Plays to Watch this Month

Musicals, operas, a circus, and more! Here are the shows you shouldn’t miss this August.

( Get ready for parodies, homegrown arts and culture, international performers, and a few off-Broadway shows. Did we mention that the circus is coming to town? It's going to be a festive month for Manila's theater fans.



Theater group: PETA

When: August 1, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Where: PETA Theater Center, No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

Cast: Gaye Galiluyo and Georgette Sanchez

Synopsis: This one-hour dance concert directed by Agnes Locsin explores "the literal, physical, and symbolical virtues of the texture and strength garnered from the trunks that bear the weight of life." It features international artists and Ballet Philippines alumni Gaye Galiluyo and Georgette Sanchez.

Ticket prices: P500 (VIP), P350 (Regular), and P220 (Students)

Purchase tickets via PETA Office at (02) 725-6244 and (0916) 309-0707


Sintang Dalisay

Theater group: Tanghalang Ateneo

When: Aug. 1-4, 7 to 11 and 14 to17 at 7 p.m., Aug. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m., and Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University

Synopsis: This dramatic piece is forged from two writings: Ang Sintang Dalisay ni Julieta at Romeo by G D. Roke in 1901 and Romeo and Juliet, Rolando Tinio's translation of the William Shakespeare classic. Set in Sampurna, an imaginary Muslim community, the story revolves around secret lovers Rashiddin and Jamila, who come from prominent families mired in an age-old hatred for each other.

Ticket prices: P250

Purchase tickets at the door or via Regina Aquitaña at (0915) 112-9301


Noli Me Tangere: The Opera


Theater group: Dulaang UP

When: Aug. 1, 2 and 8-10 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 11 and 12 at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Where: Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman

Cast: Jonathan Velasco, Cynthia Guico, Rica Nepomuceno, Joy Abalon Tamayo, Myramae Meneses, Antonio Ferrer, Luigi Manzano, and Elainne Vibal

Synopsis: Under the tutelage of vocal coach Camille Molina and director Alexander Cortez, UP's opera singers breathe life into Jose Rizal's timeless novel retold by National Artist Felipe Padilla de Leon.

Ticket prices: P250. Student and senior citizen discounts apply.

Purchase tickets at the door or via Dulaang UP at (02) 926-1349, (02) 981-8500 loc. 2449, and (02) 433-7840.

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Dula Salle 2012: Realidad

Theater group: DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild

When: Aug. 1-4 at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., & 6 p.m.

Where: William Shaw Little Theater, De La Salle University, Taft Ave.

Synopsis: To open the 46th season of the Harlequin Theater Guild, directors Rielle Ramos, Andrea Villaflores, Antoinette Go, and Zoe Delos Santos bring to life four short Filipino stories penned by Genaro Gojo-Cruz-Mcdonalisasyon, Posporo, Ang Pigtas Kong Tsinelas, and Mga Anak ng Bayan.

Ticket prices: P150

Purchase tickets at the door or via Donna Sta. Ana at (0917) 806-2891 or (0922) 805-1700


Layag: Journey of the Filipino Soul in Dance

Theater group: Kaloob Philippine Music and Dance Ministry

When: Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. & Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.

Where: Folk Arts Theater, CCP

Synopsis: To keep our Filipino arts and culture from fading, Layag brings back authentic and centuries-old music and dance onstage. This colorful festival aims to tell the story of the Filipino, which is "not written on paper, but in music and dance."


Ticket prices: P500, P200 & P100

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or at the Kaloob Bookstore in CCP


13: The Musical

Theater group: Ateneo Blue Repertory

When: Aug. 4 & 11 at 3 p.m.

Where: Fine Arts Theater, 3/F Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Manila University

Cast: RJ Santillan as Evan, Bernice Reyes as Patrice, David Mercado as Archie, Roxci de Leon as Lucy, Raya Esteban as Kendra, Darrell Uy as Brett, Wrench Canicosa as Malcolm, Nikki Surtida as Eddie, Arjo Mejilla as Simon, Maronne Cruz as Charlotte, and Abegail Esteban as Cassie

Synopsis: Catch the last two shows of this campus hit directed by Toff De Venecia. 13: The Musical brings us back to our awkward days as a 13-year-old, where fitting in is as tough as math homework. Both cool kids and geeks at heart will enjoy the catchy musical numbers and comical acting of Ateneo's talented thespians.

