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With exciting events all around in the coming months, there’s plenty of time to plan your trips.

Phantom of the Opera, London, 2017, Credit: Johan Persson

Iconic Musical

The Andrew Lloyd Webber smash hit musical The Phantom Of The Opera makes its Kuala Lumpur premiere this June. Based on the classic novel of the same name by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom Of The Opera tells the story of titular Phantom, a musical virtuoso who hides his disfigured face behind a mask and haunts the Paris Opera House from his subterranean lair. He falls in love with the beautiful and talented young singer Christine, and jealously fights to win her love from her childhood friend Raoul. Look forward to enjoying the music of the night that has kept audiences in Broadway and the West End entertained for over 30 years.

  • When: 15–23 June
  • Where: Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Vibrant Festival

WOMADelaide returns to the city’s Botanik Park to entertain audiences with a jam-packed line-up, showcasing the best in music, art and dance. This year, the vibrant, four-day open-air festival’s main attraction is French art company Cie Artonik’s The Colour of Time, a unique immersive dance experience that pays homage to the traditional Indian festival Holi. This contemporary reinterpretation sees dancers inviting members of the public to join in a massive dance-theatre parade, in a display of unity and friendship amid an explosion of colours.

  • When: 8–11 March
  • Where: Botanic Park, Adelaide, Australia 
Credit: JNTO
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Beautiful Blossoms

As spring blossoms across Japan, visitors to Tokyo will want to put Sumida Park on their itinerary for the Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival. Over 600 cherry trees line the park on both sides of the Sumida River, and visitors who come at the right time are guaranteed an extraordinary hanami (cherry blossom viewing) experience as the beautiful light pink flowers bloom all at once. The trees are lit up after dark and visitors can marvel at them by either walking through the tunnel of cherry blossoms or going on a cruise on the river to enjoy the sight from afar.

  • When: Around late March to early April
  • Where: Sumida Park in the Sumida and Asakusa area, Tokyo, Japan

The World’s A Stage

“To be, or not to be”, goes the saying, and what better place to hear the famous Shakespearean line uttered than at a full-scale temporary working replica of William Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre? The current season of Pop-up Globe in Auckland uses some of Shakespeare’s famous works to discuss the contemporary issue of gender and sexism. These are highlighted particularly in the two featured comedies, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. Also showing this season are the dark and bloody Richard III as well as one of the most famous plays in theatre history, Hamlet.

  • When: Until 14 April
  • Where: Pop-up Globe, near Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland, New Zealand
High-Tech Theatre

What makes the award-winning West End play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time such an incredible experience is its innovative use of giant projection screens on the stage floor and walls to illustrate the inner workings of the protagonist Christopher, a 15-year-old amateur detective and mathematical genius with an apparent disorder on the autism spectrum. Follow this high-tech mystery tale as Christopher works to uncover the culprit behind the murder of his neighbour’s dog and the dangers he faces on his journey to the outside world. The play has made a long-awaited return to the West End for a limited season after a successful UK and international tour.

  • When: Until 27 April
  • Where: Piccadilly Theatre, London, U.K.