Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

+6568288377
1 Esplanade Drive (subway City Hall)
www.esplanade.com/

The Esplanade complex, which is situated along the coast of the Marina Bay, is one of the largest and the most famous cultural centers in Asia. This unusual building is often called Singapore’s architectural miracle, a landmark of a bright, modern, vibrant city.

The Esplanade building itself is in the shape of two glass semi-spheres, which are covered with a multitude of mini-tents that protect complex’s premises from the burning rays of the sun. Construction works were finished in 2002, setting the state back a colossal 600 million Singapore Dollars. Due to its needle-shaped roof, the Esplanade is often compared to the durian – a local tropical fruit with an appalling smell but an amazing taste, which also has a similar ‘spiny’ shell. The architects responsible for the Esplanade's design – Theatres on the Bay – actually wanted it to be associated with a microphone, rather than putrid fruit.

A Concert Hall with excellent acoustics and 1600 seats, as well as a theater with space for 2000, in the style of the best European operas, are located inside the grounds of the cultural center. Two studios, an outdoor theater, a gallery, several upscale restaurants, a shopping center and an underground parking garage are also situated there. In addition to these facilities, Singapore's first dedicated arts library can also be found, sheltering under the peculiar roof of the Esplanade. A huge amount of printed and multimedia materials on the various arts – music, dance, film, theater and the like – is gathered here.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay offers a wide choice of cultural programs to fit the tastes of a varied audience. It regularly hosts a range of performances - musicals, operas and concerts - that are performed by local and foreign artists, as well playing host to various festivals.

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Reviews: 125
Sienny

I came here several times just to admire the architecture & design of the building, the landmark of Singapore, but this time I came for Joey Alexander jazz pianist prodigy. Sounds impaccable

10.11.2017  
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Sienny

Concerts halls, shows

10.11.2017  
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Sophie

Spectacles gratuits!

13.09.2017  
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Arun

Esplanade has some really beautiful view from the top of the building. Do not miss the view of the city from the top during evening times.

22.06.2017  
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macbook

Water Damage Macbook Pro Repair, Motherboard Repairing Macbook Pro

31.05.2017  
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Atif

Expected it to be much bigger with lots more to do. However it's not bad. Has some restaurants and a very cool library

13.04.2017  
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Alex P.

My fav spot at night to chill with a cuppa. Great view over MBS.

01.11.2016  
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Cheen

Locals call this place the "Durian". However from sky, we see more curves than thorns of the popular local fruit. Aerial photo taken by Yeo Kai Wen. Source: Straits Times

21.08.2016  
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Andi

Circle 1 is always the best choice

19.07.2016  
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Gabi

Live shows. Many of them! Quite new names but really good quality. Amazing promoters that spoil the audience and give a chance to young bands to prove themselves

07.07.2016  
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Gary

There are performances outside Esplanade during the weekends at the covered pavilion. Take a spot facing Downtown Singapore and chill.

09.02.2016  
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Anya

live jazz over the bay - just perfect

08.01.2016  
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David

A great venue. Staff can be a bit officious at times.

05.01.2016  
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muhazam

Momazing expirience

26.12.2015  
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Elise

Nice to walk around the premises in the evening even if you're not here for a concert / show.

10.12.2015  
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Reza

Manu things to see. Good for walking.

29.11.2015  
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Nik

Great theatre space in a great location. Rooftop has best view in SG!

14.11.2015  
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edmund ng

Wonderful! Great place, good direction leading, great enviroment! Had a great night here with #tommyemmanuel performance!

10.11.2015  
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Elizabeth

Always no network inside the theatre. But that's good for no interruptions to shows.

02.11.2015  
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Mathew

you can spend the whole day here:-)

06.09.2015  
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