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Winners of 16th M1 - The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards Revealed

Singapore, 27 April 2016 - The winners of the 16th M1 - The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards were revealed on Monday, 25 April, at an awards presentation ceremony at the Esplanade Recital Studio.

Mr Baey Yam Keng, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, was the Guest-of-Honour.

For the second year running, communications company M1 Limited (M1) is the title sponsor of the awards, which is organised in collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. The nation’s premier theatre awards honour the best productions and talents of the preceding year.

There were 70 nominations across 14 categories this year. Reflecting the nation’s introspective mood in 2015, nominees include the 100-year spanning, five-hour epic Hotel by Wild Rice (seven nominations including Best Production and Best Director); and a musical tribute to Singapore's late founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew with The LKY Musical by Metropolitan Productions (five nominations including Best Production and Best Original Script). 

Hotel, by Wild Rice, was awarded Production of the Year and Best Ensemble. The LKY Musical won Production of the Year - Readers' Choice.

A new award, for Best Production for the Young, honouring Singapore companies that create outstanding performances for young audiences aged 12 and below, was given out this year. It was awarded to The Wee Question Mark And The Adventurer - A Children's Musical (The Theatre Practice). The award is organised in partnership with the National Arts Council (NAC).  

Except for the award for Best Production for the Young, this year's awards were judged by a four-member panel comprising Matthew Lyon from the School of the Arts’ (SOTA) Faculty of Theatre; as well as arts reviewers Helmi Yusof of The Business Times, Tang Hwa Kwee of Lianhe Zaobao and Corrie Tan of The Straits Times.

The judges for the Best Production for the Young award were: independent artist educator and vice-president of the Singapore Drama Educators Association, Peggy Ferroa; seasoned drama educator and assistant director for talent development and programming at the NUS Centre for the Arts, Jeffrey Tan; founder and director of ACT 3 Theatrics, R Chandran; and The Straits Times Life entertainment editor and father of two, Andy Chen.

Attachment: Winners' List

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About The Straits Times
The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of two media networks - the Asia News Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. Its revamped paper won a gold medal for overall newspaper design by the World Association of Newspaper at the Asian Media Awards in Manila this year.

About M1 Limited

M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit

About Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade is Singapore’s national performing arts centre. Its year-round line-up of about 3,000 performances presented by Esplanade, its collaboration partners and hirers include a diverse calendar of ticketed and non-ticketed programmes featuring dance, music, theatre, visual arts and more, making the arts accessible for everyone. The centre works in close partnership with local, regional and international artists to develop artistic capabilities and content, push artistic boundaries and engage audiences. It also develops technical capabilities for the industry nationally. 
This architectural icon, with its distinctive twin shells, houses world-class performance spaces complemented by a comprehensive range of professional support services. Its two main venues are the 1,600-seat Concert Hall and a Theatre with a capacity of 2,000. In May 2015, Esplanade was chosen as one of SG Heart Map’s 50 special places.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is operated by The Esplanade Co Ltd, which is a not-for-profit organisation, a registered Charity and an Institution of a Public Character.
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About National Arts Council

The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, we want to develop a distinctive global city for the arts. With a nod to tradition and an eye to the future, we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone's lives. 

For more information on the Council's mission and plans, please visit