The 70-minute long show, which will open to the public July 1 at Impression City, Kota Laksamana, recounts the long-forgotten tales of the historic city, from the stories of the early voyagers to the birth of modern Melaka.

As a new landmark, the Encore Melaka theatre promises to write a new chapter in the state’s cultural entertainment history. It is the focal point of the multi-billion ringgit Impression City, an integrated mixed development by Yong Tai in Kota Laksamana.

In this part of the world, many would be familiar with tourism and cultural spectacles like the Siam Niramit Show in Bangkok and the water-based stage production The House of Dancing Water in Macau.

Encore Melaka, helmed by China-based artistic director Wang Chaoge, is a major new player on the list. It is a state-of-the-art production of Melaka’s beginnings and growth through a timeline of six centuries, as told by Wang.

The director and her team spent nearly two years studying Melaka’s history, culture, traditions and most importantly, the people.

The Encore Melaka theatre boasts innovative and stunning video projection mapping and multi-stage hydraulic sets, advanced lighting and features a 360-degree rotating audience platform. The show features 200 local performers.

Encore Melaka is touted to be South-East Asia’s largest permanent show theatre that seats more than 2,000. The building was designed by Wang Ge from the Beijing Institute Of Architectural Design. It occupies 6ha of land and overlooks the scenic water view of the Straits of Melaka.

According to star2