Magical Remake of The Nutcracker Set to Woo Audiences at Singapore’s Gateway Theatre this September

  • Brand new take on an old Christmas classic to feature enchanting magical performances by local artists, incorporating captivating music, dance, special effects and magic

Singapore, 31 Jul 2017 – Gateway Theatre, the new 9-storey creative arts space in Bukit Merah, has announced the debut of a special rendition of The Nutcracker, which will be staged at Gateway’s main theatre between 25th August to 10th September 2017.  

Produced and presented by Gateway Entertainment and P’Art 1 Design, The Nutcracker will transport you to a magical world of the timeless classic, now seen through a different lens, offering a unique and fresh experience and a one-of-a-kind treat for the senses.  The performance will infuse spectacular magic, special effects, video animation, and costumes that will capture the imagination and bring this wonderful tale to life. 

This magical, theatrical production, directed by Fan Dong Kai, will incorporate world-class illusions performed by award-winning illusionists and father-daughter duo Lawrence and Priscilla Khong. This is the first time the magic duo is staging a performance that has no narration or dialogue, and will rely solely on the art of magic, dance and state-of-the-art technology to tell the story. It will also combine classical music arranged in a modern style by renowned music director Kenn C. The retelling of the old Christmas classic will be the largest scale performance to be held at Gateway Theatre to date with an international dance troupe of 14 dancers and over 50 backstage production crew. The Nutcracker promises to take you on a magical adventure, that will dazzle your senses and touch your heart along the way. 

Creative Director for the production, Fan Dong Kai explained, “As there have been many versions of The Nutcracker to have been adapted to various performances, we have selected a version of the story that most audiences would be familiar with. What differentiates our production is that it is a magic show. In fact, it is a magic show that no one has ever seen or done before! We have adapted this timeless piece and given it a modern magical twist. Instead of ballet, we are using illusions, special effects, dance, video animation and costumes to tell the classic Nutcracker story. This will be a must see for anyone, young or old.” 

Gateway Entertainment is constantly in search of new ways to combine magic and theatre, consistently pushing the envelope to find creative and innovative ideas to capture the hearts and minds of their audience. For The Nutcracker, they have partnered with industry giant, P’Art 1 Design Pte Ltd, to conceptualise new ideas in presenting the illusions, to capture the essence of the timeless classic. Add this to the fact that the production will be staged for the first time in Gateway Entertainment’s own theatre space, and you have a winning combination that is bound to stand out among the rest. 

“We are definitely very excited to stage this new production at our very own Gateway Theatre as this gives us the flexibility to do a lot more, and make full use of the theatre’s auditorium acoustics, lighting and staging capabilities. As our productions can be technically challenging, this also gives us an opportunity to test our theatre to its maximum capacity. More importantly, it helps us establish ourselves as theatre owners and we hope this production will be a start for future collaborations with industry partners to bring in world class productions into Singapore,” said Nina Khong, CEO of Gateway Entertainment.    

Gateway Theatre officially opened its doors in July this year with an Opening Festival, showcasing multiple local acts and performances. The Theatre intends to be a creative work space that will attract and inspire local talent, as well as new and seasoned audiences, encourage artists to explore their creativity, and allow the public to explore their imagination. Gateway Theatre is located at 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 159461. 

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About Gateway Entertainment 

Gateway Entertainment is a production entertainment company dedicated to creating spellbinding experiences in illusion theatre, movies, community/social ventures and corporate events. 

Since it was created in 2000, Gateway Entertainment has built itself a reputation as a multidimensional entertainment powerhouse with the ability to produce successful original works that captivate audiences across the region and around the globe.  Drawing on the universal power of magic to move, enchant and delight, Gateway Entertainment has created and staged mega illusion theatre productions that have confounded and enthralled audiences from Las Vegas to Seoul. Its productions have been staged in more than 40 cities and five touring shows have been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. 

In its effort to shape and positively influence popular culture, Gateway Entertainment has produced 22 movies and telemovies that have been enjoyed by cinema and television audiences across Asia. 

In the social and community realm, Gateway Entertainment projects have reached out to over 11,000 disadvantaged beneficiaries in day care centres, homes and hospitals. Its numerous social initiatives have garnered the company national recognition, including nomination for SIP-Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 and 2008 for company founder Lawrence Khong. Gateway Entertainment’s flagship social initiative is Project SMILE – Sharing Magic In Love Everywhere – a programme that seeks to advance magic literacy by merging magic learning and social volunteerism. 

Additionally, Gateway Entertainment has staged hundreds of corporate events that have mesmerised some of the biggest names in the corporate world. 
Fusing creative vision with an outstanding ability to mount elaborate mega shows, Gateway Entertainment is an experience maestro that works magic every time. Whether for an audience of 1,000 or 15,000, each one of Gateway Entertainment’s productions has received critical acclaim from theatre goers, critics and magic aficionados.  
In particular, Gateway Entertainment’s ability to craft unforgettable experiences that are able to speak to the wide spectrum of audiences throughout Southeast Asia makes it the perfect partner for those seeking access to the enormous audience hungry for great entertainment in this region. 

Gateway Entertainment is helmed by Lawrence and Priscilla Khong, who are the first in Asia to win the highest honor of the magic community, the coveted Elite Diamond Merlin Award for Magician of the Year and Female Magician of the Year. With this Oscar of magic bestowed by The International Magicians Society, the world's largest magic society, Lawrence and Priscilla join the ranks of fellow luminaries David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller and Criss Angel. 
Gateway Entertainment: Simply Magic. 

To impact Singapore's Arts & Entertainment sector with innovative cutting-edge content for the positive development of social values and trends. 

Mission Statement
Gateway Entertainment develops and provides world class productions, and creative arts programmes that promote local talents, while championing healthy social and family values.