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The White Rajah of Sarawak Musical

July 5, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Balancing historical accuracy and artistic creativity, this musical chronicles the life of James Anthoni Brooke, an English adventurer who left his English shores for the shores of Borneo.

The initial story starts off with his childhood days in Bath, England, followed by his battle days in Burma. Then he sets off for a great adventure in his schooner, The Royalist.

White Rajah Musical James Brooke

the white rajah musical with Sultan

Together with his English interpreter, Thomas Williamson, he arrives on the bank of the Sarawak River, to the tiny town of Kuching. They meet Pangiran Indera Mahkota, the Brunei-appointed Malay governor of Sarawak. At the same time they also meet the heir to the Sultan of Brunei, Pangiran Raja Muda Hashim who is visiting Sarawak with his brother, Pangiran Badruddin.

James’ many adventures lead him to fall in love with the land and people of Sarawak. The Malay, Chinese and Iban cultures are portrayed artistically in scenes where James meets with the local inhabitants of Sarawak.

Ultimately, he is installed as the first White Rajah of Sarawak because of his feats of defeating the pirates that infested the coast of Sarawak.

The White Rajah of Sarawak Musical - Battle scene

But he still has to deal with the Chinese uprising. The story ends with him escaping the uprising alive, and triumphantly overpowering the uprising.

All photos credit to Jonathan Tan Lian Jun

Show Times

Jul 5th 7.30pm
Jul 6th 8.00pm
Jul 7th 7.30pm


Tickets range from RM80 – RM200. Terms and conditions apply.


The White Rajah of Sarawak (TWROS) is an original musical production by St Joseph’s Family of Schools. It was first produced and staged in 2017.

A restaging of this well-received musical is part of RainForest Fringe Festival 2019 with new cast, new songs, new choreography and additional script.


July 5, 2019
July 7, 2019
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ACCPC Grand Hall Kuching
St Joseph’s Cathedral, 1, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg


St Joseph’s Family of Schools, Kuching
082-414575 / 420575
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