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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Singapore Not Ready for Kidman's Nudity




SINGAPORE -- The sexual round-robin play "The Blue Room," which took London and New York by storm with its briefly naked performance by Nicole Kidman, opens in conservative, tightly controlled Singapore next week.


The local production of the David Hare play, with a Singaporean cast, will be equally provocative, producer and director Ng Chin Han said Tuesday.


"It is sexual," Ng told The Associated Press, adding that his goal is to "move us out of our comfort zones and make [us] think a little about who we are and what we want."


Getting the play past Singapore's stringent censors was a milestone.


"The main thing was to convince them of the integrity of the production," Ng said.


"We've assembled a cast of highly respected actors who have been known for a long time ... We are not taking a sensationalist approach."


And speculation has indeed been rife about whether the nude scenes will be included in the variation that runs in Singapore. "Someone will be wearing a specially constructed bodystocking. We are still in rehearsals," Ng said.


The play will run from Oct. 12-17.