Readers of The Straits Times can vote for their favourite Singapore play from the nominees of the 2017 M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards and win exclusive invitations to the awards ceremony. One lucky reader will also win a weekend stay at designer hotel M Social Singapore.
The annual awards organised by The Straits Times' Life celebrate the best of Singapore theatre from the previous year's programmes.
A panel of judges decide the top prize, Production Of The Year, while theatregoers can vote online for the Production Of The Year (Reader's Choice) award.
To vote, go to http://str.sg/lta17vote. Voting closes on March 30. The show with the highest number of votes wins.
Readers who take part in the online contest will be entered into a lucky draw. Ten winners will each receive a pair of passes to the invitation-only awards ceremony held at the Esplanade Recital Studio on April 10.
One of these 10 readers will win the grand prize of a two-day, one-night weekend stay at the M Social Singapore hotel, designed by famous French architect Philippe Starck and located at Robertson Quay by the Singapore River.
The stay will be in the duplex-style Loft Gallery room. It comes with breakfast for two plus dinner for two at the hotel's Beast & Butterflies restaurant.
The five nominees in the running for Production Of The Year include Cake Theatrical Productions' Electra, a reworking of the Greek tragedy about a princess seeking to avenge her father. There is the feminist love story B*tch: The Origin Of The Female Species, from actress-writer-director Edith Podesta, presented by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Also in the running are family dramas Falling, from Pangdemonium, and Grandmother Tongue, presented by Wild Rice, as well as Manifesto, an epic history of arts and censorship in Singapore, presented by Drama Box and The Necessary Stage.
M Social Singapore, the sponsor of this year's reader's contest, is part of Millennium Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of City Developments Limited (CDL).
Mr Kwek Leng Beng, executive chairman of Hong Leong Group and CDL, said: "Hong Leong Group has been a strong supporter of the arts for some time now, so we are happy to continue our partnership with the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards. This is the seventh consecutive year that we are supporting this signature event."
CDL is a member of the Hong Leong Group.
It is the 17th year of the annual theatre awards and this year there are 68 nominees in 14 categories. These includes the Best Production For The Young Award, organised in partnership with the National Arts Council.
Communications company M1 has been the title sponsor since 2015. The awards are also organised in collaboration with the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
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