Ticket prices: P200

Purchase tickets at the door or via Aina Pacificador of Blue Rep at (0917) 500-2462


Florante at Laura

Theater group: Gantimpala Theater Foundation

When and where: Aug. 3, 4, and 5 (9 a.m., 12 nn. & 3 p.m.) at AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo; Aug. 10, 11, and 12 (9 a.m., 12 nn, & 3 p.m.) at Star Theater, Star City Compound; Aug. 17, 18, and 19 (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.) at Cinema 3, SM Southmall

Cast: Yutaka Yamakawa and Al Gatmaitan as Florante, Vera Capiral as Laura, Arkin Da Silva as Adolfo, Leo Ponseca as Aladin, and CJ Mangahis as Flerida


Synopsis: Florante at Laura, the Francisco Balagtas story that almost every Filipino high school student is familiar with, is back onstage. The timeless love story of two pairs of lovers, Florante and Laura and Aladin and Flerida, is set in the dark kingdom of Albania, which is caught in a web of chaos. See how true love conquers all and bravery restores peace to the land.

Ticket prices to be announced

Purchase tickets at the door or via Gantimpala at (02) 998-5622


Joe: A Filipino Rock'sical

Theater group: Philippine Stagers Foundation

When and where: Aug. 4 to 5 (8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., & 5 p.m.) at SM North EDSA Cinema 9; Aug. 7  to 9 (8 a.m., 11 a.m., & 2 p.m.) at Dagupan Convention Center; Aug. 11 (8 a.m., 11 a.m., & 2 p.m.) at Teatro Marikina; Aug. 12 (8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., & 4 p.m.) at SM Centerpoint Cinema 1; Aug. 18 to 19 (8 a.m., 11 a.m., & 2 p.m.) at SM North EDSA Cinema 9; Aug. 25 and 26 (8 a.m., 11 a.m., & 2 p.m.) at SM North EDSA Cinema 9

Cast: Patrick Libao, Atty. Vince Tañada, Monique Azerreda, Kevin Posadas, Jordan Ladra, Cindy Liper, Kierwin Larena, Adelle Ibarrientos-Lim, Chris Lim, Chin Ortega, JM Encinas, Cherry Anne Bagtas, and Gabby Bautista

Synopsis: If you think you know all there is to Jose Rizal, think again. This original Filipino rock musical deconstructs the schoolbook ideology on our national hero. Playwright and director Vince Tañada presents the more human side of Joe as opposed to the demigod image that Filipinos have known him for.


Ticket prices: P250

Purchase tickets via (0927) 391-3447



Theater group: Cirque Du Soleil

When: Aug. 9 at 8 p.m., Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., Aug. 14 at 8 p.m., Aug. 15 at 8 p.m., Aug. 16 at 8 p.m., Aug. 17 at 8 p.m., Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. & 8 p.m., and Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Where: SM Mall of Asia Arena

Synopsis: After the success of Fuerza Bruta, Cirque De Soleil is back! A cast of 50 artists from 20 countries is coming to Manila for a "kaleidoscopic celebration of awe-inspiring artistry and agility." Brace yourselves for breathtaking acrobatics, circus characters, festive performances, and gravity-defying acts.

Ticket prices: P10,500, P7,500, P5,500, P3,500, P2,500, and P1,200. Children four feet and below get 20% off the regular rate.

Purchase tickets via SM Tickets


Walang Sugat

Theater group: Tanghalang Pilipino

When: Aug. 9 at 8 p.m., Aug. 10, 17, and 25 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Aug. 11, 18, and 26 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Aug. 12, 19, and 27 at 3 p.m.

Where: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP

Cast: Cris Villonco, Noel Rayos, Antonio Ferrer, Noemi Manikan-Gomez, Bodjie Pascua, Lou Veloso, Jennifer Villegas, Jean Judith Javier, Red Nuestro, Jonathan Tadioan, and Gino Ramirez

Synopsis: Severino Reyes' libretto first presented in 1902 resurfaces in our modern era to show us how a love affair can spark a revolution amidst the American colonization. Multi-awarded filmmaker Carlitos Siguion-Reyna debuts as Walang Sugat's musical director, while "Bayan Ko," one of the most popular patriotic songs of the Philippines, is featured in this sarswela.


Ticket prices: P800. Student and senior citizen discounts apply.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld or TP at (02) 832-1125 locals 1620-1621


Wizard of Oz

Theater group: Repertory Philippines

When: August 18 to  December 16

Where: Various schools and locations. Visit for the full list of dates and venues.

