It has become a trend these days for movie studios and theatre companies to put a spin on classic fairytales such as ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella’, delivering the beloved stories with a twist.
This March, four classic stories will be given a makeover of sorts in a variety of mediums – film, theatre and dance – for children and grown-ups alike.
The House of Mouse goes back to its fairytale roots with a live-action version of the classic tale, ‘Cinderella’.
Over the past half decade, Walt Disney Studios has spent quite a lot to recreate live versions of their animated classics with mixed results. Movies such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010), ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ (2013) and ‘Maleficent’ (2014) may have done well in the box office, but they were found lacking when it comes to the storytelling.
The studio may have finally found its own fairy godmother in the form of director Kenneth Branagh.
The live-action retelling stars Lily James, who plays Lady Rose in the popular UK TV series ‘Downton Abbey', in the title role. She gets a little help from her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) to fend off her wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and win over the prince (Richard Madden).
Director Branagh is taking a revisionist approach to the tale, veering from the “damsel in distress” 1950 animated version and putting both the prince and Cinderella on equal footing.
Richard Madden, better known as Robb Stark on US TV series 'Game of Thrones', plays Prince Charming.
‘Cinderella’ opens in cinemas 12 March 2015
Before we see Emma Watson as Belle on the big screen, Disney animated film ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to life first on stage. The musical, playing at the MasterCard Theatres in Marina Bay Sands resort, is one of the longest-running and highest-grossing musicals of all time.
The much-loved tale of a beautiful girl and a young prince trapped in a grotesque body by a wicked spell has lent itself to several adaptations, most recently in a US TV show starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan (now in its third season), but actress Hilary Maiberger, who plays Belle, told inSing that she is confident “this version can hold its own”.
The stage musical also stars Darick Pead as The Beast, Adam Dietlein as Gaston, and is directed by Tony Award-nominee Rob Roth.
Some of the 550 costume pieces used are from the production featured on Broadway, while many of the production team – including the Tony Award-winning costume designer Ann Hould-Ward – have also been with the original show.
Date: 21 March - 12 April 2015 | Time: 8pm (Tue-Sat), 2pm (Sat), 1pm & 6pm (Sun) | Venue: MasterCard Theatres, level B1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue | Tickets: $65-$190 from Sistic
Singapore Dance Theatre’s 2015 season kicks off with the third staging of the ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty’, about Princess Aurora who falls into a century-long slumber, set to music by Tchaikovsky. The production was last staged here in 2010 and 2012.
Photo: Singapore Dance Theatre
‘Sleeping Beauty’ is the first of many productions from the dance company this year. Audiences can expect the annual 'Ballet under the Stars' in June and the 'Masterpiece in Motion' this August, featuring works from choreographers such as Denmark’s August Bournonville, France’s Francois Klaus, and Taiwanese-American dancer Edwaard Liang.
Date: 12-15 March 2015 | Time: 8pm (Thu, Fri, Sat), 1pm (Sat-Sun), 7pm (Sun) | Venue: Esplanade Theatre | Tickets: $30, $50, $70 from Sistic
Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Little Company brings back the popular production of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this time in Mandarin.
See how Goldilocks learns to mend her ways in this theatrical adaptation by West End team Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.
Date: 11-29 March 2015 | Time: 10am (Mon-Fri), 11am, 2pm (Sat-Sun) | Venue: DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road | Tickets: $22, $25, $32, $35 from Sistic