that spellbinds the Emperor of China with her lilting birdsong. The Emperor captures and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment, but alas, along with her freedom, the beautiful voice of the Nightingale is lost, and a singing mechanical bird replaces her. Will the nightingale survive her days in captivity? Will she ever fly freely again? Bring your kids to join the Nightingale and friends in their quest for her freedom.
UK-based director Kate Golledge, who previously helmed TLC’s shows Fantastic Mr Fox and Red Riding Hood, says “I’m looking forward to coming back to Singapore for the third time and working with this brilliant team on The Nightingale. I think the kids will enjoy the pop-music approach to the story we are taking with this production.”
Fri, 1 Aug to Sun, 14 Sep 2014
Tue to Fri: 10am & 2pm*
Sat & Sun: 11am, 2pm
Venue: DBS Arts Centre, Home of the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)
Hop over to Life is in the Small Things to read MummyBean’s review!
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the SRT, 2 lucky PrincessDanaDiaries readers will win a pair of tickets each to watch The Nightingale (English) on Sunday, 31 August 2014 at 11am. For your chance to to qualify, simply follow the steps below:
This giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore and ends midnight, 24 August 2014 (Sunday). Only 1 winner per household is allowed. Winners will be notified by email. All the best!