Esplanade unveils new theatre shows and screenings of plays filmed live on stage

Get ready to fill your calendars with these must-see highlights – some are even free

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Esplanade The Studios
Photograph: Mark Douet

With Esplanade's dynamic programme lineup, the rest of 2024 promises to be a whirlwind of contemporary theatre productions and live film screenings. Dive into The Studios, an all-encompassing series of productions, talks, and programmes, or catch screenings of plays filmed live on stage at London’s National Theatre. Your calendar is sure to be packed – here are some key highlights you wouldn't want to miss.

One Day We'll Understand
Photograph: Joseph Nair

The Studios

While The Studios is a series dedicated to contemporary theatre, it's open to all – you don’t have to be in the industry to enjoy the experience. With both free and ticketed programmes, here's your chance to experience both local and international theatre. From now to September, you'll want to catch:

If you’re curious about the larger forces that shape our trajectories, then The Studios is the ideal theatre series for you. It explores how our perspectives come about, from the point-of-view of an individual to the collective thinking of a society, all while featuring the different perspectives of the artists. There’ll also be ample opportunities to chat with the artists after the show.

National Theatre Live
Photograph: Johan Persson

National Theatre Live

No need to fly to the UK when you can catch the same theatre productions, filmed live on stage with state-of-the-art filming techniques – this gives every audience member the best seat in the house. Head down to the Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade, from July 25 to 27. They've got four stellar productions lined up:

  • Vanya (July 25 and 27), a one-man adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya featuring Andrew Scott 
  • Nye (July 26), to follow the life journey of the man behind the UK’s National Health Service
  • Dear England (July 27), a dive into the UK's love for football, especially pertinent with the ongoing Euro 2024
  • The Motive and the Cue (July 27), a nod to Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s Hamlet rehearsals

Find out more about Esplanade's upcoming programmes here.

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