28 Sep - 30 Sep 2017
An epic, multi-generational drama that takes place over 100 years of Singaporean history – all from the vantage point of a famous but unnamed luxury hotel.
Follow the Singaporean transformation from British colony to Malaysian state to sovereign nation as experienced by people, not history books.
A ground-breaking theatre event, HOTEL is a five-hour performance in two parts, old and new, eastern and western, traditional and modern. National identities, lives and empires both die and rise against the dramatic backdrop of a shrinking world.
Filled with mutineers, Cantonese nannies, film stars, bridezillas, Japanese soldiers and street workers, HOTEL will have audiences laughing, gasping, crying and cheering on a rollercoaster journey that will leave you breathless.
Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content)
ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE : The Ideas and Inspirations Behind HOTEL
“It’s not every day you get a chance to spend two nights in a grand hotel, and this centrepiece theatre listing in the OzAsia program lives up to its five star ratings. This is a rich event, impressively written and presented…Hotel does not let up until checkout.”The Australian Read More
"With its beautiful juxtaposition of comedy and drama, this epic Singaporean play celebrates cultural and gender diversity in a wonderful performance full of colour, surprise, tenderness and community."InDaily Read More
"The expanse of this work is vast, yet contained within such a small setting, one hotel room, occupied by a few people in each scene. All of the performers had their chance to shine, and shine they did, thoroughly deserving the standing ovation. With luck, we will see this company back here again in future years."Broadway World Read More
“"The jewel in the crown of the OzAsia Festival shines very brightly indeed...there are superb performances from the large ensemble cast as they leap from principal character to chorus and back again. These are experienced actors of strikingly different backgrounds, multilingual and, let it be said, pretty good dancers, and with the quietly changing character of the hotel room and the artful marriage of relevance with sheer ingeniousness, they bring us a five star Hotel experience."The Barefoot Review Read More
"Parallels to present day controversies are everywhere and this is part of the reason for Hotel’s success. At face value, there are poignant and riotous tales with wonderful and entertaining characters, but a little deeper, this complex production offers significant challenges for the future, backed with a profound understanding of history...Hotel is a triumph, without reservation."Limelight Read More
“Every role was a gift and the actors wasted no opportunity to deliver the lines with impact, their timing matching the early Marx Brothers films and like them so funny that I was still laughing at one line when the audience erupted in reaction to the next. This suggests the plays were a comedy. Rather, it proved how comedy leaves the audience with its soft belly exposed so the sword of truth can penetrate.”Scenestr Read More
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2016 WINNERS
- Production of the Year
- Best Director - Ivan Heng and Glen Goei
- Best Original Script - Alfian Sa'at and Marcia Vanderstraaten
- Best Ensemble
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2016 NOMINATIONS
- Best Set Design - Wong Chee Wai
- Best Lighting Design - Lim Woan Wen
- Best Costume Design - Theresa Chan