British Theatre Playhouse
The British Theatre Playhouse, a long-standing member of the British Chamber of Commerce and the European Chamber of Commerce turns 15 in April 2018.
The British Theatre Playhouse is a professional theatre production company incorporated in Singapore in 2004 and is internationally focused with a strong British connection. In 2012, it established a UK branch office, in order to work even more closely with established British playwrights, writers, actors, directors, musical directors, set and costume designers. The company has produced and presented a series of highly successful British productions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates and the UK.
In April 2021, we launched the British Theatre Playhouse Academy with our academy partner, Robin Kermode, offering Masterclasses and customised workshops in leadership communication, public speaking, team communication, video conference presentations and e-coaching for lecturers and teachers. We will continue to grow the appreciation of British theatre, dramas, comedies, musicals, concerts and entertainment in Singapore and worldwide.
Do you need a show for your corporate event?
“Quality is hard to describe, but we know it when we see it, and we notice when something is not up to par.”
Besides producing and presenting plays, musicals and concerts from London West End, we also provide top performers and live entertainment from London West End to support corporate and private events:
"Stars of the West End sing The Rock Musicals" performed at Eu Yan Sang's 140th Anniversary and Charity Gala Dinner held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (September 2019).
The four leading stars who performed at the event were Ross William Wild, Carole Stennett, Mike Sterling and Shona Lindsay.
"Stars of the West End sing The Rock Musicals" performed at Hilton's 100th Anniversary-themed owners event held at The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok (November 2019).
The four British stars who performed at the event were Ross William Wild, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Mike Sterling and Shona Lindsay.
"He Writes the Songs - Barry's Ultimate Songbook" performed at One Farrer Hotel's New Year Eve's Ball, Singapore (31 December 2019).
Tommy McPhee and the UK band introduced hit songs by legendary star Barry Manilow.
17 years of experiences
The British Theatre Playhouse brand is associated with quality, good track record and reputation. Our business is well-connected, with unique partnerships and support. It is a socially responsible company that supports charities. We are accelerating our digital transformation journey (COVID-proof, eco-friendly and sustainable – ESG) into transmedia, including e-commerce and exciting digital products.
We believe in good corporate citizenship and under BTP’s “Art For Charity” programme, we make it our aim to contribute to a worthwhile cause by dedicating one performance and evening to help raise funds for a chosen charity.
Charities that BTP has supported in Singapore include The Community Chest of Singapore, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer, MILK (Mainly I Love Kids), KK Hospital Health Endowment Fund, Business Times Budding Artists Fund, Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, HCA Hospice Care, Singapore Committee for U.N. Women, Beautiful People and Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Award seeks to identify and celebrate those companies and individuals that have had a positive impact on our environment and society as well as their business.
We were proud to be “Community Star” Finalist
The British Theatre Playhouse was selected a Finalist (top three) in the Hospitality, Tourism & Retail category for the British Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
For us, the recognition of our work and best business practices is wonderful news!
The British Theatre Playhouse was nominated by the public for STB’s Best Leisure Award.
Cecilia Leong-Faulkner joined Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts as the Corporate Director of Marketing Communications. She was an integral member of the team which built up the Banyan Tree brand and contributed much to the chain’s brand positioning and awareness by the public and media. She is a dedicated and hardworking professional and will no doubt help to build up the brand positioning and awareness of any company which she chooses to work with in the future.
Ho Kwon Ping
Founder and Executive Chairman
Banyan Tree Holdings
I remember fondly the days of you founding the British Theatre Playhouse. Who could have guessed that your idea of a Theatre Company would be so successful? The fact that it is lies in your drive, determination and expertise.
The British Theatre Playhouse productions have also proved an excellent way for corporations, small and large, to entertain their clients in superb surroundings and with top- class theatre entertainment from the U.K.
Sir Alan Collins KCVO, CMG
Life Patron of the British Theatre Playhouse
(Former High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Singapore, British Consul-General in New York and Ambassador to the Philippines)
Not long after I arrived in Singapore, the British Theatre Playhouse brought a fabulous one man version of “A Christmas Carol” to Singapore. With top West End talent from the UK, the show brought the spirit of Dickens’ Christmas to the heart of Singapore, delighting the audience. This initiative is typical of BTP’s theatrical contribution to the scene here and to nourishing the cultural links between UK and Singapore. Keeping that contribution going through the pandemic has posed a new challenge – but one that Cecilia Leong-Faulkner has risen to admirably, pivoting into using BTP’s enormous range of partnerships to support learning and development. I learned so much from their session on effective online presence. I’m excited about what comes next for the British Theatre Playhouse in 2022 and beyond.
