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The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles

DIRECTED BY Christine Sergeant
STARRING Fazli Ahmad / Claire Devine / Tian Devine / Candice De Rozario / Rehaan Engineer / Tony McGill / Ian Tan / Jo Tan / Patricia Toh
DATES 13 – 17 August 2008
VENUE Drama Centre Theatre

1826. Sir Stamford Raffles lies on his deathbed, delirious with dreams and hallucinations, whilst his wife Sophia frantically records his biography. A giant Rafflesia blossom invades his bedroom; he meets his deceased first wife Olivia, and encounters a talking statue who bears prophecies of greatness.

As his life flashes before him, we witness his birth at sea, his early voyages, his triumphant founding of Singapore, and his eventual tragic downfall – with his children dead of tropical diseases, his research destroyed in a burning ship, and himself bankrupted and diagnosed with syphilis.

The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles was nominated for Best Script, Best Actor (Rehaan Engineer) and Best Costume Design, and won Best Set Design at the Life! Theatre Awards 2009.

“A wild, witty take on the life and times of the founder of Singapore… the production came through with energy and theatrical flair… an ace cast handled their roles and verve… you will root for this play.”
– The Straits Times