Cast: Coming soon

Synopsis: L. Frank Baum's masterpiece comes to life with Repertory's interpretation of the magic of Oz. When a tornado whisks Dorothy away from Kansas to the land of Oz, she goes on a quest to find the mighty wizard who has the power to send her back home. In her journey she encounters unique characters such as the Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion, and the wicked Witch of the West. Not to be confused with the hit MGM film, this local version of Wizard of Oz does not include songs from the original 1939 fantasy film.

Ticket prices: Coming soon

Purchase tickets via and Ticketworld


Forbidden Broadway

Theater group: Upstart Productions

When: August 24 (8 p.m.) and August 25 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.)

Where: RCBC Theater, Makati

Cast: Liesl Batucan, Caisa Borromeo, OJ Mariano, and Lorenz Martinez

Synopsis: After its successful run in May, "the funniest show in New York" is back for a limited engagement. This musical revue features popular songs from Broadway musicals such as Rent, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and Cats with satirical lyrics that poke fun at the shows and original stars. Director Joel Trinidad promises surprise guests for the three shows in August.

Ticket prices: P1,100, P1,000, P900, P800, P700, and P600


Purchase tickets via Ticketworld and Upstart Productions at or



Theater group: PETA

When: Aug. 24-26, and 31, Sept. 2, 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23

Where: PETA Phinma Theater, No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

Cast: Eugene Domingo, Edgar Allan Guzman, Phil Noble, Joey Paras, Jeff Henson-Dee, She Maala, Olive Nieto, Dudz Teraña, Junevir Tabor, and Juliene Mendoza

Synopsis: Lino Brocka's critically acclaimed film, which originally starred Nora Aunor and Philip Salvador in 1980, is making its theater debut set in contemporary Manila. Actress Eugene Domingo plays the title role, a spinster call center agent who becomes a fan of Gino Sanchez, a contestant in the talent search, Star of Tomorrow. Her disturbing obsession with Gino pulls her into a quicksand of worship and pity.

Ticket prices: P1,300, P1,000, P800 & P600

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld


The Phantom of the Opera

Theater group: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

When: August 25 to September 30

Where: CCP Main Theater, Manila

Cast: Peter Jöback as The Phantom, Sofia Escobar as Christine, and Killian Donnelly as Raoul. Click here to view the tentative cast.

Synopsis: Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece finally comes to Manila. Watch Christine, Raoul, the disfigured musical genius known as The Phantom, and the powerhouse international cast perform Broadway classics such as "Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You" live for the Manila audience.

Ticket prices: P7,000, P5,800. P4,500, P3,500, P2,250, and P1,750

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld


Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience

When: Aug. 28, 29, and 30 (7:30 p.m.), Aug. 31 (5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), Sept. 1 (2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), and Sept. 2 (5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.)


Where: Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati

Cast: Daniel Clarkson and Jeff Turner

Synopsis: Not to be confused with A Very Potter Musical, the YouTube hit that forayed Darren Criss into Glee stardom, Potter Potter is another Harry Potter parody that will leave both wizards and muggles in stitches. Written and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson (not Radcliffe) and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is "perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed)."

Ticket prices: P2,950, P1,900, and P950

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld


Alamat: Si Sibot at Si Gunaw

Theater group: Ballet Philippines

When: Aug. 24 to 26 and Sept. 1 to 2

Where: Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Star City Compound, Pasay City

Synopsis: Based on the children's book written by Palanca hall of famer Ed Maranan, this production features a timely environmental message in a mythical setting. Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is onboard as the artistic director with Osias Barroso as artistic associate.

Ticket prices: P600. 50 % discount for students.

Purchase tickets via Ticketworld


The Woman in Black

Theater group: Dulaang Kalay of Kalayaan College

When: Aug. 31

Where: T.E.A.T.R.I.N.O., Greenhills Promenade

Cast: Jeremy Domingo as Actor and Reb Atadero as Arthur Kipps

Synopsis: One of the few horror plays in the world, The Woman in Black is based on the novel by Susan Hill. It tells the tragic tale of Arthur Kipps through a performance by a hired Actor. As they re-enact the strange occurrences during Kipps' short stay in the Eel Marsh House, they soon discover a malevolent figure that refuses to be exorcised.


Ticket prices: P500 for regular admission. 25% off for students and teachers. 50% off for Kalay students and staff.

Purchase tickets via Gabe Ongkiko at (0905) 428-3371


Photos from Facebook (Ballet Manila, Ateneo Blue Rep, DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild, Dulaang Kalay, Dulaang UP, Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Kaloob: Philippine Music and Dance Ministry, PETA, Philippine Stagers Foundation, Tanghalang Ateneo, Tanghalang Pilipino, and Upstart Productions),,,, and

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