Kara Owen CMG
British High Commissioner to Singapore
The Vortex is the play that made Noel Coward famous. With the production of "The Vortex", the British Theatre Playhouse is continuing its tradition of bringing popular West End plays to Singapore, and we were privileged to see award-winning actress Jane Seymour OBE play the role of socialite Florence Lancaster.
The British Theatre Playhouse has brought the "Stars of The West End" to Singapore. The show is a celebration of West End musicals and a showcase full of British talent, with performers from the most successful musicals and songs from shows you will know and love from the legendary London West End stages. Thank you to the British Theatre Playhouse for bringing the show to Singapore.
Scott Wightman CMG
Director of External Relations – Scottish Government
(Former British High Commissioner to Singapore And British Ambassador to South Korea)
I am delighted to have the chance to support the British Theatre Playhouse. The Jubilee Hall Theatre rocked to the sounds of Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis in their production and world premiere of "Buddy vs The Killer". It was a real treat to see the stage production of "Yes, Prime Minister" come to Singapore, thanks to the British Theatre Playhouse, who are continuing their tradition in bringing the best of the West End to South East Asia and Jubilee Hall Theatre.
British High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa
(Former British Consul-General in New York and British High Commissioner to Singapore)
I am delighted that the British Theatre Playhouse is bringing high quality British productions to Singapore and the region. Britain has a rich heritage in the Performing Arts and British artists and writers continue to enjoy great international success in the film, television and theatre worlds. It is good to see British productions that will allow you to enjoy not only the best of contemporary British playwriting but also British performing talent to match.
Paul Madden CMG, FRGS
AsiaPac Business Adviser
(Former British Ambassador to Japan, Australia and Singapore)
It has been a huge pleasure to work in partnership with the British Theatre Playhouse. Such an eclectic selection of West End hits being performed by ‘Stars of the West End’ has meant that there is really something for everyone, showcasing the best of British theatre here in Singapore.
The West End theatre district has always been and remains one of the most popular attractions for visitors to London and the United Kingdom. It inspires you to embark on your very own trip to the theatre in London.
Regional General Manager
It gives me great pleasure to support the British Theatre Playhouse, and it's the production of "From A Jack To A King". Shakespeare's plot with rock 'n' roll music is a winning combination.
British Theatre Playhouse events have become well-established in the social calendar in Kuala Lumpur. They provide great entertainment and an opportunity to raise a great deal of money for charity. John and Cecilia, and of course the Hilton Hotel, being the hotel sponsor, deserve our continuing support.
Boyd McCleary CMG, CVO
Former British High Commissioner to Malaysia
And Governor of the Virgin Islands
After all the challenges of the financial meltdown of 2009, it is great to welcome back once again my dear friends, John & Cecilia Leong-Faulkner of the British Theatre Playhouse. I have known John and Cecilia for several years, and last collaborated with them to bring their production of "Relatively Speaking" and "Rise and Fall of Little Voice" to the shores of Sri Lanka at the Hilton Colombo.
Colombo is very much like Kuala Lumpur. There is a real appetite for great live entertainment and the arts. You really cannot beat live entertainment, great acting, music and lots of fun! This is provided in great abundance in the BTP's production of "From A Jack To A King.
Vice President Operations
The Middle East and Turkey Hilton Hotels
(Former General Manager of Hilton Colombo and Hilton Kuala Lumpur)
I am truly delighted that the British Theatre Playhouse has produced and brought to Malaysia another great British farce, "Out of Order" written by playwright Ray Cooney, which won the Laurence Olivier Award as the Best Comedy in London's West End.
There is certainly a good following in Kuala Lumpur for highly-rated comedies, musicals, wit and entertainment. Even three weeks before the event, we have achieved a full house for our charity gala presenting the play!
Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar
It was a great pleasure to be able to play a part in supporting the British Theatre Playhouse's production of "Private Lives" in Kuala Lumpur. I personally have been a fan of British theatre, which date back to the previous British Airways Playhouse. Well done for bringing them back to KL!
