Local theatre and production company W!ld Rice has canceled the Wednesday night performance of its play, 'La Cage Aux Folles", after learning that its timing and venue would clash with the memorial service for the late Mr Othman Wok.
Mr Othman Wok's memorial service is also scheduled to be held at the theatre on the same day at 6.30PM. Carparks and the civic district will be locked down and there will be no access to Victoria Theatre during the service.
W!ld Rice has made arrangements for its ticketers to make alternative ticketing arrangements.
W!ld Rice Artistic Director Ivan Heng expressed some disappointment that fans who have shown their support for the production had to be rescheduled, but added that he was amicable to the change: "This is a memorial for one of Singapore’s first generation of leaders, and we appreciate the significance of the occasion. We have worked with various government agencies to help make this happen.
"The Company has been gearing up to the curtain rising on a full-house at 8pm. Words cannot express how much we have been looking forward our first night audience. We appreciate you for booking a ticket on faith and loyalty – before even reading reviews or hearing news on the grapevine. Many of our dearest friends have also made arrangements to travel from abroad - Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, London, Sydney, Paris - in a show of support."
Read the official statement from W!ld Rice here:
"We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Othman Bin Wok and wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family.
As there will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 at the Victoria Theatre, W!ld Rice's performance of La Cage Aux Folles on that day at 8pm will be cancelled. For those who have purchased tickets for that night's show, W!ld Rice are offering the following alternatives:
- Customers can choose to replace their tickets from any other available show dates.
- The replacement will be of the same price category bought and subject to availability for that chosen show date.
- Customers need not pay for the difference if the value of the new tickets are higher than the original value purchased (as the price for 19 Apr Preview show are lower).
- In the event if customers are not able to make it to any of the other show dates, W!ld Rice will then offer a full refund accordingly.
Customers are requested to contact their respective booking agent to make the necessary ticket arrangement.
We will always remember Mr Othman for his many contributions to our nation and our prayers are with the wife and family of Mr Othman Wok during this time of mourning."