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Esplanade Theatres on the Bay

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Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
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Time Out says

Few buildings have created such a stir as this one. Opened in 2002, the eye-catching bayfront complex has been dubbed ‘the durians’ by locals because of its resemblance to the spiky tropical fruit. Built at a cost of $600 million, the Esplanade is Singapore’s premier performing arts centre and often draws comparisons with the Sydney Opera House. Its crown jewels are the 1,600-seat Concert Hall and the 2,000-seat Theatre. There is also a black box Theatre Studio (seating 220) and a Recital Studio (245). Programming is an eclectic mix, veering from Western to Eastern flavours and including festivals and touring productions.

Esplanade Recital Studio
The Recital Studio – which has a total capacity of 245 seats – boasts stellar acoustics, and is used for musical performances, seminars and press conferences.

Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
With a 100-person capacity, the Rehearsal Studio is of a similar size to the Theatre Stage and is most suitable for dance rehearsals and pre-performance warm up sessions, featuring long mirrors on three walls as well as ballet barres on all four sides.

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

The Esplanade Outdoor Theatre hosts a variety of performances ranging from music, dance to theatre.

Esplanade Waterfront
With a seating capacity of 450 people, this spacious outdoor theatre by the waterfront along Marina Bay presents a variety of music, dance and theatre performances that, coupled with cool breezes and a gorgeous view of the city, make for a memorable experience.

Esplanade Theatre Studio
Of a similar size to the Esplanade Theatre’s main stage, the Theatre Studio can seat up to 220 people and offers a flexible performance space for various experimental theatre and dance presentations: three seating configurations are possible and the studio is equipped with highly adaptable staging, lighting and sound systems.

Esplanade The Edge
This open air facility can house medium to large-scale performances. It is used frequently during festivals to entertain the crowd along the waterfront.

Esplanade The Bay Room
Used for private events, and also the venue for some Esplanade programmes such as Bitesize and Learning Journeys.

Esplanade Concert Hall
The 1600-seat Concert Hall is the jewel-in-the-crown of The Esplanade.

Community Wall @ Esplanade
A location tucked away on the third floor of the Esplanade Mall means that this refreshing array of paintings by local and international artists often gets overlooked.


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Esplanade Presents – Stream of Memory

This December, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay welcomes the internationally acclaimed Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia for their biggest production to date – Stream of Memory.  Known for their whimsical yet incisive puppet performances, Papermoon Puppet Theatre has collaborated with artists and designers from Singapore on a play that explores our deep connection with nature. This lyrical non-verbal production follows Sang and Jun, who spend their days playing by the river. One day, Sang encounters the giant Kali and through their journeys together, they discover who Kali is and what he once was.  Created in response to the encroachment of urban environments on rivers and the natural world, Stream of Memory invites audiences to revisit their memories of nature and to deepen their appreciation for the wonders around them.  Audiences can enjoy this enchanting journey through standard theatre seating on chairs or experience a more intimate performance with floor seating. Stream of Memory, an Esplanade Commission and Production, is happening from December 13 to 18 at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade, and is part of In New Light – A Season of Commissions that celebrates Esplanade's 20th anniversary.  Book your tickets at 

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