Datuk Lai Voon Hon
A group of us from Australia travelled to Singapore for your production of "Private Lives" and dinner at Raffles Hotel. Everything was exquisitely organised, and most of our guests commented especially on how good the food was. Please make sure that we are included on the mailing list for any other events that you find the energy to organise.
John F Day
We had the most enjoyable evening – the food was excellent at Raffles Hotel and the play all we had hoped for and more. I am sure Noel Coward, himself, would have been thrilled with your cast's presentation and performance!
It was a great event, and we only received very positive reviews and feedback from the guests attending the performance of Stars of the West End. We appreciate the professionalism throughout the night. We are delighted to bring such an event to Indonesia’s capital
Luxury & Lifestyle
(Former General Manager of Doubletree Hilton, Jakarta)
meet the British Theatre Playhouse team members
Our distinguished patrons
Honorary Patrons in Singapore
Her Excellency Kara Owens
HE Mr Scott Wightman (2015 - 2019)
HE Mr Antony Phillipson (2011 - 2015)
HE Mr Paul Madden CMG FRGS (2007 - 2011)
Honorary Patrons in Malaysia
H.E. Charles Hay
HE Victoria Treadell (2014 - 2019)
HE Mr Simon Featherstone CMG (2010 - 2014)
HE Mr Boyd McCleary CMG CVO (2006 - 2010)
Honorary Patrons in Vietnam
HE Mark Kent has been appointed CEO of Scotch Whisky Association.
HE Mr Mark Kent (2007 - 2010)
At BTP, we pride ourselves on high standards equivalent to London’s West End and offer UK casts comprising prominent stage, television and film actors. Every one of BTP shows has featured stars from London’s West End.
When we produced our first show, Alan Ayckbourn’s “How The Other Half Loves“, in a dinner-theatre setting at Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel from April 27th – 30th, 2004, the production was a sell-out.
In October 2004, we produced Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance Of Being Earnest” at the Jubilee Hall Theatre at Raffles Hotel Singapore.
The producers were honoured to have the presence of The President of Singapore, His Excellency, Mr S.R. Nathan and the First Lady as well as Minister Mentor, Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mrs Lee and Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong and Mrs Goh in the audience.
The great success of the show led to the transfer of the production to the Greenwich Theatre, London, in April 2005.
In May 2005, we next presented Ray Cooney’s hit farce “Funny Money” at the Shangri-la Hotel Singapore and then at the new Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where it was sold-out.
In April 2006, BTP turned to the playwright who was known by all as ‘The Master‘, Noel Coward, with a production of his most famous play, “Private Lives“. This celebrated the 76th anniversary of the original West End production on September 24th 1930.
Following Singapore, the production went on tour to Kuala Lumpur (Hilton Kuala Lumpur), Penang (Eastern & Oriental Hotel) and to Bangkok (The Oriental, Bangkok) with great success.
“Private Lives” was nominated by the public for “Best Leisure Event” 2006 Tourism Award by the Singapore Tourism Board.
“A Bedfull of Foreigners” by Dave Freeman was our next production, followed by Alan Ayckbourn’s “Relatively Speaking“, which toured to Kuala Lumpur and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
However, in recent times, the appeal of musical shows in the region has been clear to us and we have diversified to include musical plays and musicals such as Jim Cartwright’s “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice“; Alan Plater’s “Blonde Bombshells of 1943” and, for May 2011, a new musical which made its world premiere debut in Singapore, “Buddy vs The Killer“, devised by British actor-musicians Billy Geraghty and Kevin Oliver Jones and featuring the songs of Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis. The success of the musical led to the transfer of the production to the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Futurist Theatre in the UK.
In 2012 we produced Ray Cooneys hilarious, award-winning farce “Out of Order” at Raffles Hotel Jubilee Hall and the Double Tree Hotel in Kuala Lumpur and enjoyed great box office success at both venues.
In a change of artistic – direction, we then presented Louis Hoovers solo music show “Salute to Sinatra” in October 2012 at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. With a live 18 piece band on stage to back Louis, it made for a sensational evening of Ol Blue Eyes music!
October 2013 saw our most successful production since our founding in 2004 with sell-out audiences in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur as well as great success in Bangkok. The play was Agatha Christies The “Mousetrap” and our production was part of the worldwide celebrations of the Diamond Anniversary of the first performance in London and the continuous sixty year run since then. With a cast from London and a set from heaven (actually Bangkok!) it is a production we will, for ever, be proud of.
