Fast Facts about Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore:
- In 1989, the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts recommended that an arts center be built for Singapore.
- In 1994, the project was officially named Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore.
- Construction began on August 11, 1996.
- Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Tony Tan officiated the construction ceremony.
- On October 12, 2002, the arts center officially opened to the world.
The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore has about eighteen venues for all your entertainment needs. To see who is presenting a performance this year, visit the official website of Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore. When you visit the Esplanade in person, remember to keep a lookout for the Skylight Cones that line Theater Street; they are an innovative way to lighting up a space. The best place to begin, however, is either at the Concourse or the Forecourt; they are the first meeting points for visitors. From there, those people who are interested in learning more about the history of Esplanade Theatres on the Bay Singapore can visit the Passages.
What are the main venues like?
Thanks to the world-renowned acoustician, the late Russell Johnson of Artec Consultants Inc., the Concert Hall is known for its outstanding acoustics in a variety of musical performances and it has a seating capacity of 1,600. Constructed in the shape of a horseshoe, the Theater feels intimate despite being Singapore’s largest performing stage and a seating capacity for about 2,000 spectators.
When it comes to chamber music and solo recitals, cabarets or jazz concerts, the Recital Studio is ideal. The Theater Studio demonstrates that staging, lighting and sound systems can be capable of adapting to different performance needs. A great option for performances, the Rehearsal Studio also offers a large space. There are Hospitality Spaces for small, and not so small, functions. The Bay Room is available for more intimate, private events.
The Roof Terrace makes great use of the spectacular views of the skyline and it is available for special receptions. Known to host free performances, the Outdoor Theater is a beautiful venue set against the Marina Bay. The Edge, another outdoor venue, hosts performances that are “different” or experimental in nature.
Interested in the creative use of spaces?
The Jendela, a Visual Arts Space by Cristal Caritas Trust, is Malay for “window” and this gallery certainly fits its name by offering its second storey perspective to the Marina Bay at the Esplanade. The Tunnel also puts its 85 m walls and floors to good use, while connecting the Esplanade to Raffles City MRT. Or you could consider the third level Community Wall, which is said to “surprise and delight” its visitors. For the sheer number of multi-media artworks that exist today, the Esplanade has done it’s job by offering plasmas@basement screenings. Last but not least, the library@esplanade uses its space for books, services, and information on the performing arts.
What does community mean to the Esplanade?
It certainly means a lot since special programs are offered to senior citizens, the youth, and the public in general. The Esplanade also offers training programs for a fee to those individuals interested in becoming Technical Theatre Specialists. The Esplanade is a non-profit organization and many other activities are offered for free. But for ticketed performances, there are certain guidelines visitors should keep in mind. Children under six, in arms, or without tickets, will not be admitted. Audio and video recording is not permitted. To pick up tickets, visitors will need the original credit card used, along with their identification/passport. There is no formal dress code but warm clothing is suggested by the Esplanade.
Looking for some shopping and dining while you’re there?
The Esplanade has it all covered. They have brought together the many food and beverage establishments into four different categories for your perusal: Asian, Colours By The Bay, Cafés & Bars, and Western. For shopping, it might be more meaningful for visitors to explore the Esplanade Shop. They can find items related to performances they have seen, or choose from Esplanade signature goods. The Esplanade also put together five categories of shops in the area in case visitors are looking for something else: Beauty, Gifts, Services, Fashion, and finally Music.