And so to 2014 and what better play to follow the quintessentially British crime thriller of Agatha Christie then that equally quintessentially British award-winning comedy “Yes, Prime Minister” by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.
Based on the phenomenally successful BBC television series (by the same writers) the stage version ran for two years in London West End (2011/2012) followed by a successful tour of the UK in 2013.
Coming direct from London, “Yes, Prime Minister” opened at Raffles Hotel’s Jubilee Hall theatre on the 8th May 2014 for a limited season and toured to Kuala Lumour. The Singapore run saw audiences at full-house capacity each night which was testament to the excellent performances and the direction of Robin Herford. We are deeply honored that President Tony Tan and PM Dato’ Seri Najib Razak came to see the play in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur respectively.
Extending our horizons into the music world again, in January this year the British Theatre Playhouse presented two great “gigs” from British-born singer “Leo Sayer in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur”. Leo wowed audiences with his singing and energy and was living proof that good musicians never fade away, they get better with age!
In May 2015 we returned to one of the favourite forms of British theatre – farce. The Playhouse production of the world’s longest running comedy, “No Sex, Please – We’re British” starred Nick Wilton and was directed by Alister Cameron and enjoyed great success in both Singapore and KL.
In Singapore we were honoured to welcome, once again, President Tony Tan.
In April 2016 we produced “The Vortex” by Sir Noel Coward. This is the play that launched his career as one of the great British dramatists with its scathing expose of London high society in the 1920s.
Originally produced in 1924, it simply scandalised London but enjoyed phenomenal success at the box office and Coward, who was just at twenty four years old at the time, never looked back.
We have long wished to produce this play but the challenge was always to find the right actress for the demanding role of “Florence Lancaster”, the promiscuous, high society beauty facing advancing years and declining lovers.
It is with great pleasure therefore that we casted the distinguished Hollywood British actress Jane Seymour, OBE to appear for the British Theatre Playhouse in this role.
The production – set in the glamorous world of 1924 London – opened at Raffles Hotel, Jubilee Hall Theatre on April 28th 2016.
And once again, we organised a successful fund-raising “Art for Charity” gala to support the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Cross Singapore which was attended by President Tony Tan and his wife, Mrs Mary Tan, as well as the British High Commissioner, H.E. Scott Wightman and Mrs Anne Wightman, and the EU Ambassador H.E. Dr Michael Pulch and Mrs Gabriele Pulch.
In November 2016, the British Theatre Playhouse collaborated with Worldwide Entertainment in order to present in Singapore Let’s Dance – Paul Roberts Sings David Bowie. The show opened in Cé La Vi at Marina Bay Sands on 10 November and lasted until 12 November 2016. The show was attended by the EU Ambassador to Singapore, Dr Michael Pulch, and his wife, Gabriele Pulch, and other important people of the local political and financial scene.
David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), used to be a British pop singer, songwriter and actor, famous for hits such as Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, China Girl, and many more. Thus, he was one of the pop icons who influenced Paul Roberts, himself a singer, songwriter and actor and former lead singer of the British punk rock music band The Stranglers for more than 15 years. The other band members who comprised the band for that particular show in Singapore was Andy Ellis (guitar), Martin Lawrie (keyboards), Kita Steur (bass) and Jason Day (drums).
Also, when HRH Princess Anne attended a charity event on 3 November for two charities of which she is the Patroness, The Mission to Seafarers and Riding for the Disabled, Paul Roberts also performed there, after the respective arrangement of the BTP.
In June and July 2017, the British Theatre Playhouse produced Stars of the West End in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, in association with Worldwide Entertainment. The first event in Singapore was a regular performance, and the second one was a charity gala in aid of the charity organisation ‘Food from the Heart and was attended by the President of the Republic of Singapore HE Dr Tony Tan, the British High Commissioner HE Mr Scott Wightman, the EU Ambassador Dr Michael Pulch and the President of the British Chamber of Commerce, Dr Bicky Bhangu. Both the events took place at One Farrell Hotel and Spa. Likewise, there was a regular performance in Jakarta, attended by the Minister of Tourism HE Mr Ariel Yahya, and the Deputy British Ambassador and Head of Mission to Indonesia Ms Juliet Maric Capeling, and the event took place in Ciputra Artpreneur Theatre. Finally, there was a charity gala alongside a performance in Kuala Lumpur attended by Her Majesty Tunku Ampuan Tuanku Najihah, and the event took place at the Gardens Ballroom of the Gardens Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
In Stars of the West End, four leading stars of some of the most successful musicals in the history of London’s West End, such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISÉRABLES, CATS, CHICAGO, EVITA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MAMMA MIA!, MISS SAIGON, WEST SIDE STORY and WICKED!, presented songs from the aforementioned musicals.
The four leading in Singapore stars were Mike Sterling, Shona Lindsay, Tom Solomon and Jayne O’Mahony. In Kuala Lumour and Jakarta, Jayne O’Mahony were replaced by Yildz Hussein.
In October 2017, the British Theatre Playhouse in association with The British Club Singapore produced Tea with the Old Queen.
It is a one-man theatrical comedy written and directed by the award-winning writer Graham Woolnough and stars its current protagonist Ian Stark.
In June and July 2018, the British Theatre Playhouse produced the Asian tour of The Definitive Rat Pack in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, in association with Worldwide Entertainment. The British Theatre Playhouse is renowned for its many years of presenting to audiences in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia with the very best in live entertainment brought from London’s West End. This year they’ve extended their reach and Dubai is now included in their itinerary.
Having met in London’s West End in 2003 as the original cast of The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas, which earned an Olivier Award nomination, the British Theatre Playhouse welcomed Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams, and George Daniel Long, now known as The Definitive Rat Pack, to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai. The production has toured internationally and, driven by UK performers and musicians, now widens the impact of musical theatre in Asia. The first event in Singapore was a public performance, and the second one was a charity gala in aid of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and was attended by the new President of the Republic of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob, the British High Commissioner HE Mr Scott Wightman, and the Malaysian High Commissioner HE Dato’ Zulkifli Adnan. Both the events took place at One Farrer Hotel and Spa’s Grand Ballroom. Likewise, there was a regular performance in Kuala Lumpur, and the event took place in the Grand Ballroom of Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Finally, there were two regular performances in Dubai, and the event took place in Dubai Opera.
The Definitive Rat Pack in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai featured a special guest “Nancy Sinatra” played by Hannah Lindsey and a swinging 9-piece band. In 2019, the British Theatre Playhouse produced and presented Stars of the West End Sing The Rock Musicals in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Bangkok, in association with Worldwide Entertainment. The show sees the coming together of four leading West End stars from London in a medley of favourite anthems from smash-hit musicals in which they appeared in the same roles. Stars of the West End sing The Rock Musical stars include Ricardo Afonso, Carole Stennett, Shona Lindsay, Mike Sterling, Ross William Wild and Jenny Fitzpatrick.
In December 2019, the British Theatre Playhouse teamed up with The British Club, Singapore to produce and present A Christmas Carol, a unique one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. The play was performed and devised by acclaimed British actor, Clive Francis. Music and sound by Phillip Sheppard.
We believe it is important to innovate as art can be re-imagined by working with writers, and novels are the theatre of the mind where readers can immerse themselves in another world. In 2020, the British Theatre Playhouse commissioned the Christmas storybook “Covi, the little Christmas dinosaur” to inspire, uplift and bring joy to young children during the Christmas lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The book features a real-life hero, Harmonie-Rose Allen, a Paralympic gymnast and the first junior ambassador of a charity dedicated to fighting meningitis. Seven-year-old Harmonie-Rose lost all her arms and legs to meningitis when she was only 10-months old and has gone on to defy all the odds. The book received positive reviews and was featured in Good Morning Britain hosted by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, and the author of the book, Susie Cullen, was interviewed by BBC World News. Through the British Theatre Playhouse’s “Give A Child a Book” campaign, a total of 300 books were purchased and donated to children who could not afford it through the Singapore Children’s Society, including $500 raised for the afore-mentioned charity and GBP456 for Harmonie-Rose’s school book fund.
In 2020, the British Theatre Playhouse established a training arm, the British Theatre Playhouse Academy. It teamed up with Robin Kermode – an English actor, author of the best-selling book “Speak So Your Audience Will Listen”, media personality and global coach – to offer live virtual business communication programmes including Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Masterclass aimed at leaders, corporate teams and individuals who want to land their message and ace their presentation. The Academy is listed in the British Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Learning Hub.